News from Arctic Finland
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    Lamor keeps the Arctic seas clean

    11.12.2017 15:49

    If a tanker runs aground in the Arctic seas, Lamor will most likely have provided the equipment used in the oil spill rescue. The Finnish company has sold their solutions to Norway, to USA and to Canada. Ninety-five percent of Russia’s new icebreakers have Lamor equipment.

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    Regional cooperation and the future of Arctic cities

    17.11.2017 21:54

    Although cities have a great role in achieving sustable goals, the regional and local authorities are often not invited to the debates. Rovaniemi Arctic Spirit gave space to the Arctic city council members, mayors, and governors to discuss the future of the Arctic.

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    Quality education can foster diversity

    17.11.2017 14:07

    Culturally sustainable education in the Arctic needs to include indigenous and local knowledge. School must enable the children to adapt to the multiple changes taking place, yet learn to embrace their own culture.

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    Local knowledge is the strength of Arctic media

    16.11.2017 22:35

    The way Arctic regions are portrayed in mainstream media is seldom accurate. Exoticism and conflicts bring more clicks than in-depth stories about the life in the North. ​The panellists at the Arctic Media session at the Rovaniemi Arctic Spirit all agreed that local and regional media serve an important purpose for the people in the Arctic.

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    Well-being of the future Arctic generations

    16.11.2017 22:28

    Thursday morning panel on Well-being among Young People in the Arctic began with a set of sobering health statistics. There are many disparities in health between countries and regions, between indigenous and non-indigenous populations and between rural and urban areas, but the general view is grim.

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    Sustainable modes of land use from the perspective of users’ interests

    16.11.2017 16:13

    Is it possible to reconcile the interests of all users of the land? Whose priorities are the most important? The heated discussion emerged at the panel “Sustainable development and modes of land use: reconciliation of different land users' interests”. The session gave floor to researchers and various stakeholders having interest in land use modes such as mining, forestry and reindeer herding.

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    Sustainable bioeconomy – how to ensure the responsible use of natural resources in the Arctic?

    16.11.2017 15:54

    "Because of the multiple expectations and pressures towards the region, fostering the resilience of the natural and social systems of the Arctic is more and more important" – said Jari Leppä, Finnish Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, in his video greeting launching one of the first panel discussions of the second day of the Arctic Spirit Conference, "Resilience and sustainable bioeconomy in the Arctic". What do we mean by the resilent Arctic bioeconomy and how can we strengthen it?

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    Opening remarks of Minister Soini at the Arctic Spirit Conference

    16.11.2017 13:52

    Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, 15.11.2017

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    UN Sustainable Development Goals in the Arctic region – economy, science, and the next generations

    15.11.2017 22:14

    The panel discussions held on the first day of the Rovaniemi Arctic Spirit Conference focused on the three aspects of the implementation of seventeen United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals in the Arctic region. From defining the most sustainable path of the economic growth to contributions and needs of the science to youth's understanding of the sustainable future, discussions brought important answers to questions crucial for the Arctic and the globe.

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    Striving for a sustainable Arctic

    15.11.2017 22:05

    The need of innovative approaches in combining the economic, environmental and social aspects of life and development in the Arctic came up repeatedly during the first sessions of the Rovaniemi Arctic Spirit Conference.

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    Foreign Minister Soini to the Arctic Conference in Rovaniemi

    14.11.2017 11:00

    Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Press release 199/2017, 14 November 2017

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    Arctic anniversary presents

    13.11.2017 17:48

    When Finland celebrated its 75 years of independence, the main anniversary ceremony in Lapland was the dedication of the Arktikum building in Rovaniemi. Today, Arktikum celebrates Finland’s centenary year with Arctic Expo.

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    New exhibition in Arktikum presents Finnish Arctic expertise

    10.11.2017 9:00

    In Arktikum Science Centre, a new exhibition called Arctic Expo 2017 will be opened to the public on November 15, 2017. The exhibition showcases the expertise and know-how of Finland in Arctic related technologies. In the exhibition, the visitor can learn how the Arctic is present in our daily lives and why Finland has world leading companies developing Arctic technologies and products.

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    The main Arctic event of Finland’s centenary will start in Rovaniemi

    8.11.2017 12:45

    The international Rovaniemi Arctic Spirit Conference takes place in Rovaniemi next week. This is the most important Arctic event of Finland’s centenary year, and it is closely linked to Finland’s chairmanship in the Arctic Council.

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    The 10t Polar Law Symposium in Rovaniemi focuses on global and local governance of the Polar Regions

    8.11.2017 9:42

    The 10th Polar Law Symposium will be held in Rovaniemi, Finland on November 13-14, 2017. This year the symposium will focus on the issues of the global and local governance of the Poles and it will include panel sessions concerning the Arctic and Antarctic regions, the protection of the environment, the rights of indigenous peoples and the issue of cyber and digital security in the Polar Regions.

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    Enter into the Arctic Spirit in Rovaniemi

    2.11.2017 15:17

    What do the Sustainable Development Goals mean from an Arctic point of view? How can we translate those goals into the Arctic economy, policies and language? The Rovaniemi Arctic Spirit Conference is seeking answers to these questions, in novel ways.

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    ICEYE can see where others cannot 

    1.11.2017 11:25

     ICEYE is the first commercial satellite company in Finland. Its story began on a satellite project at Aalto University. Two engineering students, Rafal Modrzewski and Pekka Laurila were learning about nanosatellites, and decided to commercialize their skills.

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    Senior Arctic Officials gather in Oulu

    26.10.2017 12:13

    Senior Arctic Council officials are meeting in Finland for the first time during Finland’s Arctic Council Chairmanship on 25-26 October 2017. The meeting brings together representatives from the eight Arctic States, the six indigenous Permanent Participant organizations, six Working Groups, and over 30 Observer states and organizations.

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    BEAC supports cross-border transport connections

    19.10.2017 16:50

    The Barents Euro-Arctic Council (BEAC) convened for its XVI Session under the chair of Russia on 18-19 October in Arkhangelsk, Russia. In a joint declaration, the Council recognised the important role of cross-border transport connections for economic development.

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    Looking at the North from the inside

    19.10.2017 10:50

    The Arctic region is the focus of worldwide attention. The Arctic Studies Program at the University of Lapland offers Finnish and international students a unique possibility to learn more about this region from the inside perspective. The teaching team consists of experienced researchers of the Arctic Centre, who specialize in Arctic issues and give an in-depth look into the region based on their own research.

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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.

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    Barents Studies discuss mayoral strategies, Northern identity and global megaprojects

    28.9.2017 8:00

    The new issue of the international peer-reviewed journal Barents Studies feature three very different articles that foreground three studies located in the Barents and Euro-Arctic regions. One of the overarching commonality among the articles is that they all use comparison in order to make cogent observations about historical and present-day communities in the Barents High North and Arctic. The journal features four young scholars of the Barents Region: Camilla Brattland, Morgan Ip, Maria Lvova, and Gerald Zojer.

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