Pohjois-Pohjanmaa (FI1D)

Population per km2- 6


Innovation Performance Group (2019) : Strong +

Northern Ostrobothnia / Pohjois-Pohjanmaa is a region of Finland with a population of 400,000. The regions’ S3 priorities include a focus on clean technologies, including energy; mining, steel and processing industries, and wood processing; health and wellness technology; ICT and software applications for industry.


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

Policy document (RIS3): Yes

Policy document PM@RIS3: No - Health and welfare. In the updated version (coming by the end of the year), personalised medicine will be mentioned.

Major initiatives


  1. Body area emulator  

  2. Oulu Health ICT Hub  

  3. Biobank Borealis  Biopank 

  4. Biocenter Oulu  Services 

  5. Oulu Health Lab  Services 

  6. S3P4PM

  7. Medtch4Europe

  8. Co-created Health and wellbeing

  9. Activating civic activities in Karelian villages

  10. Addressing challenging health inequalities of children and youth between two Karelia

  11. Anastasia

  12. Online Guidance Applications and Practices Promoting Health Literacy in the Northern Periphery 

  13. Empowering School e-Health Model in the Barents region

  14. Barents Cross Border University development project

  15. Border Region Studies – Development and Implementation of Educational Programmes Dealing with Border and Peripheral Regions in the EU

  16. Building shared knowledge capital to support natural resource governance in the Northern periphery 

  17. Competitive Health Services in Sparsely Populated Areas - eHealth Applications across the Urban-Rural Dimension 1.8 

  18. Cross-Border Move for Health

  19. Decreasing the Health Gap

  20. Developing Cross-Border Knowhow on the Prevention of Social Exclusion of Children and Youth

  21. Gaze towards Arctic 

  22. Development of disease prevention and health promotion in two Karelias 2013-2014

  23. Information Centre of Health Services on an Open Data Network

  24. Innet Kainuu Karelia III

  25. It’s Our Life

  26. New kick-off for inclusive and vital countryside 

  27. Lifelong Wellbeing

  28. Multimodal Communication System for Health Services 

  29. Northern Dimension advisory network – North Karelia

  30. Presenting the healthy lifestyle of 11–12 -year old children

  31. Psycho-social well-being of children and young people in the arctic area,I & II

  32. Supporting health know-how and reducing health risks in Karelia

  33. The Eastern Network of Knowledge and Learning

  34. The Healthy Exercise Project of Kainuu and Karelia

  35. Tailored, situation focused digital service to support subjective wellbeing of the elderly couples in sparsely populated areas 

  36. Digital Innovation Hubs:


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


  1. Horizon2020;Regional Smart Specialisation Strategy Platforms/Partnerships (RIS3)

  2. EIT Health/InnoStars/Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS)

Image attribution

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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