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OECD Mining Regions and Cities Case Study

Outokumpu and North Karelia, Finland

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This report identifies 12 recommendations that can assist the municipality of Outokumpu and the region of North Karelia in Finland to become key players in the national mining strategy and attain sustainable economic growth by: focusing on mobilising the potential of the local mining value chain, diversifying and developing new sources of economic growth, and improving governance co-ordination. It is part of a project that is building a platform for knowledge sharing and co-operation on increasing productivity and enhancing the well-being of cities and regions with a specialisation in the mining and extractive sector (metals, minerals, and energy resources).

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Executive summary

Mining policy in Finland is space-blind, requiring better integration with regional characteristics and local development strategies. The European Union (EU) has a strategic priority to improve the future reliability of supply for raw materials. As one of the richest countries in mineral deposits in Europe, Finland can play an instrumental role in the raw materials agenda of the EU. The country stands out because of its attractive regulatory environment and mining production. Subnational governments are key to attaining the national mineral strategy and sustainable development of the mining sector, given their capacity to strengthen the social licence to operate (SLO), land use governance and the development of local value chains, among other factors.

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