Collaboration in the north

North Sweden work closely with other regions, networks and organisations on the EU-arena to maximize our influence and benefit for regions of north Sweden.

Northern Sparsely Populated Areas

The NSPA network represents close collaboration between the four northernmost counties of Sweden (Norrbotten, Västerbotten, Jämtland Härjedalen, Västernorrland), the seven northernmost and eastern regions of Finland (Lapland, Northern Ostrobothnia, Central Ostrobothnia, Kainuu, North Karelia, Pohjois-Savo and South Savo) and North Norway (Finnmark Troms and Nordland). These 13 regions from three countries share common circumstances and objectives and are working together to raise awareness of the NSPA in the EU institutions, to influence EU policy and to provide a platform for best practise.

This part of Europe is also specifically affected by globalisation, energy-supply, climate change and demographic change. The region has a population density of only 4.9 inhabitants per square kilometer, something that cannot be found in any other part of the European Union.

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Europaforum Northern Sweden EFNS

The four northernmost counties in Sweden and working together to influence EU-policy. The work is led by twelve rapporteurs, three from each county. To support their work, the rapporteurs have a group of officials with representatives from each county, local authorities, regional representations as well as from the North Sweden European Office. 

Europaforum Northern Sweden is not a representative body but is based on interest and commitment from reporters and politicians. Once or twice a year, the forums that make up the core of the work of the Europaforum are organized. The aim is to gather actors engaged in regional development to discuss and develop common positions.

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European regions research and innovation network ERRIN

Started in 2001 as an informal network, ERRIN is now a Brussels-based platform of more than 130 regional stakeholder organisations from 24 European countries. North Sweden is a member of ERRIN and represents the regions of North Sweden in the meeting constellations. The Members are mainly regional authorities, universities, research organisations, chambers of commerce and clusters. They drive the agenda and the priorities of the whole network by taking an active role within the working groups or in the Management Board. 

ERRIN facilitates regional collaboration and knowledge exchange to the benefit of all its members and partner organisations, with a view to build a competitive Europe which supports smart, sustainable, and inclusive growth in all regions. The mission is to strengthen the regional and local dimension in the EU Research and Innovation policy.

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