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We wish you a Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year 2021!
We wish you a Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year 2021!

Projektledare Marianne Sjöströms hälsning

Projekt Destination Kvarken har ansökt om förlängning med fem månader till slutet av 2021 samtidigt som vi snart går in för det sista verksamhetsåret.

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Kvarken Council Launches New Website and Graphic Profile Today

A new organization. A new website. A new look. Almost the same as before, but much more simple and stylish!

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Öst-Västliga Stråket’s Goal in Sight

A better life up here in the north – improved competitiveness, a better living environment for more people, and increased social, cultural, and economic integration – is the long-term goal for the project Öst-västliga stråket (East-West Route).

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The present and future prospects

Finland and Sweden have now officially established the first Nordic European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation, the Kvarken Council EGTC.

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Mathias Lindström Viexpos Exportambassadör 2020

Andelslaget Viexpo utnämner varje år både ett företag och en person till Viexpos Exportambassadörer. Exportambassadörerna tackas för värdefullt arbete för exporten och exportföretagen i de tre österbottniska landskapen.

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Kvarken Destinations – Stor potential och många trumfkort

Budskapet från internationella researrangörer är att man ute i Europa gärna betraktar vårt gemensamma område – Kvarken - som en helhet. Destinationens hänförande kontraster är viktiga utgångspunkter i projektet Kvarken Destinations som startats i syfte att öka antalet besökare i Kvarkenregionen.

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Technical development of electric aircraft

One of the goals of the FAIR project is to create synergy, increase knowledge of the potentials of electric-powered flights and accelerate the implementation of regional electric flights especially in the Kvarken region.

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Finnish and Swedish Governments Approve the 
Establishment of the Kvarken Council EGTC

Finland and Sweden have officially approved the establishment of the Kvarken Council EGTC, a European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation. The Council’s objective is to develop cross-border cooperation and improve competitiveness in the Kvarken region, i.e. in the northern part of the Baltic Sea.

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We are participating in the virtual Smart City & Buildings 2020 event 24/11

The virtual Smart City & Buildings 2020 event November 24th 9-15 (EET) is filled with important topics: https://www.smartcitynordic.com/agenda2020

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We are participating in the virtual Smart City & Buildings 2020 event 24/11

The virtual Smart City & Buildings 2020 event November 24th 9-15 (EET) is filled with important topics

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Status of Electric Aviation in Finland and Sweden and the Development Opportunities

The goal of the FAIR project is to create synergy, increase knowledge of the potentials of electric-powered flights and accelerate the implementation of regional electric flights especially in the Kvarken region. The project consists of three work packages (WP 1-3) of which RISE is responsible for WP 3 focusing on the Cross-border innovation process and the project´s competence network.

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Berättarwebinarium 19.11.2020

Berättarwebinarium 19.11.2020 klockan 18.00-19.30 västerbottnisk tid/ 19.00-20.30 i Österbotten.

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Optimization of Border Region Cooperation

Kvarken Council is one of the project partners in the BSR Access project (BSR Access – Access to Clean, Efficient and Multimodal Transport Corridors in the Baltic Sea Region) that supports sustainable growth in the Baltic Sea region. On 21st October 2020, the Kvarken Council gathered circa 40 stakeholder members to a webinar that addressed the various forms of cooperation along transport corridors.

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StoryTagging Reveals the Power of Local Cultural Heritage

The concept of storytelling is extremely timely. More and more companies are recognizing the power of creating a soul for their product by telling its story, preferably one that is anchored in the local cultural heritage or landscape. The StoryTagging project is based on this phenomenon. The project gathers stories of life in the north, and the brand name Northword has been adopted for this purpose.

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Fixed Link Over the Kvarken Creates Positive Ripples in the Water

A new investigation into a fixed link over the Kvarken was published in early summer, attracting a great deal of attention. Men behind the investigation – Mr Antti Talvitie and Mr Esa Eranti – attended the Wasa Future Festival in order to present their conclusions and were received with praise and enthusiasm.

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Enormous Potentials of Electric Aviation – both in the Kvarken Region and in the Nordic Countries

The project’s goal is to create synergy, increase knowledge of the potentials of electric-powered flights, and accelerate the implementation of regional electric flights.

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New Structure for the Kvarken Council – and Greater Influence

A historical decision was made in the spring of 2018 to transform the Kvarken Council from a registered association into the Kvarken Council EGTC. EGTC stands for European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation, which is the European Union’s own legal instrument specifically designed for cross-border cooperation.

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Greetings from Ms Lilly Bäcklund, Board Member

Thank you for the opportunity to write a personal greeting to all friends of the Kvarken Council. I’ve been involved in the Kvarken region’s cooperation in several positions of trust and to varying degrees since the early 1990’s.

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Invitation: Future solutions 12/9 – Live & Online

Welcome to the event in the Wasa Future Festival hosted by the Kvarken Council.

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Visionen om fast förbindelse över Kvarken lever

Kvarkenrådet har under många år jobbat operativt med att integrera Kvarkenregionen inom alla sektorer. För att det skall lyckas krävs fungerande förbindelser.

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Kvarkenregionen – en vinnare bland resmålen efter coronakrisen?

Efter coronakrisen kommer troligtvis besökaren att favorisera destinationer med ren natur, naturaktiviteter, närhet till havet, upplevelser, utrymme och avskildhet.

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Resedrömmar ska ge projektets företag synlighet

Besöksnäringens utmaningar i och med Covid-19 har lett till att man även i projektet Destination Kvarken börjat se sig om efter tillfälliga alternativa lösningar.

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Effekter av krisen Covid-19 i turistföretag i Kvarkenregionen

Hanken Svenska handelshögskolan genomförde undersökningen ”Tillsammans klarar vi av Coronakrisen” bland finska företag i Destination Kvarken-projektet.

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FAIR – Kvarken region’s new flagship project secured EU funding

Actors in the Kvarken region have been granted funding for a major development project regarding electric aviation – FAIR, Finding Innovations to Accelerate Implementation of Electric Regional Aviation. The funding was granted via the Interreg Botnia-Atlantica programme.

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Building sustainable industries for future generations

Living in these exceptional times is creating new needs, demands and even possibilities to become better acquainted with our region by using digital solutions and prepare together for the future ahead.

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FAIR – Kvarken Region’s New Flagship Project

The Kvarken Council carried out an Electric-Powered Flights Feasibility Study in autumn 2019 with the purpose of developing a project idea regarding the regional developmental impact of electric-powered air traffic.

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A Whole New Mode of Transport with Great Significance for the Region – and the Nordic Countries

Fiskerud will have an important role in the planned electric flight project FAIR, which the Kvarken Council and RISE, along with other actors, have applied funding for.

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Electric-Powered Flights Already a Realistic Solution in Domestic Flying

The project’s goal is to create synergy between other electric flight projects with the purpose of together increasing knowledge of the potentials of electric flights and also of accelerating the implementation of regional electric flights and initiating cross-border innovation processes in relation to these.

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Director’s Greeting

The Present and Future Prospects Changing Times – Director’s Greeting

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Överväldigande internationellt mediaintresse för Kvarken

I mars deltog projektet Kvarken Destinations i två media evenemang i den tyska huvudstaden Berlin; International Media Marketplace (IMM) 2020 som samlade 140 tyska resejournalister och Skandinavian Match, som hade fokus på influensers. Närmare 30 medier i form av magasin, dagstidningar, radio och influensers visade stort intresse för Kvarken Destinations.

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Kvarken Destinations vann Scandinavian Outdoor Award -pris

Botnia-Atlantica projektet Kvarken Destinations vinner SCANDINAVIAN OUTDOOR AWARD (SOA) -priset inom kategorin Best Inspiration. Utmärkelsen SOA TRAVEL delas årligen ut till resedestinationer eller turismföretag på basen av förra årets insatser.

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Press Release on Future INTERREG Programmes in the Nordic Countries

The cross-border cooperation body Kvarken Council held its Board meeting in Vaasa, Finland, on 17 February 2020. The Kvarken Council is an official cross-border operator funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers and it consists of Region Västerbotten and Örnsköldsvik Municipality in Sweden as well as three Regional Councils of Ostrobothnia and the cities of Vaasa, Seinäjoki, Kokkola and Jakobstad in Finland.

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Kvarken Destinations nominerat för Scandinavian Outdoor Award 2020 i kategorin ”Best Inspiration”

Projektets hemsida, kvarkendestinations.com som riktar sig till researrangörer och resemedia, med sitt innehåll i form av inspiration för att locka fler besökare till Kvarkenregionen är anledningen till nomineringen.

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Regionens aktörer förbereder sig för eldrivna flyg

Kvarkenrådet har tillsammans i ett brett partnerskap lämnat in en finansieringsansökan för att genomföra ett två-årigt projekt gällande eldrivna flyg.

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Uttalande om transport i Norden

Uttalelse om transport i Norden De nordiske grensekomiteer som er samlet på Nordens Hus i København 28.-29. januar 2020 slutter seg til Nordisk Råds anbefaling om et ministerråd for nordisk transportsamarbeid. De 12 grensekomiteene arbeider med å styrke transport over de nordiske grensene og forbedring av nødvendig infrastruktur som muliggjør større økonomisk tilvekst og klimavennlige […]

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Kvarken Destinations får beröm och erkännande av internationella researrangörer

Två länder och sju destinationer med sina exportmogna företag presenteras tillsammans under namnet Kvarken Destinations och når framgång bland internationella researrangörer.

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Director’s Greeting

Inspired by the visit from the Finnish Parliament’s Committee for the Future in late November, I can state that we are on the right track. The work that is done in the Kvarken region creates rewarding and interesting discussions, and it is inspiring to be able to contribute to and participate in these.

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Nya förutsättningar för besöksnäringen genom samarbetet över Kvarken

Projektet Destination Kvarken som sammanför ett 40-tal exportmogna små och medelstora turismföretag och sju destinationsbolag i Kvarkenregionen har redan lett till konkreta resultat.

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