Figures assembled by show that the regions of Lapland and Northern Ostrobotinia in 2014 produced respectively 368 GWh and 340 GWh, a year-on-year growth of 22 percent and 47 percent respectively. That is the quickest growth in wind power generation in the whole northern Scandinavia and Barents Region, BarentsObserver reports....
The Lapland province covers a 98,984 square kilometer area and is Finland`s northernmost region. It borders on Murmansk Oblast and the Republic of Karelia in the east, the Norwegian Finnmark County in the north and the Swedish Norrbotten County in the west. It is Finland` biggest but least populated area. The region Lapland is rich in natural resources and has several metal and mineral ore production sites, a well-developed forestry industry and as major tourism industry.
The region is administered from Rovaniemi, the regional capital, which also is the site for regional key institutions like the Lapland University.
Lapland is Finland`s key Arctic region and a major share of the country`s Arctic research.
Lapland has a well-developed infrastructure will an extensive road grid, airports, as well as sea ports and a railway connection. The region has two border crossing points to Russia, the Raja-Jooesepii and Salla.
There is a significant Sami minority in the region and indigenous rights issues are addressed by the Sami Parliament in Inari.
Inari is also the municipality which borders on both Russia and Norway. The municipality includes the great Lake Inari, one of Europe`s biggest inland waters.
The region in the mid-war period of 1919-1944 included also Pechenga, the area which today is part of Murmansk Oblast.