Stories of the Finnish Arctic Expertise

People power for cleaner air

11.10.2017

The municipality of Ii in Northern Ostrobothnia received the prestigious RegioStars trophy in Brussels on October 10. There were a total of 103 contestants and 24 EU funded projects were shortlisted for the finals. Ii won the category Energy Union: climate change.

The municipality of Ii is on track to cut CO2 emissions by 80 % thanks to a switch to renewables and redesigning public services with its citizens. From 2007 to 2015, Ii reduced its CO2 emissions more quickly than any other municipality in the country, according to the Finnish Environment Institute, SYKE. It achieved these savings by redesigning public services, using less energy and switching to renewable energy.

To take this impressive achievement further, Ii turned to its citizens, in its Innovative Low-Carbon Public Services project. Through consultation methods such as workshops or competitions, citizens shared ideas on how to make climate-friendly choices desirable and easy. Their insights have improved public transport and cycling infrastructure, helped re-zone the town centre, introduced smart technology into public services and led to a scheme to recognise businesses that save resources.

The co-design approach has not only made public services more citizen-focused and  better value, but it has enhanced cooperation and efficiency between municipal departments.

Ii plans to co-design further improvements to services to cut CO2 emission levels to 20 % of 2007 levels before 2020. It hopes to use the RegioStars Award to raise awareness of its successful approach in municipalities across Finland and beyond.

RegioStars Awards identify good practices in regional development and highlight original and innovative projects that are attractive and inspiring to other regions.

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People power for cleaner air

11.10.2017 15:00

The municipality of Ii in Northern Ostrobothnia received the prestigious RegioStars trophy in Brussels on October 10. There were a total of 103 contestants and 24 EU funded projects were shortlisted for the finals. Ii won the category Energy Union: climate change.

 

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Southern Finland wants to be more involved in Arctic cooperation

11.10.2017 9:02

Officially, Finland is an Arctic country in its entirety. In the southern parts of the country, Arctic questions can often seem remote and irrelevant. Three regions in Southern Finland have now decided to re-examine their role in the Arctic cooperation. On October 12, they are arranging a conference on Southern Finland and sustainable Arctic cooperation.

 

Finland's Arctic history and future

7.9.2017 2:28

Finland has been building its northern identity for centuries. Arctic is a cultural definition, says Professor Maria Lähteenmäki. She is the editor of Footprints in the snow – The Long History of Arctic Finland, a collection of articles on the history of Finland’s Arctic science and policies. The texts show the way Finnish image of Northernness has changed in science and research and in political rhetoric and practice.

 

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New ways to enjoy your reds, blues and yellows

7.8.2017 14:07

From July to October, berries are everywhere. Instagram feeds are full of colourful photos of the results of days spent berry picking in the forest. Restaurant chefs propose new delicacies bursting with the flavours of bilberries, cloudberries and buckthorn berries. Wild berries are healthy, they taste wonderful and they are free for everyone to pick. Berries are also fascinating raw materials for innovations.

 

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A different kind of summer

4.7.2017 8:00

For the centenary of Finnish independence in 2017, a group of researchers will board an expedition of a lifetime. Multipurpose icebreaker Nordica will set sail from Vancouver for Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, through the legendary Northwest Passage.

 

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Constructing new digital highways in the Arctic regions

16.6.2017 11:00

Data traffic is growing exponentially. There are major bottlenecks in the current connections. The Top of the World Arctic Broadband Summit in Oulu discussed broadband development and its implications for the Arctic societies and businesses.

 

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The idea of Amandan was born out of the clouds: instead of going ice swimming you can take a cold mist shower

2.6.2017 12:13

According to research cold therapy can relieve stress and improve the quality of life. Cold therapy eases pain and helps muscles recover. Panu Vapaavalta has developed a cold mist treatment that can be used in every bathroom.

 

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Listening to Northern Lights and Receiving Messages from Outer Space

29.5.2017 15:08

The Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory studies everything between heaven and earth. Originally, the scientific community landed in Sodankylä because of the northern lights