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Co-Operation with Russia

Kostamustien opasteita

A Regional Strategy Guiding Cooperation

The Kainuu region’s cooperation with Russia is coordinated by the document ”Russia Strategy of Kainuu for 2020”, which was accepted by the regional board in January 2014. The strategy aims to implement the objectives of the regional program by activating and diversifying the development in the region. Implementation of the Russia strategy will create new markets, businesses and jobs and strengthen the competitiveness of the region.

There is also an operational programme related to the strategy.

The process of renewing the current strategy is on-going.

The person responsible for Cooperation with Russia within the Regional Council of Kainuu is Ms Katja Sukuvaara.

Cooperation with Kostomuksha 

The history of cooperation between Kainuu and Russia is long. The most important time for development of the connections was the building of Kostomuksha during years 1974 – 1983. After that, the close cooperation has continued in different forms.

There is a cooperation memorandum in force between the Regional Council of Kainuu and the City of Kostomuksha and the cooperation is regular and easy between the two old partners. One example of good cooperation is the annual Kostomuksha Business Forum arranged in cooperation. 

Barents Link Centre

The Barents Link Center in Kostomuksha was built during a project funded by the Euregio Karelia Neighbourhood Programme and is owned by the city of Kostomuksha. Street address to the centre is: Parkovaja 50, 186930 Kostomuksha (see map).  The original map may be found at the web site of Kostomuksha City.

The Barents Link Center consists of office spaces and spaces suitable for meetings. Some of the premises are offered to the use of organisations from the Kainuu region on advantageous terms. The personnel of the business center is available to assist in arrangements (for example the technique and the coffee service) for an extra fee.
Phone: +79114329439, +79216242773 or +7 (81459) 52358
Contact person: Makarova Uljana Igorevna

Inquiries and reservations via e-mail: mus.kost(at) either in Russian, English or Finnish.

Cross-border Projects 

The region of Kainuu, together with the Finnish regions of Northern Ostrobothnia and Northern Karelia, has participated cross-border cooperation with the Republic of Karelia since year 1996 via a series of EU programmes. A large amount of cooperation projects have been carried out via the programmes.

At the moment, Karelia CBC Programme is implemented in the area. 

Euregio Karelia

On February 24th 2000, a cooperation area and a political forum of Euregio Karelia formed by the regions of Kainuu, North Karelia and Northern Ostrobothnia in Finland and the Republic of Karelia in Russia was founded. The basis of the foundation was common aim of the partner areas to improve living conditions of inhabitants through cross-border cooperation. The objective of Euregio Karelia is to operate as a cooperation forum of the participants, deepen member areas programme and project based cross-border cooperation, as well as to bring strategic and political guidance into the cooperation. Regional lobbying is also an important task of the Euregio Karelia.