Northern Ostrobothnia
Oulu is a major growth zone in Finland and a key spot in research and technology development

The region of Northern Ostrobotnia covers a territory of 37,149 square kilometers. The region in the west faces the Botnia Bay and in the east has a border to Russia. Northern Ostrobotnia is administered from Oulu, a major growth zone in Finland and a key spot in research and technology development. The University of Oulu is one of the biggest and best universities in the country.

Northern Ostrobotnia has a well-developed infrastructure which includes roads and railways, sea ports and airports. The region has a positive demographic development and a population which ranks on top in the Nordic part of the Barents Region.


Regional stories

Northern Finland in the wind, boosts power generation
The two regions of Lapland and Northern Ostrobotnia has the quickest growing wind power industry in the whole northern Scandinavia.
By Atle Staalesen, The Independent Barents Observer

Figures assembled by Patchwork Barents 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.

Hi-tech regions are Arctic population winners
By Atle Staalesen, The Independent Barents Observer

Regions with powerful universities and research centers are the only population growth areas in the Barents Region, data from the last 20 years show. On top of the list are the regions of Oulu, Västerbotten and Tromsø.

It is only the regions with powerful academic environments and technology-driven economies, which manage to boost their populations. Data assembled by BarentsObserver show that the Finnish region of Northern Ostrobotnia is the winner in regional demographic development with a population growth of 14,2 percent in the period 1990-2012. The region is followed by the Norwegian County of Troms, which in the same period grew by 8,2 percent and the Swedish region of Västerbotten (3,3%).

All the three regions have successful universities and quickly developing technology industries. The city of Oulu, the...