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Fl1C - Etelä-Suomi

Regional website

Innovation Performance Group (2021) : Strong +

Total population (2019): 1152719

Population per km² (2019): 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)

Policy documents

Regional Strategy for Research and Innovation for Smart Specialisation (RIS3)

Major initiatives

  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

  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

  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 

Digital Innovation Hubs:

Membership status

  • Baltic Sea MacroRegion

  • Council of European BioRegions (CEBR)

  • 1M+Genome initiative - country level member

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