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).




The mining sector is relevant for economic development and for well-functioning societies. Raw materials are essential for the production of good and services, for the development of new technologies and the global transition towards a low carbon economy. Ensuring access to a stable supply of raw materials is a priority for many countries and regions. As one of the richest countries in mineral deposits in Europe, Finland can play a key role in the raw materials agenda of the European Union. However, mining policy in Finland is spatially blind, and better integration with regional characteristics and local development strategies are needed.


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