The Regional Strategy for Southwest Finland: The successful and prosperous region is built through cooperation and partnership

The Regional Strategy sets the vision – In Southwest Finland the quality of life is at its best. The successful and prosperous region is built through cooperation and partnership – and the four following priorities for regional development:

  • Future is shaped by choices now – Responsibility
  • Together across the borders – Cooperation skills
  • Approachable gateway of the Baltic Sea – Accessibility
  • Innovative forerunner – Resource efficiency

In Southwest Finland the vision and priorities shall be implemented through partnership in which the aim for the region's future is shaped together. Partnership is a way of thinking in which the common goal is considered more important than single benefits. All areas have an identity of their own and a meaningful role in the whole, where developing the strengths and characteristics is seen more valuable than the mental and geographical borders. Genuine partnership requires commitment to a joint venture and common means to reach the goals.

Thus the Regional Strategy aims to involve all regional actors: people, companies, educational institutions and associations. It aims to create an innovative atmosphere that allows for joint testing and new types of activities and where it is allowed to also make mistakes. The regional focus is on activities improving involvement, openness, encounters, interaction and communities.

Regional Programme identifies focus areas and implementation for 2018-2021

The Regional Programme identifies the current themes and actions to be taken to reach the Regional Strategy's vision and priorities. Southwest Finland is a resilient region with a diverse industrial and trade profile, where education and know-how are held in key role. The region is currently undergoing a strong acceleration of technology industry (especially ship building and automotive) and positive economic development, which continue to rise the employment rate. At the same time the so-called positive structural change demands increase in higher education in technical fields, promotion of mobile labour force and ensuring sufficient housing options for the workers. In order to meet their full potential the positive growth objectives need a favourable structural environment.