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New cross-border cooperation will boost the coastal route around the Bothnian Bay and over the Kvarken strait – Coastal experiences all year round, with sustainability in focus

New cross-border cooperation will boost the coastal route around the Bothnian Bay and over the Kvarken strait – Coastal experiences all year round, with sustainability in focus

The Bothnian Coastal Route project aims to increase awareness of the coastal route over the Kvarken strait and around the Bothnian Bay as an attractive travel route for both foreign visitors and the local population. Through the project, the partners aim to increase the reasons for visiting the destinations along the route to discover their rich product range and create better conditions for sustainable growth. The partnership received the news of granted funding for the new tourism project with great joy.

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First Interreg Aurora projects approved – Kvarken Council with its partners received funding for three new projects

First Interreg Aurora projects approved – Kvarken Council with its partners received funding for three new projects

The new Interreg Aurora Programme has approved the first projects in the funding period 2021–2027. The two Steering Committees, for sub-area Sápmi and sub-area Aurora have met on 22nd–23rd of November in Luleå to decide on new cross-border cooperation projects in the northernmost part of Europe and Sápmi. The Steering Committees approved 27 projects in the first call, more than 21 million euro was allocated.

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Report: Looks at successful experiences from the ferry sector as electric flights are gradually introduced in Norway

Report: Looks at successful experiences from the ferry sector as electric flights are gradually introduced in Norway

A new report from researchers at the School of Business at Nord University has investigated how the Norwegian ferry sector has been electrified and what the aviation sector can learn from the ferry sector.

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The FAIR project has mapped out what it takes to become an early implementor of electric aviation

The FAIR project has mapped out what it takes to become an early implementor of electric aviation

The electric aviation project FAIR is on the finish line – the final conference is ongoing and the final report, which describes how the region should proceed to enable electrified regional aviation, can now be read in its entirety.

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The ports and local supply chains need to be developed to meet future needs

The ports and local supply chains need to be developed to meet future needs

The ongoing development within the battery industry in northern Finland, Sweden and Norway has become a central part of regional development in recent years. Several new production facilities in various parts of the battery value chain are established, not the least in the cities of Vaasa, Kokkola, Skellefteå and Mo i Rana – the Nordic battery belt. The emerging battery industry brings demand for green energy and a skilled workforce, but it will also require cost-effective and sustainable transport.

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Annual meeting and new members!

Annual meeting and new members!

The number of members and the interest in membership has increased during the Kvarken Councils first operating year as an EGTC.

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Kvarkenfest publicerar fem nya artister – One Desire Philharmonic Rock Orchestra på Elisa Stadion i Vasa 18.6.2022

Kvarkenfest publicerar fem nya artister – One Desire Philharmonic Rock Orchestra på Elisa Stadion i Vasa 18.6.2022

Kvarkenfest 18.6.2022 har tidigare publicerat huvudartisterna Tove Styrke (swe), BESS (fi), Lisa Miskovsky (swe), Elonkerjuu (fi) och KAJ (fi). Nu kompletteras artistlistan med One Desire Philharmonic Rock Orchestra. Samtidigt publiceras att sammansättningen Kvarken Allstars kompletteras med Johan Becker, Malin Jonsson och Fredrik Furu. Även DJ FANNY annonseras som underhållare under Kvarkenfest på Elisa Stadion.

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Tove Styrke, BESS, Lisa Miskovsky, and Elonkerjuu will perform at Kvarkenfest

Tove Styrke, BESS, Lisa Miskovsky, and Elonkerjuu will perform at Kvarkenfest

The pop queen from Umeå Tove Styrke, the Melodifestivalen participant Lisa Miskovsky, the UMK participant BESS, and Elonkerjuu, the pride of the Finnish speaking Ostrobothnia, are few of the new artist reveals that will perform at Kvarkenfest on Saturday 18th of June 2022 at Elisa Stadion in Vaasa. The humour group KAJ, the first Swedish Idol winner Daniel Lindström, and the first Ostrobothnian the Voice of Finland winner Antti Railio, have been released earlier as artists that will perform at the festival.

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Kvarken Council Reinforced By New Recruits in Umeå and Vaasa

Kvarken Council Reinforced By New Recruits in Umeå and Vaasa

We welcome both Ida-Maria and Veronica into our working community and rejoice over new forms of cooperation with Föreningen Norden Västerbotten!

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Run to the Festival!

Run to the Festival!

Kvarken Council celebrates its 50th anniversary 2022, which is why the Kvarken Council EGTC plans to mark the event with a grand Kvarkenfest at Elisa Stadion in Vaasa.

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Kvarken Council to Participate in Wasa Future Festival 11–14 August!

Kvarken Council to Participate in Wasa Future Festival 11–14 August!

The Kvarken Council will answer for an event package on Saturday 14 August, 10.30–14.15, at Wasa Future Festival

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The future of electric aviation in the Kvarken region

The future of electric aviation in the Kvarken region

The report, Electric regional aviation – a fast and clean transport mode for the needs of Kvarken region, from WSP has been published

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Kvarken Council EGTC Elected New Chairmen

Kvarken Council EGTC Elected New Chairmen

The Kvarken Council EGTC's first annual general meeting was held at the end of May 2021. The annual general meeting discussed statutory matters and elected a Chairman and Deputy Chairmen. The presidium was expanded from the Kvarken Council's association times from two to four: one Chairman and three Deputy Chairmen.

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Funding for Two New, Important Projects for the Whole Kvarken Region

Funding for Two New, Important Projects for the Whole Kvarken Region

Spearheaded by the Kvarken Council, the Kvarken region has received funding for two important projects that are extremely topical due to recent news.

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Kvarken Council has become the first fully Nordic EGTC area

Kvarken Council has become the first fully Nordic EGTC area

The establishment of the Kvarken Council European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC) is now published in The Official Journal of the European Union. At the same time the process from a registered association to the Kvarken Council EGTC, a stable legal entity, is over the finish line!

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

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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New Structure for the Kvarken Council – and Greater Influence

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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Visionen om fast förbindelse över Kvarken lever

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

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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Press Release on Future INTERREG Programmes in the Nordic Countries

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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Intensiva diskussioner om modell för långsiktigt, gränsöverskridande samarbete i framtiden

Intensiva diskussioner om modell för långsiktigt, gränsöverskridande samarbete i framtiden

Den 25–26 oktober samlades ett sextiotal norska, svenska och finländska politiker, tjänstemän och näringslivsrepresentanter från kommuner längs E12-korridoren, för att delta i Nordligt Forums två dagars workshop i Vasa.

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Livlig diskussion om ny samverkansform redan första dagen

Livlig diskussion om ny samverkansform redan första dagen

Nordligt Forums första workshopdag är över. Diskussionen mellan finländska, svenska och norska politiker, tjänstemän och sakkunniga som verkar längs E12-stråket var livlig.

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World Heritage Tastes Good

World Heritage Tastes Good

In the autumn, food enthusiasts will have the chance to experience unique tastes from the World Heritage Site onboard the Wasaline ferry. Michael Björklund, an award-winning chef, has been chosen to create a four-course World Heritage Menu, served onboard the Wasaline ferry in the autumn.

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Flags Raised in Celebration of Cross-Border Collaboration

Flags Raised in Celebration of Cross-Border Collaboration

Today, the Kvarken Council proudly raised Finland and Sweden’s flags outside the Council’s office in Pukinkulma, Vaasa.

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Johanna Häggman

Johanna Häggman

Communications Manager johanna.haggman@kvarken.org +358 50 309 2960