Central Ostrobothnia

Central Ostrobothnia is a region located by the Gulf of Bothnia. It borders to the regions of Ostrobothnia, Northern Ostrobothnia, Central Finland and Southern Ostrobothnia. Central Ostrobothnia consists of thirteen municipalities, the biggest town being Kokkola.

The nature, the sea and the clean environment are keys to the high quality of life in Central Ostrobothnia. In the past tar trade and shipbuilding were the main industries which connected Central Ostrobothnia to other Nordic countries and to the rest of the Europe. Good connections are also behind the success of the current day; efficient harbors, an airport, highways and high quality data connections enable excellent conditions for business and leisure.

Central Ostrobothnia is a growing region and it offers possibilities especially in the fields of high quality process technologies, logistics, electronics and fine mechanics.

The Smart Specialization Priorities of Central Ostrobothnia

• Inorganic chemistry cluster and chemical industry processes
• Kokkola Industrial Park next to major northern port with expertise in logistics
• Metal industry, machinery
• Entrepreneurship and international trade
• Biovalley brand describes rich natural resources; forestry, furs, clean nature environmentenabling
organic food and pure dairy products
• Knowledge in renewable energies, energy efficiency and energy conservation technologies (battery cells)
• Energy efficient pre-fabricated house constructions
• High-end boat building and customized sail boats
• International research and education
• Well-functioning labour market and high productivity
• Wellbeing region: e.g. traditional and high-tech health services; tourism potential e.g. hiking in wilderness and sea shores; silent, clean and safe environment enhancing quality of life

More information on Smart Specialization in Central Osthrobotnia here (pdf).