Northern Ostrobothnia


Northern Ostrobothnia, situated in the northern reaches of Finland, stands as a testament to the vastness and remoteness of the region.

With a land area spanning 36,800 square kilometers, Northern Ostrobothnia is home to a population of 415,603 inhabitants as of 2021. This translates to a population density of just 11.3 people per square kilometer, highlighting the vast expanses of untouched wilderness that characterize the region.

Northern Ostrobothnia stands out as one of the few regions in Finland experiencing consistent annual population growth. This growth is fueled by factors such as a vibrant economy, ample opportunities for outdoor recreation, and a high quality of life.

Overcoming Obstacles:
Key Challenges in Transitioning to the SMART ERA

  • Population growth is limited, with only seven out of twenty-nine municipalities experiencing growth.
  • The are faces demographic shifts, including declining birth rates and migration that pose challenges.


  • Challenges include the well-being of entrepreneurs and youth migration to urban areas.
  • Despite boasting a youthful demographic profile and a history of sustained population growth, it remains one of the most sparsely populated areas in the European Union.


Northern rural platform economy, digital platform services, small companies (especially well-being services, maintenance services and mobility), tourism, seasonal living.

Who will be a part of the change?

Northern rural platform economy, service and technology microenterprises and SMEs, multilocal workers, local community, PA, business support service providers | 10-15% of the total resident population.


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