Finland handed the Arctic Council Chairmanship to Iceland in May, but Arctic affairs are still at the heart of Finland’s policies as it assumes the EU Presidency on the 1st of July.
No Rovaniemi declaration, but the Arctic spirit still prevails. The 11th Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting ended with mixed feelings but with sincere wishes for the cooperation to continue.
Rovaniemi is hosting six major Arctic meetings this week. In the 11th Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting, Finland will pass the gavel of the chair to Iceland.
During the two years of Finnish Chairmanship, the Lapland Arctic Council Host Committee has toiled behind the scenes to display Lapland’s Arctic expertise to visitors and to provide information about the Arctic Council to the locals.
Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) is now providing global and continuous information on soil freeze and thaw.
In the sparsely populated areas of Northern Finland, regular bus lines provide an invaluable transport service for inhabitants, tourists and businesses alike.
Oulu is a leading city for year-round commuting by bike. Laura Paloheimo cycles to work, come sleet or shine.
Senior Arctic Official René Söderman reviews the Finnish Chairmanship of the Arctic Council in his account of the SAO meeting in Ruka. The article was first published on the Ministry for Foreign Affairs website um.fi.
Finland has high-quality water in abundance. Water expertise a major asset for Finnish growth business and exports.
Finland is the happiest country in the world for the second year running according to the World Happiness Report 2019.
Northern Finncattle is an endangered heritage breed. Päivi Soppela and Anne Tuomivaara want to make its delicious, nutrient-packed milk available to discerning gourmets and help revive rural life in Lapland.
The University of Helsinki and Stockholm University have decided to launch a new strategic partnership in Arctic research.
A new book published by the Arctic Centre of the University of Lapland opens the Finnish perspective to the developments in the Arctic from the 1980s to the present day.
Winters are changing. Ruka Ski Resort and POW Finland are taking action to make it possible for the future generations to enjoy real snow on the ground.
In recent years, China has undertaken an effort to demonstrate its growing knowledge of, and commitment to, the Arctic region. A new study presents a multifaceted picture of China’s rise as an actor in the Arctic, and as Finland’s Arctic partner.
Finnish-Norwegian working group investigating the preconditions for the construction of the Arctic railway has completed their report. For the time being, the report does not present any further measures for promoting the railway project.
What kind of role can Finnish agriculture play as a mitigator of climate change? An extensive project portfolio rings together Finnish food production players and top teams in climate and grass research.
Top scholars are seeking solutions for protecting critical digital infrastructure in the Arctic against cyber threats.
The Rovaniemi Arctic Spirit Conference, fourth in a series, focuses on climate change in the Arctic, especially from the point of view of young people. The conference, which will take place on 12-13 November 2019, wants the voices of the future generations to be heard.
A group of Finnish, U.S. and Estonian military personnel are testing their combat capability and skills in harsh Arctic conditions in Sodankylä.
Tourism in Finnish Lapland is growing in record numbers this Christmas season. For most visitors, snow and the Santa are the main attractions.
In the northernmost corner of Finland, the sun went down in late November, and will rise again in mid-January. Contrary to popular belief, the Polar Night is not completely dark.
International Master Class on Media and the Arctic in Tampere addresses the changes taking place in the circumpolar regions from global, environmental and visual perspectives.
Mine projects in Lapland caused controversy already in the 17th century. Understanding history can help us handle today’s conflicts better. The ARKTIKO programme finances research on changes in the Arctic region.
When the top slalom skiers in the world race down Levi Black slope this weekend, they are relying on the work of Finnish snow experts.
“Barents cooperation is Arctic collaboration at its best, in its most practical form. Our perspective is that of the people living in the north, not the viewpoint of the capitals”, says Roman Gokkoev, Executive Officer at the International Barents Secretariat.
The Arctic Environment Ministers have travelled to Rovaniemi to discuss climate change, biodiversity and pollution prevention and to seek solutions for these pressing issues.
Climate change must stay firmly on top of our agenda, affirmed President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö as he opened the Arctic Biodiversity Congress in Rovaniemi.
Finland is setting a precedent to reduce the environmental impact of meetings. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland organises all the Arctic Council meetings in Finland during the Finnish chairmanship in an environmentally sustainable way.
The Arctic ministers of environment will meet in Rovaniemi on 11-12 October. This is the second time they meet in Rovaniemi. The first time was in 1991, and that meeting launched the Arctic cooperation as we know it.
European cross-border cooperation programmes between Finland and Russia and with Swedish and Norwegian participants in the North Calotte region are back on track.
Improving the digital infrastructure in the Arctic region is one of the objectives that parliamentarians representing the eight Arctic countries and the European Parliament set in their conference in Inari last week.
The Arctic Resilience Forum in Rovaniemi on 10–11 September 2018 seeks to develop the resilience of the Arctic region to global warming.
ARCTIC STORIES Gosia Smieszek and Tahnee Prior want to hear women’s voices in the Arctic debate.
ARCTIC STORIES Beyond Arctic takes visitors to shoot great photos of the extraordinary sceneries in Lapland.
ARCTIC STORIES According to the Finnish Minister of Transport and Communications Anne Berner, Finland’s Arctic transport projects are a part of a bigger picture that defines Finland’s position in the global environment.
This July was the warmest July ever recorded by the Finnish Meteorological Institute during its history. In Lapland, the average temperature was five degrees Celsius higher than usual.
ARCTIC STORIES Lappset wants people of all ages to jump into everyday adventures, to shape up while having fun. The family-run company is stretching itself to conquer new markets.
Tourists come to the Arctic region to see the Northern Lights and to experience the pure, quiet wilderness. How can we combine tourism and nature in the north in a sustainable way?
Polar library experts gather in Rovaniemi this week. Cooperation is the key to effective information management.
The salmon populations in the rivers in the North of Finland are going through changes. Pink salmon and mackerel are some of the most recent potential threats.
The Arctic Economic Council (AEC) expresses its concern regarding the recent signs of increased protectionism in global trade. It may have negative cumulative effects on Arctic trade.
Senior Arctic Official René Söderman and Director for Northern Europe Kalle Kankaanpää of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland reflect on the Arctic Council chairmanship.
Football club Rovaniemen Palloseura – RoPS - is the sublime expert in the Arctic variety of the most popular sport in the world.
Satellite navigation is part of our everyday life, in communications networks and transport services, for example. In the Arctic region, the navigation systems do not function optimally.
The annual Arctic Business Forum started on Wednesday in Kemi with very optimistic tones when it comes to the current business climate.
Surrounded by forests, the town of Kuhmo has created a unique wood cluster that serves as a source of jobs, wealth and wellbeing.
Keeping up to date with news and stories from Arctic Finland is now easier. Starting today, the @ArcticFinlandia Twitter account will tweet only in English, and you can subscribe to our Arctic newsletter.
Yukigassen is a Japanese word, but Kemijärvi has made yukigassen a delightful Finnish winter sport. Teams are competing in the European Championships this weekend.
Finnish Meteorological Institute has participated in a new study that shows that plant leaf uptake of mercury lowers global air pollution. The researchers found that the biological mercury pump seizes half of all global mercury emissions caused by humans.
This year we have an exceptionally large amount of snow in the entire Northern Hemisphere. The Arctic Meteorology Summit in Levi discusses weather phenomena in the Arctic region.
Two Finnish Arctic experts are joining forces to provide satellite-based ice information for their customers operating in the polar seas.
Applying targeted geoengineering to stall the fastes flows of ice into the oceans is a topic worthy of serious research and investment, scientists argue.
The Arctic Council will gather in Levi on 22-23 March 2018 for Senior Arctic Officials’ meeting, to address the issues of meteorological cooperation and connectivity, both critical in the Arctic.
A railway routing to the Arctic Ocean via Oulu, Rovaniemi and Kirkenes is the option that a new task force by Finnish and Norwegian authorities will examine further.
Finnish SAR satellite manufacturer ICEYE today announced an agreement with Kongsberg Satellite Service to purchase synthetic aperture radar satellite tasking and data from ICEYE.
A tanker has run aground off the Oulu coast, and heavy fuel oil has spilled at sea. This frightening scenario is the starting point for an international Arctic oil recovery exercise at the Bay of Bothnia.
ARCTIC STORIES Finland’s northernmost Pride festival is painting the city of Rovaniemi in rainbow colours this weekend with events ranging from roller derby to danceoke.
Compared to recent years, this winter has been very challenging for sea transport along the Finnish coastline and at sea. Nine icebreakers now assist marine traffic.
ARCTIC STORIES Top snow sculptors from around the Baltic Sea are braving the cold in Nallikari, Oulu. The stunning sculptures they create will form a transient winter art exhibition.
ARCTIC STORIES The Arctic Design week brings designers and businesspeople together in Rovaniemi for the 10th time. The event promises unique opportunities to learn about sustainable design.
Mining company Agnico Eagle Finland has announced an expansion investment at its Kittilä gold mine of approximately 160 million euros.
WORDS FROM THE EDITOR: The railroad tracks running northwards from Rovaniemi or from Kolari will soon dominate the headlines.
Black carbon is a major contributor to climate change. It causes almost a quarter of the warming in the Arctic region. A recently released Finnish animated video tells about ways of mitigating problems relating to black carbon.
At first glance, Rovaniemi looks like any other small Finnish town in December. When you look closer, there is a hint of magic in the air.
ARCTIC STORIES: If a tanker runs aground in the Arctic seas, Finnish company Lamor will most likely have provided the equipment used in the oil spill rescue.
Rovaniemi Arctic Spirit gave space to regional actors - Arctic city council members, mayors, and governors - to discuss how they see the future of the Arctic.
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.
The way Arctic regions are portrayed in mainstream media is seldom accurate. Exoticism and conflicts bring more clicks than in-depth stories about life in the North.
There are many disparities in health between Arctic countries and regions, between indigenous and non-indigenous populations and between rural and urban areas, but the general view is grim.
Is it possible to reconcile the interests of all land users? Whose priorities are the most important? Researchers and various stakeholders having interest in land use modes such as mining, forestry and reindeer herding had a heated debate.
What do we mean by a resilent Arctic bioeconomy and how can we strengthen it? Natural and social ecosystems were the theme of one of the first panels on the second day of the Rovaniemi Arctic Spirit Conference.
The panels on the first day of the Rovaniemi Arctic Spirit Conference focused on three aspects of the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in the Arctic region – economy, science, and the next generations.
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.
Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Press release 199/2017, 14 November 2017
The Arktikum building in Rovaniemi was dedicated to celebrate Finland's 75 years of independence. Today, Arktikum celebrates Finland’s centenary year with Arctic Expo.
What do the Sustainable Development Goals mean from an Arctic point of view? How can we translate them into Arctic economy, policies and language? The Rovaniemi Arctic Spirit Conference seeks answers to these questions, in novel ways.
ARCTIC STORIES: 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.
Senior Arctic Council officials met in Finland for the first time during Finland’s Chairmanship on 25-26 October 2017. The meeting brought together representatives of the states and organizations involved in the work of the Council.
The Barents Euro-Arctic Council (BEAC) convened for its XVI Session under the chair of Russia on 18-19 October in Arkhangelsk. In a joint declaration, the Council recognised the importance of cross-border transport connections for economic development.
ARCTIC STORIES: 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.
Three southern regions have decided to re-examine their role in the Arctic cooperation. On October 12, they arranged a conference on Southern Finland and sustainable Arctic cooperation.
ARCTIC STORIES: Finland has been building its northern identity for centuries. Arctic is a cultural definition, says Professor Maria Lähteenmäki, the editor of Footprints in the snow – The Long History of Arctic Finland.
Arctia’s multipurpose icebreaker Nordica transited the Northwest Passage in on the Arctic 100 Expedition. One of the explorers was Ari Laakso of the Arctic Centre, who filmed the time-lapse video from the journey.
ARCTIC STORIES: Wild berries are healthy, they taste wonderful and they are free for everyone to pick. Berries are also fascinating raw materials for innovations.
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.
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.
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.
The Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory studies everything between heaven and earth. Originally, the scientific community landed in Sodankylä because of the northern lights
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