Arctic strategy


The reason behind the renewal of Finland’s Arctic Policy Strategy is the increase in the emphasis of the Arctic region and the strengthened vision of the whole of Finland as an Arctic nation.

Finland has versatile Arctic expertise and a strong interest in contributing to the development of the Arctic region. The new Arctic Policy Strategy highlights this willingness.

Finland’s new Arctic Policy Strategy defines the aims and means of Finland’s Arctic policy in order to promote them. The strategy addresses:

  • residents of the region
  • education
  • research
  • the economy
  • infrastructure
  • environment
  • stability
  • international Arctic cooperation.

Finland is an active and responsible actor in the Arctic region. All the activities in the Arctic region must be based on:

  • ecological carrying capacity
  • climate protection
  • principles of sustainable development
  • respect for the rights of indigenous peoples.

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In the Lapland Regional Program, the Arctic plays a key role in promoting the vitality of the region.


The Regional Council of Lapland supports the development of Laplanders to become top experts in sustainable development.

Vision for 2025: Smart and international Lapland is an Arctic pioneer. In the cleanest province of the world, we are building sustainable competitiveness, wellbeing, and success. #RakkaudestaLappiin

The Arctic is a natural part of the everyday life of Laplanders in all areas of life. Laplanders have adapted their actions to the surrounding nature and there is a will to become top experts in the northern regions of Finland and the European Union in terms of sustainable development.


The Lapland Agreement is a development strategy that presents an overall picture of the region’s strategic development and priorities for funding, as well as long-term prospects.

The Lapland Agreement contains the Lapland Regional Programme 2022–2025 and the Regional Plan for 2040.

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The City Strategy for Rovaniemi 2030 defines the City’s relationship with the Arctic and sustainability.

Rovaniemi is a suitably sized Arctic capital town. Rovaniemi combines northern nature with an urban environment, self-confident localism, and openly international.

We operate in accordance with the UN criteria for sustainable development. Agenda 2030, the UN Agenda for Sustainable Development, aims to eradicate extreme poverty and to achieve sustainable development that takes equal account of the environment, the economy, and people.

The underlying principle of the programme is that no one is left behind in development. These principles also guide the activities of the City of Rovaniemi.

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