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Eastern Lapland region is located in the eastern part of Lapland (Finland). Covering approximately 20% of Lapland’s surface, Eastern Lapland shares boarder with the Russian Federation in the east and North Ostrobothnia province in the south. With 15 000 inhabitants, the population corresponds to 9% of the inhabitans of Lapland. Thus, Eastern Lapland is among the most sparsely populated regions in Europe with long distances between administrative centers.

The towncenter of the region is Kemijärvi, which is also the north-eastern terminus of rail network in Finland. Every morning, a night train from Helsinki arrives at Kemijärvi railway station. Fast connections to Europe are supported by two international airports nearby: Rovaniemi and Kuusamo.

In addition to agriculture and forestry, main industries in Eastern Lapland are tourism, reindeer herding and natural product sector. Also critical, unexploited minerals and other natural resources can be found in the region.

Eastern Lapland is known for its clean air and vast wilderness. There are five National Parks in the region: Pyhä-Luosto, Urho Kekkonen National Park and Salla, Oulanka and Riisitunturi National Parks. The winter tourism resorts of Pyhä, Suomu and Salla are attractive tourist destinations among domestic and foreign tourists. Summer in Eastern Lapland offers its visitors plenty of nature experiences, such as camping, fishing and berry picking. Nightless nights set an exotic setting for numerous cultural events across the region.


The Local Federation of East Lapland is an area development organisation founded in 1994. The organisation is owned by the city of Kemijärvi and the municipalities of Pelkosenniemi, Posio, Salla and Savukoski. 

Main task of the Local Federation of East Lapland is regional development in cooperation with the member municipalities. We cooperate with varoius stakeholders on regional and interregional level through different networks and workgroups. Operations include advocacy, enhancing cooperation with and within the municipalities and neighbouring areas. After Finland joined NATO, themes related to security, economy and communication have become central issues of interest monitoring.

Our main partners are regional municipalities in Lapland, the Regional Council of Lapland, Metsähallitus (the Finnish forestry service) and the province’s educational organizations. Nationally, we influence through Lapland’s members of parliament and chairpersons of parliamentary groups and various ministries.

The Local Federation of East Lapland is responsible for national and international projects and development activities in accordance with the policies of the member municipalities.  As regional developer, we are dedicated to the provincial strategy work and involved with working groups that guide the future of Lapland.

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Sustainable Arctic and Peripherial Biking Tourism (SUB) 2023-2026

Sustainable Arctic and Peripherial Biking Tourism (SUB) 2023-2026

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