Fl1C - Etelä-Suomi

Innovation Performance Group (2019) : Leader -

Total population (2019) 1152719

Population per km² (2017) 37

Proportion population older 65 year % 24,80%


Etelä-Suomi is the most populous region of Finland, it also has the highest economic and innovation activity. The region has a strong  base supported by a strong national policy in co-ordination.This has been based on the systemic approach to innovation policy at the national level since the early 1990s, which has emphasized the importance of interdependencies and collaboration among research organisations, universities, firms, and industries due to increasing importance of knowledge as a competitive asset.

Is the region looking for international/European/interregional collaboration opportunities? 

Yes - Smart Specialisation Platforms (Personalised medicine, Medical technology)

Membership status

Member ICPerMed? no 

Mountain ? Non-mountain

Member Euregha? no 

Adriatic-Ionian MacroRegion? no

InnoStars Region? no 

Northern Sparsely Populated Area (NSPA)? no

PM region according EC? no 

Baltic Sea MacroRegion? yes

S3MedTech region? no 

Danube MacroRegion? no

S3P4PM region? no 

Alpine MacroRegion? no

Regions4PM region? no

MedTech4Europe? no 

Central Europe? no

S3ClusSport member?  no

Council of European BioRegions (CEBR)? yes

1M+Genome initiative? country level member

European Regions Research & Innovation Network (ERRIN)?

Vanguard Initiative? no

ERAPerMed? no

Policy documents

Regional: Regional Strategy 

  1. Regional Smart Specialisation https://kumppanuusfoorumi.fi/alykas-erikoistuminen/

Topics covered by policies : Medical research and innovation (-omics, biomarkers, diagnostics, etc.); Education, training and skill development; ICT/genomics, health, lifestyle data(infrastructure)

NACE Personalised Medicine/Personalised Health   related to Research and Innovation objectives: Q.86 - Human health activities; M.72 - Scientific   research and development

Scientific domain NABS Personalised   Medicine/Personalised Health related to Research and Innovation: NABS07 - Health

Policy objective Personalised   Medicine/Personalised Health related related to Research and Innovation objectives: D - Digital transformation; D.19 - Artificial   intelligence, cognitive systems, augmented and virtual reality,   visualisation, simulation, gamification & interaction technologies; E -   KETs; E.39 - Industrial biotechnology

Policy document (RIS3): Yes  

Policy document PM@RIS3: Yes

  1. Auria Clinical informatics (EU Digital innovation hub status) 

  2. Life Science Accelerator

  3. Biomarker commercialisation BiC 

  4. Auria biobank 

  5. Turku center for disease modeling TCDM research center 

  6. Turku bioimaging research center www.bioimaging.fi

  7. Biocity Turku research center 

  8. Collaborations with Helsinki, Tampere, Oulu

  9. Acute Team in Youth Psychiatric Services Targeted to the Residential Child Care 

  10. Baltic eLearning in Health and Medical Informatics


  12. Baltic Sea Region Network in Doctoral Training in Nursing/Health Sciences 

  13. City Twins Co-operation Network

  14. Co-operation in networks of child care issues

  15. Cross-border co-operation in healthy exercise

  16. eMedic - Developing New Practices for Teleconsultation and Diabetes 

  17. Health education and social advice for low-income families with young children centralbaltic.eu/projects

  18. Empowerment of Families with Children 

  19. Practical implementation of Health in All Policies in the municipalities for better health for all in the Baltic Sea Region 

  20. Urban Labs for Better Health for All in the Baltic Sea Region - boosting cross-sectoral cooperation for health and wellbeing in the cities 

  21. Moving Towards Wellbeing 

  22. Skills for social and working life for the middle-aged men with past addiction problems 

  23. Networking as a resource in elderly care

  24. Harmonization of on Board Medical Treatment, Occupational Safety and Emergency Skills in Baltic Sea Shipping 

  25. Supporting the Smart Specialization Approach in the Silver Economy to Increase Regional Innovation Capacity and Sustainable Growth 

  26. Simulation pedagogy in learning ethics in practice in health care

  27. Virtual Elderly Care Services on the Baltic Islands 

  28. Digital Innovation Hubs:

Is the region represented in: Horizon2020; Regional Smart Specialisation Strategy Platforms/Partnerships (RIS3); EIT Health/InnoStars/Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS); other?

- Council of European Bioregions CEBR

Self evaluation

General perception of the implementation level of PM in the region - High

Rate of the need for developing and implementing PM in the region - High

Rate of the need for increasing support/funding for PM activities in the region - High

Rate of the need for increasing the capacity of PM skills in the region - High

Rate of the genomics literacy of the citizens in the region - High

Rate of the need for increasing interregional collaboration in PM - High

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 

2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 825046

The project is co-ordinated by Department Economy, Science and Innovation (EWI) of the Flemish Government.

Department Economy, Science and Innovation - Koning Albert II-laan 35 1030 Brussels, Belgium