E12 Atlantica Transport

E12 Atlantica Transport

The project is based on cross-border cooperation between partners in Finland, Sweden and Norway along the E12.
The project produces strategies and guidelines for cross-border transport planning and a sustainable development of the route and conducts pilot activities in cooperation with companies to highlight deficiencies and opportunities in the transport system.

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Work Packages

1. A Functional Transport Route
Identify possibilities to further optimize and develop east-west transport solutions
2. Cross-Border Strategies
Further develop structures for crossborder planning and traffic strategies
3. Future Cooperation Structures
Identify, analyze and present cooperation structures designed to
strengthen the conditions for joint cross-border visions. Increase
collaboration in the region, as well as with adjoining transport corridors



To reduce border barriers and continue the development of the E12 that runs from Finland through Sweden and further on to Norway and the Atlantic coast.

To create favorable conditions for strengthening the corridor’s attractiveness and development possibilities. A more developed cooperation with trade and industry is formalized, which creates better understanding of the trade and industry’s transport demands.

To strengthen cooperation between Kvarken Council, MidtSkandia and Blå Vägen, as well as their partners.

Timetable and budget

January 2016 – May 2018
Budget Finland / Sweden: 2 197 500 EUR
EU-support: 1 318 500 EUR (60 % of budget Finland / Sweden)
Budget Norway: 381 691 EUR
IR-support: 190 846 EUR

Total project budget: 2 579 191 EUR

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Kvarken Council (leadpart, FI), MidtSkandia (NO), Blå Vägen (SE) Region Västerbotten (SE), Regional Council of Ostrobothnia (FI), Nordland fylkeskommune (NO) Vaasa Regional Development Company VASEK (FI), Umeå Municipality (SE), Vännäs Municipality (SE), Vindeln Municipality (SE), Lycksele Municipality (SE), Storuman Municipality (SE), Infrastruktur i Umeå AB INAB (SE), Rana Utviklingsselskap AS (NO), Rana Municipality (NO), Polarsirkelen Lufthavnutvikling (NO), Port of Mo i Rana (NO), Mo Industripark AS (NO), Alastahaug havnevesen KF (NO), Helgeland Havn IKS (NO)




  • 29.11.2018
    Mr. Arne Langset, secretary-general of Indre Helgeland county in Norway, visited the Kvarken Council’s office in Bock’s Corner Brewery last week to discuss the new cooperation structure and the future.
  • 23.11.2018
    On 21 May, 2018, the Kvarken Council’s AGM took the historical decision to transform the Council from being a registered association into an EGTC, European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation. The Kvarken Council’s Board serves as the working committee for the EGTC process and the Council’s office has, as commissioned by the Board, started work to transform the legal form of the Council from a registered association into an EGTC. Here is a brief overview of the process.
  • 16.11.2018
    Interested in space economy and satellites? Join KvarkenSat brainstorming workshop on 5.12 at Bock’s in Vaasa!
  • 19.09.2018
    The 70th anniversary of the Kvarken traffic and the fifth anniversary of the NLC Ferry shipping company, also known as Wasaline, was celebrated with a seminar onboard M/S Wasa Express on 13 September 2018. The seminar theme was the past, present and future prospects of the Kvarken ferry connection.
  • 19.09.2018
    Six project platforms were selected by the Monitoring Committee of Interreg Baltic Sea Region at its 9th meeting 7th of June 2018 in Tallinn.
  • 12.07.2018
    Kvarken Link AB is exploring the conditions fora new ferry for the Kvarken traffic between Vaasa and Umeå. After a comprehensive analysis ofthe received reports Kvarken Link AB has invited four shipyards to the final round to hand in their binding offers for a new ferry. Three of the shipyards are from Europe and one is from Asia.
  • 05.07.2018
    Dagens planeringssystem för infrastruktur brister när det gäller ett gränsöverskridande perspektiv, vilket riskerar hämma utvecklingen av öst-västliga transporter i Norden. Projektet E12 Atlantica Transport har därför sammanställt problembilden och utarbetat förslag till åtgärder. Projektet har bl.a. samlat trafikmyndigheterna från Sverige, Norge och Finland till ett unikt möte.
  • 05.07.2018
    Otillräcklig gränsöverskridande infrastrukturplanering har konsekvenser. Kvarkenrådets direktör Mathias Lindström berättar om det man i Kvarkenregionen fått erfara och Andreas Forsgren om det som åstadkommits i projektet E12 Atlantica Transport för att underlätta gränsöverskridande arbete. (Almedalen 5.7.2018)
  • 25.06.2018
    Jubileumsseminarium: Kvarkentrafiken 70 och NLC Ferry 5 år Kvarkenförbindelsens historia, nutid och framtidsutsikter
  • 25.06.2018
    Välkommen till seminarier där vi diskuterar viktiga infrastrukturfrågor med politiker och tjänstemän från hela Norden.
  • 18.06.2018
    Olav Jern has a long experience of Nordic co-operation and of work with Kvarken issues. In the autumn, he has together with the Kvarken Council’s personnel draft a new three-year strategy for the Kvarken Council. In his welcoming address, Mr Olav Jern touched upon some central guidelines in the strategy plan.
  • 15.06.2018
    The three-year project NSB CoRe, North Sea Baltic Connector of Regions, has been operating since the spring 2016, with the aim of improving traffic and land use within the North Sea Baltic corridor, included in the transeuropean TEN-T transport network, in a way which will bring forth the best possible benefits in traffic investments. The ambition is to transform the chain of individual cities along the transport corridor into one functional entity. Kvarken Council is one of the project partners.
  • 23.05.2018
    Press release Kvarken Council 2018/05/23
  • 18.05.2018
    After the proposals of the European Commission for the new Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), the European Straits Initiative expresses its strong concerns regarding the future of cross-border cooperation on maritime borders. Therefore, European Straits Initiative crave the European Commission to take into account a couple of recommendations in the future regulations. Read more:
  • 02.04.2018
    21 maj 2018 i Umeå Välkommen och diskutera det nordiska samarbetets framtid och möjligheter
  • 28.03.2018
    The E12 Atlantica Transport’s final conference in Vaasa, Finland, ended with a round table discussion. How shall we utilize the project outcome and what challenges are we now facing? What will be the next step – and perhaps the most important question of all – who will do what?
  • 28.03.2018
    Good and functioning freight and passanger transports are important prerequisites for continued positive development and prosperity in the Nordic countries. In the E12 final conference the participants learned about both the perspectives – and also about the view of the tourism industry on regional infrastructure
  • 28.03.2018
    Nordic Council, the official body for inter-parliamentary cooperation, attended the final conference of E12 Atlantica Transport project, represented by the Council’s senior advisor Mr Johan Lindblad. He summed up the project from the Nordic perspective as being ”superb, concrete and useful”
  • 28.03.2018
    The three-year project NSB CoRe, North Sea Baltic Connector of Regions, has been operating since the spring 2016, with the aim of improving traffic and land use within the North Sea Baltic corridor as part of the transeuropean TEN-T transport network. As NSB CoRe aims to improve the accessibility of the Eastern Baltic Sea Region to freight and passenger traffic, it is also linked with the E12 Atlantica Transport project
  • 28.03.2018
    Over the years, the Kvarken Council has directed determined and consistent efforts to secure the ferry route across the Kvarken Strait, vital for cross-border cooperation.
  • 28.03.2018
    The final conference of E12 Atlantica Transport project, held in Vaasa, Finland on 14th–15th March, 2018, started with the overall presentation of the project findings and of the border barriers detected. The presentation was given by Mr Jerker Sjögren from Jesjo Konsult and Mr Lars Westin, professor at CERUM at the University of Umeå in Sweden
  • 16.03.2018
    Dagens planeringssystem för infrastruktur brister när det gäller ett gränsöverskridande perspektiv, vilket riskerar hämma utvecklingen av öst-västliga transporter i Norden. Projektet E12 Atlantica Transport har därför sammanställt problembilden och utarbetat förslag till åtgärder. Projektet är inne på slutrakan och den 8 mars samlade man trafikmyndigheterna från Sverige, Norge och Finland till ett unikt möte på Arlanda
  • 15.03.2018
    E12 Atlantica Transport’s Outcome: Unique, Joint Traffic Strategy A joint vision – and a description how to reach it together
  • 16.02.2018
    Gränshinderrådet har skapat en länkportal som ska hjälpa näringslivet att navigera - ett viktigt resultat av det nordiska gränshinderarbetet 2017
  • 15.02.2018
    The project management company Kvarken Link Ab Oy, jointly owned by the Municipality of Umeå in Sweden and the City of Vaasa in Finland, has on 18th of January, 2018 sent a so-called RFI/Request for Information to 17 shipyards around the world.
  • 20.12.2017
    The Kvarken Region – A Model for Crossborder Cooperation All Over the World
  • 20.12.2017
    Vi har lagt bak oss et spennende og lærerikt år i E 12 Atlantica Transport
  • 27.11.2017
    Cabbage grown in Ostrobothnia in Finland has found its way across the Kvarken Strait to Westrobothnia in Sweden. The farmer Tony Granholm from Petsmo, Finland and the refiner Grönsaksfabriken AB, with Magnus Conradzon at the helm, are both very pleased with this cooperation. The transport distance is a short one, and the customers in Umeå, Sweden, can now enjoy if not absolutely local, then at least locally produced and good cabbage all the year round.
  • 08.11.2017
    In the newsletter you can, among other things, read about the strategy work, the projects and find the links to the beautiful films made to promote our common cross-border region.
  • 08.11.2017
    One of our key phrases for October was “short stop tactics”.
  • 07.11.2017
    Kvarken Council’s present strategy for 2014–2016, with aim at 2020, will expire at the year-end and work with drafting a new strategy is under way, with Mr Olav Jern at the helm. Olav has, for most of his career, worked with Nordic co-operation, characterized by good and frequent contacts with the Kvarken Council and its members and, consequently, he was just the right man for the job.
  • 07.11.2017
    Den 28 november 2017 kl 18.30 – 20.30, Bock’s Corner Brewery, Vasa
  • 03.11.2017
    E12 Atlantica Transport project aims at developing cooperation between the actors along the E12 corridor which runs from Finland through Sweden to the Atlantic coast in Norway. Currently, a cross-border traffic stragegy is being drafted. In order to document the process, Edith Andresen, researcher and doctor in business economics, has been engaged to evaluate the process on an ongoing basis.
  • 01.11.2017
    E12 Atlantica Transport
  • 31.10.2017
    Projekt Spotlight High-Low Coast låter producera filmer i syfte att marknadsföra Kvarkens Skärgård, Höga Kusten samt Umeåregionen tillsammans
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