The Kvarken Council is a cross-border cooperation association for the three Regional Councils of Ostrobothnia and the cities of Vaasa, Kokkola, Seinäjoki and Jakobstad in Finland, as well as the Regional Council of Västerbotten and the Municipality of Örnsköldsvik in Sweden. The Kvarken Council is one of twelve official cross-border operators co-funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers.
The Kvarken Council was founded in 1972, and has since been working on promoting cross border cooperation and integration.
The financing of the Kvarken Council
The Kvarken Council is financed partly by the Nordic Council of Ministers and partly by membership fees.
The membership fees are calculated on the basis of the number of inhabitants.
The membership fees are used to fund the basic functions and administration of the Kvarken Council.
The financing from the Nordic Council of Ministers is used to fund the managing of cross-border cooperation projects.
In Sweden: Örnsköldsvik Municipality, Region Västerbotten
In Finland: Vaasa, Seinäjoki, Kokkola, Pietarsaari, Regional Council of Ostrobothnia, Regional Council of South Ostrobothnia, Regional Council of Central Ostrobothnia
Joakim Strand, City of Vaasa, Chairman of the Board
Lennart Holmlund, Västerbotten County Council, Deputy Chairman of the Board