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Hanhikivi Guide Information on the operational environment of the nuclear power plant project


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The aim of this publication is to provide Fennovoima, the Rosatom Group, their subcontractors, and other operators with the local information they need as they are preparing to operate in the Pyhäjoki Municipality and the surrounding area. The Bothnian Bay coast area from Kokkola to Oulu is considered the area of influence of the power plant construction.

Hanhikivi Guide Information on the operational environment of the nuclear power plant project Publisher Hanhikivi Connection Project Publication January 2017 3rd, revised edition

The publication is based on information as of October 2016. We take no responsibility for any errors or changes to the information provided. We advise you to check on the availability of services. Compilation of information Tilmar Oy Hanhikivi Connection Project

Sponsors Raahe District Development Centre Pyhäjoki Municipality City of Oulu, BusinessOulu Association of the Ylivieska Subregion Kokkolanseudun Kehitys Ltd City of Kalajoki Municipality of Kempele Municipality of Liminka North Ostrobothnia Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY Centre) European Social Fund

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Images Raahe District/Leena Harju, Pyhäjoki Municipality / Tiina Tiirola, Heini Kittilä, archives, City of Oulu, City of Kokkola, City of Ylivieska, Town of Oulainen, Petteri Löppönen, Auno Aunola, Johannes Sarpola, Pyhäjokiseutu/ Heli Nurkkala, YTEK Oy/Erkki Lämsä, Oulu Airport/Teemu Puolitaival, Port of Raahe, Port of Kokkola, Port of Oulu, Oulu International School, BusinessOulu, Kalajoki Matkailuyhdistys, Fennovoima, Shutterstock

Design and layout Siberia Print Waasa Graphics Oy Digital version www.rsyp.fi/major_projects


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CONTENTS 6 6 7 8 10 10 13 14 16 18 19 22 23 25 25 28 36 44 50 56

HANHIKIVI Getting ready together Fennovoima’s Hanhikivi 1 nuclear power plant Hanhikivenniemi

BASIC INFORMATION ON FINLAND Finland and the Finns Public services Working in Finland Companies in Finland

OPERATIONAL ENVIRONMENT Accessibility of the area Economic life Public services Municipal and industrial waste and water supply Housing, education and leisure

RAAHE–KALAJOKI ECONOMIC REGION OULU ECONOMIC REGION YLIVIESKA ECONOMIC REGION KOKKOLA–PIETARSAARI ECONOMIC REGION Contact information

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GETTING READY TOGETHER FOR PUBLIC SECTOR ACTORS Public sector operators in the area have been prepared for the nuclear power plant construction since 2012. The main objective has been maximising the positive regional impact of the Hanhikivi project as a whole, promoting the attractiveness of the area and enhancing its prerequisites to act as a site for the successful implementation of major projects. Among other things, information has been compiled on the area and available services in both digital and printed format in various languages in collaboration with the local operators. The aim has been to make things run as smoothly as possible for the foreign workforce as they move and settle in the area. When planning the processes related to arrival at the construction site, registration and establishing life in the area, close cooperation with different authorities, Fennovoima, the plant supplier and representatives of the main contractor have played an important role.

FOR COMPANIES Ever since 2010, regional business development projects have been used to acquire and disseminate knowledge of the opportunities provided by the major projects and the requirements set for the suppliers. Conversely, information on the expertise offered by local companies has been communicated to the implementers of major projects via the projects as well as the contacts created in them. As a practical measure, public information events have been organised for businesses where information has been provided on the scheduling of major projects and on the formation of supply chains. Moreover, various trainings on topics such as documentation, networking and auditing procedures for subcontractors have also been arranged. Central cooperation partners in the regional businees development projects are Fennovoima, FinNuclear Association, the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority, Finland (STUK), and the plant supplier and its cooperation partners.

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Raahe District Business Services www.rsyp.fi/frontpage Kalajoki Business Service Centre http://kalajoki.fi/en/jobs-and-enterprise/ business-services/ BusinessOulu www.businessoulu.com/en/ Association of the Ylivieska Subregion www.ysk.fi/en Oulainen business service centre www.oulainen.fi/economy_and_business Kokkolanseudun Kehitys Ltd www.kosek.fi Ylivieskan teknologiakylä YTEK Oy www.ytek.fi Enterprise services of Kempele municipality www.kempele.fi/investin Enterprise services of Liminka municipality www.emapitaja.fi


FENNOVOIMA’S HANHIKIVI 1 NUCLEAR POWER PLANT The design and construction of a nuclear power plant is a large project taking approximately ten years. To guarantee that the construction project runs as smoothly as possible, Fennovoima has invested in planning and maintaining an open dialogue with the citizens and different operators in the region since the beginning of the project. Fennovoima regularly conducts opinion polls in Pyhäjoki and the surrounding municipalities to see how the residents view the project. A clear majority of the residents of Pyhäjoki and the neighbouring areas are in favour of the Hanhikivi 1 project. Fennovoima signed a supply contract with RAOS Project Oy in 2013. The supply contract concerns a 1,200-megawatt AES-2006 type pressurised-water reactor. The construction of a nuclear power plant is a multi-phase process. In addition, each of these phases

Rosatom AES-2006 NPP/Hanhikivi site, Pyhäjoki, Finland

construction of the nuclear power plant will begin after the construction license has been granted. Fennovoima is expecting to get the licence in 2018. In 2024, the plant will begin producing emission-free electricity at a stable price to serve the needs of Finns. The planned operational lifetime of the plant is 60 years.

takes a long time. At each phase, Fennovoima conducts extensive studies and cooperates with the plant supplier, the main contractor as well as authorities and other specialists. In 2015–2017, massive infrastructure construction and excavation work will take place and support buildings will be built in Hanhikivenniemi. The

Project schedule A number of municipal, environmental and other permission applications

Application for construction licence 2015

2017

Construction licence for the power plant 2018

2022

Hanhikiventie from highway 8 is completed

2015–2017 Construction of infrastructure and support buildings E.g. education building, main gate building and supply office

Operating licence for the power plant

Test run of power plant begins

2018-2024 Construction of the nuclear power plant

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2024 Power plant is ready for commercial use After its completion, the power plant will directly employ 450–500 people. The power plant will produce electricity until at least 2084.


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HANHIKIVENNIEMI The Hanhikivi 1 nuclear power plant will be built in Hanhikivenniemi, which is located 12 km from the centre of Pyhäjoki. The four-kilometre Hanhikiventie road, which joins Hanhikivenniemi and highway 8, was completed in October 2015.

All individuals who work on construction sites must have an individual tax number before starting work. Act on Tax Numbers 1231/2011

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HANHIKIVI 1 CONSTRUCTION SITE The construction site of the Hanhikivi 1 nuclear power plant is located 12 kilometres from the centre of Pyhäjoki. In addition to the power plant, a supply office and other administrative buildings, a fire station, a building at the main gates as well as service and support structures for the duration of the construction will be located within the construction site. HANHIKIVI 1, SUPPORT FUNCTION AREA The Fennovoima education building and an accommodation village for 1,000 workers of the construction site commissioned by the main contractor are located in the support function area. At most, 4,000 employees will be working at the construction site at the same time. The support function area is located along the Hanhikiventie road. THE HANHIKIVI BUSINESS ZONE Fennovoima will lease plots at the business zone located alongside the Hanhikiventie road for companies whose operations serve the construction and use phases of the plant. The business zone has a total area of around 37 hectares. CONSTRUCTION SITE CONTRACT In 2014, Fennovoima, Rusatom Overseas and Finnish labour market organisations signed a construction site contract with the purpose of preventing grey economy and ensuring that Finnish legislation and cooperation practices will be complied with at the construction site. The construction site contract includes a construction site register. The construction site

register is used to monitor that the information on the companies and workers at the construction site is in proper order. The register includes information on the companies and workers on the construction site, agreements between the companies as well as the necessary tools for administering this information. Entry to the construction site requires the completion of entrance training provided by Fennovoima and obtaining a personal access badge to the construction site. The badge must be worn at all

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times when spending time at the construction site. Among others, the shared shop steward of the construction site and the general occupational safety representative ensure compliance with the construction site contract.

More information on the power plant www.fennovoima.fi/en


BASIC INFORMATION ON FINLAND

BASIC INFORMATION ON FINLAND FINLAND AND THE FINNS Finland is a democratic republic. Chosen in elections by universal and equal suffrage, parliament exercises legislative authority. The government holds the executive power and independent courts hold the judicial power. Equality before the law, regardless of gender, ethnicity and religion, is important to the Finnish people. Finland offers free education of high quality. Due to a high educational level and municipal child care, women have a strong position in working life. Most working-age women are employed outside the home. LEISURE Free library services are available to all Finns. The public broadcasting and radio company receives tax funding. Most citizens also have data communications at home. There are plenty of activities available; municipalities provide a range of public sport and exercise facilities for residents. Cultural services are provided by art institutions and hobby groups.

Everyone has the freedom of association in Finland and different associations are very popular. There are tens of thousands of sports clubs, choirs, art groups, voluntary education organisations, and hobby groups. Finnish people also have freedom of religion, according to which everyone has the right to belong to a religious community or not to follow any. Around 73% percent of Finns are members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland. Approximately 1 per cent belong to the Orthodox Church of Finland. INDUSTRY The most important industries in Finland are the metal and mechanical engineering industry, the wood and paper industry and the electronics and electrical appliance industry. The share of services is growing rapidly.

Over 65 years

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16%

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63% Age structure of the Finnish population in 2015 Statistics Finland 2016

Higher education

Basic level

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29%

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41% Standard of education of Finns aged 15 or over in 2015 Statistics Finland 2016

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Water and waste management, and other environmental maintenance

Mining and quarrying

4%

1%

Electricity, gas, and other production

Food industry

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Textile industry

Other manufacturing, repair, maintenance and installation of machines and equipment

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FINLAND Helsinki

Chemical industry

Oslo

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Saint Petersburg

Moscow

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Statistics Finland 2016, accounts statistics (TOL 2008) Other service activities

Agriculture, forestry and fishing; mining

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4%

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Industry; electricity, steam, water and waste management

17%

14% Construction

Education

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Wholesaleand retail trade

Public administration and defence

12%

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Transport and storage

Business services

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(24% Estonian, 14% Russian, 2% Swedish)

Tallinn

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Metal and mineral industry

Electronics and electrical appliance industry

Financial and insurance activities

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FINLAND Independent since 1917 Member of the European Union since 1995 Population 5.5 million 240,000 inhabitants with immigrant background

6%

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Distribution of jobs between different sectors in Finland in 2015 Statistics Finland 2016, labour force survey (TOL 2008)

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Area 390,903 km2 Government constitutional republic Capital Helsinki Official languages Finnish, Swedish Currency 1 euro = 100 cents Time zone UTC+2 Neighbouring countries Russia, Norway, Sweden, Estonia Literacy 100%


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PUBLIC SERVICES The purpose of the reform of regional government, currently ongoing in Finland, is to harmonise the state regional administration with county government administration and to simplify the organisation of public-sector regional administration (at state, regional and municipal levels). According to the Government Programme, the primary solution will be the centralisation of functions into clear, autonomous regions – counties – in terms of tasks and authority. In negotiations held on 5 April 2016, the Finnish Government outlined the responsibilities that will be assigned to the counties as from the beginning of 2019. The responsibilities of the counties will be based on a clear division of duties between the municipality, the county and the central government. MUNICIPALITIES will be the communities of local involvement, democracy, culture and vitality that handle the duties related to municipal self-government as decided by the residents (general mandate) and local duties defined by law. In accordance with the principles of current legislation, the municipalities will remain responsible for handling and promoting employment. The municipalities will also continue to be responsible for promoting competence and culture as well as health and well-being, and for sports services, youth services, cultural services and other leisure services, local industrial policy, land use, construction and urban planning. COUNTIES will be responsible for healthcare and social welfare, rescues services, environmental healthcare, regional development duties and tasks related to the promotion of business enterprise,

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planning and steering of the use of regions as well as promoting the identity and culture of the counties. In addition, the counties will be responsible for other statutory regional services assigned to them. THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT will uphold and develop the rule of law, safeguard fundamental rights and evaluate their implementation, and assume responsibility for security. It will also perform international and national tasks as well as supervise equality and public interest. The organisation of central government administrative duties will be based on the principle of national competence, also when the duties require a local or regional presence. The principle of central government administrative duties is to follow uniform national practices in operating methods and decisions.

Additional information alueuudistus.fi/frontpage

Contact information and addresses of public service points www.suomi.fi/suomifi/ english/


BASIC INFORMATION ON FINLAND WORKING IN FINLAND

The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, labour legislation www.tem.fi/en/labour-legislation Occupational Safety and Health Administration www.tyosuojelu.fi/web/en/home Finnish Centre for Pensions www.etk.fi/en

THE RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF A FOREIGN EMPLOYEE A foreign employee coming to Finland requires a valid passport or some other valid travel documentation. Finland is part of the Schengen Area, but an identification card can still be required inside the area’s borders. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland is in charge of visa policy. Foreign missions of Finland grant visas and accept applications for citizenship and residence permits. The Ministry of the Interior is responsible for immigration administration, and the Finnish Immigration Service and the police are responsible for entry into the country. The Finnish Immigration Service will always grant the residence permit.

Issue

Responsible authority

web pages

Visa

Finnish consular mission

www.formin.fi/

Residence permit, a family member of a Finnish citizen

Finnish Immigration Service

www.migri.fi/en

Residence permit, family member of a foreign national residing in Finland

Finnish Immigration Service

www.migri.fi/en

Registration of a right of residence of an EU citizen

Finnish Immigration Service

www.migri.fi/en

Residence permit of an EU citizen or equivalent

Finnish Immigration Service

www.migri.fi/en

Residence permit for an employee

Consideration of labour policy: Employment and Economic Development Offices (TE Office) Other prerequisites: Finnish Immigration Service

www.te-services.fi/te/en/ www.migri.fi/en

Residence permit for a self-employed person

Prerequisites for the profitability of the business: Employment and Economic Development Office (TE Office) Other prerequisites: Finnish Immigration Service

www.ely-keskus.fi

Extension of residence permits

Finnish Immigration Service

www.migri.fi/en

Application for citizenship and Finnish Immigration Service citizenship declaration

www.migri.fi/en

www.migri.fi/en

Appeal

Administrative courts (asylum issues: Helsinki administrative court) Supreme Administrative Court

www.oikeus.fi/en/

Integration

The Ministry of Employment and the Economy, ELY Centres, municipalities

www.ely-keskus.fi/en/

Basic information for immigrants

Cooperation between state and municipalities

www.infopankki.fi

The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment is responsible for integration. The Employment and Economic Development Offices and municipalities are responsible for practical operations in the area. Local Employment and Economic Development Offices help with employment issues, job search or professional training in Finland. Their services are available for both companies as well as individuals.

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www.migri.fi, www.infopankki.fi

Authorities providing services related to immigration and residence The relationship between employees and employers is governed by labour legislation and collective agreements. They define the minimum wage, employee’s right to breaks and free time, payment methods of salaries, workplace conditions, occupational safety, and training.


RESIDENCE PERMIT Citizens of Nordic countries do not require a separate residence or work permit in Finland. In addition, the citizens of EU Member States, Liechtenstein and Switzerland do not need a residence permit in Finland. Citizens of the above-mentioned countries can reside and work freely in Finland for a maximum of three months. If the residence exceeds the threemonth period, the person is required to register for the right of residence at a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service or submit an electronic residence permit application. Citizens of other countries generally require a residence permit granted by Finland based on employment in order to be allowed to work in Finland. You must apply for a residence permit. Abroad, the application can be submitted to a Finnish mission (an embassy, for example) or if you are already in Finland, to the Finnish Immigration Service. You can also submit your application electronically at https://enterfinland. fi/eServices. When you submit your application online, you only need to prove your identity in person at a Finnish mission or the Finnish Immigration Service within three months from submitting the application. The Finnish Immigration Service grants the residence permit. When applying for a residence permit for an employee, the application must include an appendix to the worker’s residence permit application (TEM 0.54) filled in and signed by the employer. If the Employment and Economic Development Office gives a positive decision on the residence permit of an employee, the Finnish Immigration Service can grant a residence permit for the applicant. The ELY Centre’s web pages have contact information of the Employment and Economic Development Offices that handle permit and registration issues. The application process can take a while.

MOVING TO FINLAND Finnish law applies to employees moving to the country from abroad. Their application can depend on how long the employee works in Finland. Whether the employer is a Finnish or a Foreign company also affects taxation. If a foreign employee resides in Finland for over six months, he or she will be subject to unlimited tax liability in Finland. This means that the person is liable to pay tax for any income earned in Finland. The employee must ask the tax office to issue a tax card. If the person's wage is paid by a foreign company with no permanent establishment in Finland, the employee is personally liable to pay the taxes as prepayments. If a foreign national resides in Finland for the maximum of six months, he or she will have limited tax liability. A person with limited tax liability is only liable to pay tax for the income earned in Finland. When an individual with limited tax liability is working for a Finnish company or the employer has permanent establishment in Finland, his or her pay is subject to taxation at source at the 35-percent rate. Alternatively, employees can generally choose tax treatment under the progressive scheme. A tax treaty might restrain Finland's taxing rights. When the employee is from a country that has a treaty with Finland, and he or she stays in Finland for a period not exceeding 183 days during a period of 12 months or one calendar year, and his or her salary is paid by a foreign company, Finland has no right to tax these earnings. This is with the exception of leased employees: Finland may have the taxing rights for their wage income regardless of the length of their residence.

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Additional information www.vero.fi/en-US/Individuals/Arriving_in_Finland

Before starting work, employees coming to the Hanhikivi 1 nuclear power plant construction site must have a tax number entered into the public tax number register. Before receiving a tax number, a foreign employee must obtain a Finnish personal identity code, which requires a personal visit either to the register office or tax office. The employee is required to personally visit the Local Register Office to register his or her address in the population information system and home municipality. The person must take with him or her valid travel documentation, residence permit and employment contract. For more information about taxation, please contact the Finnish tax offices and the national helpline for international taxation +358 29 497 024.

What to remember before and after moving to Finland? www.infopankki.fi


BASIC INFORMATION ON FINLAND

COMPANIES IN FINLAND International studies have evaluated Finland as a safe, easy and corruption-free operating environment. Finland wishes to increase entrepreneurial activity. The aim is to make it as simple as possible to start a business in Finland and operate here. There are several advisory organisations for companies. The authorities are flexible in the different phases of business establishment and development. STARTING A BUSINESS AND REGISTRATION A company based in Finland must be entered into the business information system (YTJ), regardless of its form or size. The information will be passed on to the tax officials. This registration will show whether the company will employ people and whether it should sign up in the trade register, the prepayment register or as liable to pay value added tax (VAT). The company must pay VAT if it sells goods or services in Finland and has an annual turnover of over EUR 10,000. The above limitation has been valid since 2016.

Starting a business and business processes Contact your local business service centre. Contact information by economic region on pages 56–57.

BUSINESS ID Upon registration, the company receives a Business ID, which it must use in all of its operations, including the payment of wages, tax and other payments and on invoices.

In addition, since 1 July 2014, companies have been liable to report all construction services they purchase to the tax administration.

Foreign companies in Finland and employer obligations www.vero.fi/en-US/Companies_and_organisations/ Foreign_business_in_Finland

BUSINESS REGULATION Businesses are regulated in Finland, depending on the type of operation, whether the company employs people, whether the operation is subject to licence and how the operation affects the environment. Before starting a business, it is important to check whether the operation requires a specific permit or notification.

Additional information on trades subject to licence www.uusyrityskeskus.fi/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/ perustamisopas_suk_2016_en_web.pdf

OBLIGATIONS FOR THE COMPANIES REGARDING THEIR EMPLOYEES An employer must retain tax from pay according to the employee’s tax card. Social security contributions (1.08 per cent in 2017) and withheld tax must be reported and paid to the Tax Administration monthly. All employees on Finnish construction sites must wear an ID badge which shows their tax number. The employer must make sure that all employee tax

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numbers are entered into the tax number register. Employees coming to work in Finland for a short period of time must also have a personal identity code and a tax number. The personal identity code and the tax number can be obtained from the local tax office.

Tax administration contact information www.vero.fi/en-US/Tax_Administration/ Contact_information

From 1 July 2014, all construction sites have been subject to a special monthly report of employees and construction projects. All companies working at the site have been required, from 1 July 2014 onwards, to inform the main constructor of all the employees they are using, so that the main contractor can make an employer report on the site to the tax administration. INSURANCES The company must also obtain mandatory accident and pension insurance for its employees from an insurance company providing statutory insurances. Employers can also get optional additional insurance for their employees.

Finnish Centre for Pensions www.etk.fi/wp-content/uploads/maksutsuomessa-2017_englanti.pdf


OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH CARE AND SAFETY Employers have an obligation to organise occupational health care and safety for their employees. Occupational safety aims to promote and support the working capacity of employees and prevent workrelated risks and damages. The employer can buy services from local public health care providers or private service companies. Occupational health care can consist of a health check-up and basic services promoting working capacity, or it can include a comprehensive and versatile package to the employee, also including medical treatments.

Finnish Institute of Occupational Health www.ttl.fi/en Occupational Safety and Health Issues www.tyosuojelu.fi/web/en

COMPANY TAXATION, BOOKKEEPING AND SUPPORT SERVICES All companies have an accounting obligation and they must give a report to the tax administration each accounting period. Limited companies must also report their financial statements to the Finnish Trade Register. An annual report of employees and their salaries is given to the tax administration and the insurance company that handles their pension insurance. Trade Register information is public and includes the annual financial statements. The Finnish Patent and Registration Office provides Trade Register information on companies.

Excluding personal identity codes, all other tax administration services are available online. For example, you can look for instructions, get tax cards and make amendments and tax reports online. Local tax administration offices also provide personal service and advice.

The tax administration’s national telephone advice service +358 29 497 050

Finnish social security and taxation www.kela.fi/web/en/moving-to-finland_ working-in-finland

In Finland, companies typically buy bookkeeping, salary payment and taxation services from external accountancy companies that are usually audited and members of national associations. Accounting and legal services are available from a wide range of companies, some are international corporations and some small local service companies.

Financial management www.taloushallintoliitto.fi Lawyer services www.asianajajaliitto.fi/en Auditing communities www.suomentilintarkastajat.fi

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Your local Employment and Economic Development Office will know local employees and will help companies find the correct person for the job.

Services of the Employment and Economic Development Office www.te-palvelut.fi/te/en

Companies coming to the area can also obtain support services from other companies in the area or hire labour from personnel service companies.


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More specific information by economic region on pages 28–55.

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The economic effects of the Fennovoima nuclear power plant project will be evident all over Finland. The focus of this guide is to describe the operational environment supporting the power plant project operations. The area is a 200 km-long coastal region from Oulu to Kokkola. The site of the nuclear power plant, Hanhikivi and the municipality of Pyhäjoki, are located in the middle of this region. The region has over 450,000 inhabitants, of whom around 63 percent are of working age (15–64 years old). Around 13,000 people have an immigrant background. The largest immigrant nationality group is Russian. The location of the site is easy to reach. There are five international ports and two international airports on the coast. The Finnish main railway network crosses the area from north to south.

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ACCESSIBILITY OF THE AREA ROAD NETWORK The road network is comprehensive and in good condition. Highway 8 acts as the main north-south route for special transport. Its traffic density is approximately 10,000 vehicles a day, maximum. Important cross-connections include highway 27 between Kalajoki and Iisalmi, highway 28 between

Kokkola and Kajaani and the main road 88 between Raahe and Pulkkila. Highway E75 travels south to north through Finland from Helsinki to Oulu, further to Utsjoki, and then all the way to the Norwegian side of the border. Roads in Finland www.liikennevirasto.fi/web/en/maps-charts/roadnumbers#.WLaIVzfSMYl

Distance to Hanhikivi Location Pyhäjoki Raahe Kalajoki Oulainen Liminka Ylivieska Kempele Oulu Kokkola

Distance 13 km 23 km 42 km 52 km 70 km 81 km 84 km 96 km 108 km

Travel time 10 min 20 min 30 min 45 min 55 min 65 min 65 min 75 min 85 min

There are several alternative routes from Ylivieska to Hanhikivi. The table shows a route using highways 27 and 8, accessible by special vehicles.

RAIL TRAFFIC The main north-south railway travels the route Oulu– Ruukki–Vihanti–Oulainen–Ylivieska–Kokkola. It also serves the ports along the cost and eastbound connections all the way to Russia. Eastbound trains include connections from Oulu and Ylivieska to the Vartius border crossing station and to South-East Finland via Riihimäki to the Vaalimaa border crossing station. There is an electrified railway for goods traffic to Raahe, which separates from the main railway at Tuomioja. Finland and Russia have the same rail gauge, so rail transport can be arranged all the way to the eastern coast of Russia. The Ostrobothnian railway is undergoing a general overhaul, which will increase the axle load of goods traffic to 25 tonnes. In passenger traffic, travel speeds will increase to 200 km/hour, which reduces travel

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times from Oulu to Helsinki to below five hours, from Ylivieska to Helsinki to about four hours, and from Kokkola to Helsinki to under four hours. The overhaul will be finished in 2017. There is an excellent rail connection from Saint Petersburg to Helsinki and further north to Oulu. A high-quality combined transport terminal for goods traffic is located in Oulu. The distance from Hanhikivi to the nearest passenger railway station in Oulainen is 52 kilometres.

AIRPORTS The region has two international airports. In addition, the airfields of Raahe-Pattijoki and Kalajoki are within an around 30-minute drive from the Hanhikivenniemi construction site. Oulu Airport is the second busiest airport in Finland. It has on average 10–20 departing flights per day, mostly to Helsinki. There are flights on the Oulu– Luulaja–Tromssa route on five days a week. During the weekend, there are around 5–10 daily departures. Kokkola Airport has four daily connections to Helsinki and one to Stockholm. Both airports also provide direct international charter flights. Helsinki Airport is the largest in Finland, with excellent connections all over the world.

PORTS On the coast, there are five busy ports that operate yearround. The ports are busy and offer high-quality service.

The port data system of the Finnish Transport Agency www.portnet.fi Website of the Finnish Port Association www.finnports.com/eng/

Border crossing stations

Nuorgam Näätämö

Kilpisjärvi Kivilompolo Raja-Jooseppi–Lotta

Karesuvanto Muonio Kolari

Salla–Salla

Pello Aavasaksa Tornio Kemi

Tornio

Kuusamo–Suoperä

Oulu Raahe Kokkola Pietarsaari

Vartius–Lyttä

Kalajoki

Kokkola-Pietarsaari

Vaasa

Oulu Airport www.finavia.fi/en/oulu/ Kokkola-Pietarsaari Airport www.finavia.fi/en/kokkola-pietarsaari/ Helsinki Airport www.finavia.fi/en/helsinki-airport/

Additional information on ports at pages 28–55 on the economic regions.

Utsjoki

Source: The Finnish Border Guard

Niirala–Värtsilä Pori Rauma Turku

Helsinki-Vantaa Kotka

Imatra –Svetogorsk Nuijamaa–Brushnitshnoje Vainikkala–Luzhaika Vaalimaa–Torfjanovka

Helsinki

Local ports. Goods traffic total includes foreign and Finnish exports and imports. Port land area (hectares)

Port of Raahe Port of Oulu Port of Kalajoki Port of Kokkola Port of Pietarsaari

110 191 54 265 89

Route draught (m)

10 10 8,5 13 11

Piers total (m)

Storage area (m²)

Number of visiting ships (2015)

1 350 1 622 420 2 269 977

25 000 80 000 41 000 80 129 43 000

595 531 134 551 183

Goods traffic total (tonnes)

5 572 000 3 456 171 476 886 5 716 013 1 036 194

Distance to Hanhikivi by sea (km)

15 138 37 126 143 Ports

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ROAD TRANSPORT AND OTHER LOGISTICS SERVICES The share of land transport of all freight in Finland is about 90%. Regular daily freight transport operates between Oulu and Kokkola. There are additional transports to Rovaniemi, Turku and Helsinki, for example. Local business service centres provide additional information on logistics companies in the area. Border crossing stations www.raja.fi/guidelines/border_crossing/border_ crossing_points ELECTRICITY AND DATA COMMUNICATIONS In Finland, electricity users can freely choose their electricity vendor. Regional electricity vendors are

listed in a comparison service provided by the Energy Authority at www.sahkonhinta.fi. A transmission agreement is made with the regional network company. The electricity vendor can make the transmission agreement for the client on request. You can find out who your local network company is from your regional business service centre, electricity vendor or the Energy Authority. In Finland, consumers and companies are entitled to faultlessly operating 1 Mbit/s broadband access in their permanent residence or business address. This right is considered a universal service. The right does not apply to summer accommodation. All Finnish commercial telecommunication companies provide excellent services in the region between Oulu and Kokkola. The GSM public land mobile network

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practically covers the entire Finland and signal strength of the 3G mobile network is very extensive. The coverage area of 4G networks is constantly expanding, starting with densely populated areas. Data transfer in the 4G network can reach speeds of up to 300 Mbit/s. Broadband is available up to 1,000 Mbit/s. Up-to-date information on network coverage areas and mobile broadband maximum data transfer speeds are available on the operators’ web pages.

Electricity in Finland www.energiavirasto.fi/en/web/energy-authority/ Telephone and internet connections in FInland www.viestintavirasto.fi/en


OPERATIONAL ENVIRONMENT Further information by economic region on pages 28–55. ECONOMIC LIFE Finland is centrally located in the Barents Region. The Barents Region covers the coast of the Barents Sea and the Cap of the North. Finland has good connections to north-west Russia and northern Sweden, the Arctic Ocean and northern Norway. The unique natural resources of the North, such as oil, natural gas, the nature, minerals, and fresh water, are attracting increasing levels of interest from international business and investment.

The economic life in the area covered by this guide is versatile and the fields and sizes of companies vary a great deal. The Oulu–Kokkola region has around 30,000 enterprises that employ a total of around 110,000 people. The region has significant large-scale industry, which has developed the operators in the area into international and multifaceted experts. Raahe has a special steel factory, engineering works that manufacture international-level steel structures and equipment, and

several subcontractors. A gold mine also operates in the area. Kalajoki is a growing versatile tourist centre. Significant employers and large industries in the Oulu region include the paper and pulp industry, the chemicals industry, the electronics industry, and the latest growth area of software development. Oulu is also a vital location for shopping and leisure. The Ylivieska region has engineering workshops and steel structure manufacturers. Ylivieska is also a centre for specialised trade in the area, such as the car

Number of enterprises, turnover and personnel in the region in 2014.

Economic region Enterprises Turnover Personnel total (€1,000)

Raahe–Kalajoki 3,440 2,266,572 12,084 Oulu 13,281 13,462,468 58,267 Ylivieska 2,703 1,289,414 7,401 Kokkola–Pietarsaari 11,189 6,968,672 30,445 Total 30,613 23,987,126 108,197 Statistics Finland 2016, Register of Enterprises and Establishments TOL 2008

Jobs in the region by sector in 2014 Market area

Agriculture, forestry and fishing industry

Industry and mining

Electricity, water and construction

Public and private service sector

Other sectors

Jobs, total

Raahe-Kalajoki 1,577 5,166 1,398 9,745 291 18,177 Oulu 1,651 10,493 7,729 76,459 1,727 91,059 Ylivieska 867 2,250 939 7,338 194 11,588 Kokkola-Pietarsaari 4,123 10,347 3,674 30,807 625 49,576 Total 8,218 28,256 13,740 124,349 2,837 177,400 Statistics Finland 2016, Register of Enterprises and Establishments TOL 2008

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trade. Oulainen is the centre for health care services in the Ylivieska economic region. The Kokkola region has large-scale industry in applied chemistry. For example, the largest centre of inorganic chemistry companies in the Nordic countries is located here. Transport and logistics services have developed along with the needs of large companies. The area has attracted a strong set of subcontractors and highquality maintenance and building companies.

Company contact information Raahe, Pyhäjoki, Siikajoki http://rsyp.owla.fi/ Kalajoki, Merijärvi, Alavieska http://yrityshaku.kalajoki.fi/haku Oulu region www.businessoulu.com/en/company-database Kokkola region www.kosek.fi/Yritysrekisteri Ylivieska www.ytek.fi/yritysrekisteri Oulainen www.oulainen.fi/yritysrekisteri Kempele www.kempele.fi/en/employment-and-enterprise/ search-enterprises.html Liminka www.liminka.fi/sivu/fi/yrityshakemisto/ Sievi https://colosseum.grynos.com/Yrityshakemisto Other company directories www.lisaakauppaa.fi/en, www.partnerbook.fi

PUBLIC SERVICES TAXATION The registration of tax numbers and personal identity codes for foreign employees coming to the area takes place in the service points of the Tax Office of Northern Finland in Raahe and Oulu, and the Tax Office of Western Finland in Ylivieska and Kokkola.

Contact information of local tax offices www.vero.fi/en-US/Tax_Administration/Contact_ information/

EMERGENCY RESPONSE CENTRE The national emergency number is 112. The Emergency Response Centre Administration’s duty is to answer emergency calls from different parts of the country for rescue, police, social work and health care services and other calls related to the safety of people, the environment, and property, and forward them to the relevant authorities and partners.

Emergency Response Centre Administration www.112.fi/other_languages

HEALTH CARE Each municipality has a health centre that provides basic health care. 24-hour emergency services are available in Oulu, Oulainen, Raahe and Kokkola. Other health centres are only open during the day.

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Emergency care is organised into hospital districts. The Joint Municipal Authority of Wellbeing in Raahe District is responsible for health care services in Raahe, Pyhäjoki and Siikajoki. The Main Health Centre of Raahe and the Vihanti, Pyhäjoki and Ruukki Health Centres provide basic health care services and doctors’ appointments. The Joint Municipal Authority also has its own specialist health care services at Raahe Hospital. Raahe has a 24-hour health centre service and hospital services. Local health centres provide basic health care services in Kalajoki and Merijärvi. The City of Oulu is responsible for the basic health care of its residents. There are six wellness centres in the Oulu economic region. The Tuira Wellness Centre also carries out activities in the Rajakylä and Kaijonharju neighbourhoods. The Kaakkuri Wellness Centre also has activities in Oulunsalo. In addition, there are three Welfare Points in Oulu. The Northern Ostrobothnia Hospital District (PPSHP) includes three hospitals: Oulu University Hospital in Oulu, Oulaskangas Hospital in Oulainen, and Visala Hospital in Ylivieska. Oulu City Hospital (OKS) is a health centre hospital which provides residents with short-term, acute hospital care and rehabilitation. The joint emergency duty service of the Oulu region operates in connection with Oulu University Hospital. This service unit is in charge of basic health care for the member municipalities in the evenings and on weekends, as well as for special health care in general. In the Ylivieska region, basic health care is provided by Kallio Joint Municipal Authority, and in Oulainen, the town of Oulainen. Special health care is obtained from the Northern Ostrobothnia Hospital District,


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mainly from the Oulaskangas Hospital in Oulainen. In the Kokkola region, Kiuru, the Central Hospital of Central Ostrobothnia is resposible for providing specialised medical care. Each municipality has a health centre that provides basic medical treatment. Users of health services can request an interpreter to help.

Health care providers Raahe region www.ras.fi/frontpage Kalajoki, Merijärvi www.kalajoki.fi/en/social-and-health-services/ CIty of Oulu www.ouka.fi/oulu/english/health-services Ylivieska region www.kalliopp.fi City of Oulainen www.oulainen.fi/social_and_health_services Kokkola region www.soite.fi Kempele www.kempele.fi/en/social-and-healthcare.html Liminka www.liminka.fi/sivu/fi/sosiaali-_ja_terveyspalvelut/ Specialised medical care Oulu University Hospital www.ppshp.fi Oulaskangas Hospital www.ppshp.fi/oulaskankaan_sairaala Hospital District of Central Ostrobothnia www.soite.fi

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH CARE Employers have an obligation to organise occupational health care for their employees. The employer can buy services from local public health care providers or private service companies. Occupational health care can consist of a health check-up and basic services promoting working capacity, or it can include a comprehensive and versatile package for the employee, including medical treatments.

Finnish Institute of Occupational Health www.ttl.fi/en

POLICE Police stations located in Raahe, Kalajoki, Ylivieska, and Oulu operate under the Oulu Police Department. The area’s main police station is in Oulu. The police station located in Kokkola operates under the Ostrobothnia Police Department. Its main police station is in Vaasa.

Raahe–Kalajoki economic region www.poliisi.fi/en/oulu Oulu economic region www.poliisi.fi/en/oulu Ylivieska economic region www.poliisi.fi/en/oulu Kokkola–Pietarsaari economic region www.poliisi.fi/pohjanmaa

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FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE The Jokilaaksot rescue department is responsible for emergency services in 17 municipalities including those of Siikajoki, Raahe, Pyhäjoki and Kalajoki. The closest fire stations to Hanhikivi are located in Raahe and Pyhäjoki. The rescue department is responsible for emergency services in Raahe and Pyhäjoki, among others. The Jokilaaksot rescue department is responsible for the official supervision of the nuclear power plant. In the Oulu region, the Oulu-Koillismaa rescue depatment is in charge. The Kokkola region is covered by Central Ostrobothnia and Pietarsaari rescue department.

Raahe–Kalajoki and the Ylivieska economic regions www.jokipelastus.fi/eng Oulu economic region www.ouka.fi/pelastuslaitos Kokkola–Pietarsaari economic region www.kokkola.fi/aluepelastuslaitos/

CUSTOMS Finnish Customs is part of the European Union customs system. Customs service points are located in Oulu and Kokkola. Individuals are advised to primarily use the customs services online. Telephone advice is also available at +358 295 5202.

Customs web pages for companies www.tulli.fi/en/businesses


OTHER AUTHORITIES Local offices of Kela and TE Centres are located in Raahe, Oulu, Ylivieska, and Kokkola. Also located in Oulu are the Northern Finland Regional State Administrative Agency (AVI), Northern Ostrobothnia Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY) and the Council of Oulu Region. The Ostrobothnia Employment and Economic Development Office and and the Council of Central Ostrobothnia, for example, are located in Kokkola. The purpose of the reform of regional government, currently ongoing in Finland, is to harmonise the state regional administration with county government administration and to simplify the organisation of public-sector regional administration (at state, regional and municipal levels). According to the Government Programme, the primary solution will be the centralisation of functions into clear, autonomous regions – counties – in terms of tasks and authority as of the beginning of 2019. Read more at alueuudistus.fi/en.

Kela www.kela.fi/web/en AVI Northern Finland www.avi.fi/en/web/avi-en North Ostrobothnia Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY Centre) www.ely-keskus.fi/en/web/ely-en Council of Oulu Region www.pohjois-pohjanmaa.fi/ North Ostrobothnia Employment and Economic Development Office toimistot.te-palvelut.fi/web/guest/pohjois-pohjanmaa Ostrobothnia Employment and Economic Development Office toimistot.te-palvelut.fi/pohjanmaa Council of Central Ostrobothnia www.keski-pohjanmaa.fi Health, social services and regional government reform alueuudistus.fi/en/frontpage

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MUNICIPAL AND INDUSTRIAL WASTE AND WATER SUPPLY

Municipal waste is waste created in everyday life. Municipalities form municipal waste management agreements with a waste disposal company of their choice. Companies can select a waste disposal company for the industrial waste created as a result of their operations. Municipalities also supervise the waste management of companies. Further information is available on the municipal web pages. In Finland, municipalities are in charge of water supply and sewerage management. Local water companies take care of sewage treatment in each municipality. Each has its own water treatment plant. Municipal water and sewage service contact information is available on the municipal web pages.


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HOUSING, EDUCATION AND LEISURE The majority of all Finnish households live in flats or houses that they own. In addition, Finns own nearly 500,000 summer cottages in different parts of the country, often by lakes or by the sea. The population lives primarily in cities. Rural areas are sparsely populated at the European scale. RENTAL HOUSING Both the public and the private sector provide rental housing. The private sector also offers furnished flats. Municipal flats are generally rented as a municipal service provided within the municipality's service organisation. Privately rented housing can be viewed on national real estate and rental web portals. Further information is available from municipalities and regional business services. In Finland, most local real estate agents advertise the available housing on nationwide service portals. The portals include good descriptions of the available homes.

Available housing online www.etuovi.com/?locale=en www.vuokraovi.com/?locale=en www.oikotie.fi/

Higher education

Basic level

28%

29%

Upper secondary level

43% Standard of education of the population in the region in 2015 Statistic Finland 2016, StatFin

EVERYMAN’S RIGHTS Roaming in nature is a traditional and popular form of recreation in Finland all year round. According to everyman’s rights, you can pick berries and mushrooms and walk, cycle or cross-country ski in forests. You are not allowed to enter private yards or gardens. Fishing requires a permit, apart from angling and ice fishing. Hunting also requires a permit. Everyman’s rights do not permit you to litter, harm trees or vegetation, drive a motor vehicle without the landowner’s permission, or build temporary structures.

Everyman’s rights and responsibilities www.ymparisto.fi/en-US/Nature/Everymans_rights EDUCATION The population’s standard of education is high: Of people aged 15 or over, about 43 percent have completed upper secondary education and about 28 percent have a higher education qualification. It is typical to know at least one foreign language, the most common being English.

Additional information about fishing licences www.kalastusluvat.net/

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Over 65 years

Hanhikivi is located in the municipality of Pyhäjoki in the economic region of Raahe–Kalajoki. The region forms a coastal area of around 80 km. The municipality of Pyhäjoki is located in the middle of the area. The economic region provides a natural area for work, transactions and leisure activities. Around 48,000 people live in the Raahe–Kalajoki economic region. Working-age people make up 59% of the whole population. Around 20% of the population are aged 15 or under. Around 1,000 of the inhabitants in the region have an immigrant background. The largest immigrant nationality group is Russian.

0–14 years

22%

19%

Municipalities in the Raahe–Kalajoki economic region E75 Hailuoto

15–64 years

59%

Kempele Lumijoki

Population age structure of the Raahe–Kalajoki economic region in 2015 Statistics Finland 2016

Raahe Hanhikivi

Higher education

20%

32%

Siikalatva

Merijärvi

Ylivieska * 31 December 2015

Upper secondary level

48% Standard of education of the adult population in the Raahe–Kalajoki economic region in 2015 Statistics Finland 2016

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Pulkkila

Oulainen

Alavieska

E8

Web pages

Pyhäjoki 3,211 www.pyhajoki.fi Raahe 25,165 www.raahe.fi/frontpage Siikajoki 5,466 www.siikajoki.fi Kalajoki 12,621 www.kalajoki.fi/en/ Merijärvi 1,134 www.merijarvi.fi Total 47,597

E75

Vihanti

8

Basic level

Tyrnävä 4

Pyhäjoki

MUNICIPALITIES AND POPULATION IN THE RAAHE–KALAJOKI ECONOMIC REGION Population*

Liminka Siikajoki

Kalajoki

Municipality

Oulu

Haapavesi

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Kannus

Nivala

28 Map 1:1 million © NLS 2013

0

Sievi

28 10

20

30 km

COUNCIL OF OULU REGION 2013

Haapajärvi


ACCESSIBILITY ROAD NETWORK The road network is in good condition. Highway 8, from Liminka to Turku, crosses the area along the coast. All population centres in the region have good connections inland, for example, to highway E75, which travels south-north through Finland from Helsinki to Oulu and further to Rovaniemi. PORTS The Raahe-Kalajoki economic region has two ports. The ports of Raahe and Kalajoki operate year-round. The Port of Raahe is located near the Raahe steel factory and is the closest port to Hanhikivi. The distance to Hanhikivi by road is around 25 kilometres. Based on total amount of goods traffic, the port is one the busiest in Finland. Transport includes raw materials and bulk cargo, steel, timber, containers and heavy project transports for the oil drilling and wind power industries. The piers are equipped to handle heavy project cargo. A railway leads to the port. The Port of Raahe is the second-largest port on the Bothnian Bay if measured in goods traffic. Raahe has excellent sea transport connections to Central Europe, England and the Mediterranean. The port has a weekly container feeder connection to Hamburg and Bremerhaven. Land transport connections are also excellent, as the port is located near highway 8 and rail connections. Due to the high number of visiting ships, the winter navigation assistance is smooth. The port offers containerisation and storage services to companies. The port provides district heating, which enables building heated storage facilities.

Port of Raahe www.raahensatama.fi/en

Port of Kalajoki is an independent, free commercial port. The Port has excellent road connections to highway 8 and further to the whole of Northern Finland. The port is located near the intersection of highways 8 and 27. The distance from Kalajoki to Pyhäjoki is 37 kilometres by sea and 50 kilometres by road. The nearby Ylivieska railway station has a regular lorry connection of goods to the Port of Kalajoki. The port includes an oil spill prevention and response centre of the Finnish Environment Institute and the Kalajoki- Raahe coastguard station. The port has three berths with the total length of 420 meters. One ro-ro berth enables semi-trailer and car transport. In recent years, the port has grown to become a significant heavy lift and project load port as well as the biggest port for the import of wind power structures in the region. The port has the ISO 9001:2015 quality management system and the ISO 14001:2015 environment management system, both certified by Inspecta.

Customs clearances also online tulli.fi/en/frontpage

RAIL TRAFFIC There is an electrified railway for goods traffic to Raahe. At Tuomioja, the track meets the main railway which covers the whole country south-north from Helsinki to Rovaniemi. The most direct rail connection to Russia goes through the Vartius border crossing station. The distance from Hanhikivi to the nearest railway station in Oulainen is around 52 km. The Vihanti passenger train station is located around 37 km from Raahe. There are several daily connections available from Raahe town centre.

Long-distance timetables www.vr.fi/cs/vr/en/long-distance_timetables Rail traffic between Finland and Russia www.vr.fi/cs/vr/en/tickets_to_russia

For goods traffic, VR provides bulk cargo transport and storage services for Finnish and international industry and trade.

Port of Kalajoki www.portofkalajoki.fi/en Goods traffic www.vrtranspoint.fi/en/ CUSTOMS The customs for the Port of Raahe are administered by Oulu Customs. Customs for the Port of Kalajoki are administered through Kokkola.

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AIRPORTS The airports closest to Hanhikivi are located in Oulu and Kokkola. The drive from Pyhäjoki to Oulu Airport takes around 75 minutes, and to Kokkola- Pietarsaari Airport around 100 minutes. The Raahe-Pattijoki and Kalajoki Airfields are within an around 30-minute drive from the Hanhikivi construction site. The Kalajoki Airfield is within a walking distance from the Kalajoki tourist centre.

Oulu Airport www.finavia.fi/en/oulu Kokkola-Pietarsaari Airport www.finavia.fi/en/kokkola-pietarsaari

ROAD TRANSPORT AND OTHER LOGISTICS SERVICES Buses travel along highway 8 from Oulu to Turku. If needed, the bus stations of larger towns have connections to cross traffic to the eastern and southern

parts of Finland. In addition to passenger traffic, buses can transport smaller cargo quickly. Bus timetables and connections are available on the Matkahuolto web pages. There are a lot of transport and logistics companies in the region. Local business service centres provide information on logistics companies in the area.

Matkahuolto, bus timetables www.matkahuolto.fi/en/timetables-and-prices/ bus-timetables Matkahuolto, transport and freight services www.matkahuolto.fi/en/business/transport-andfreight-services Raahe District Business Services www.rsyp.fi/frontpage Kalajoki Business Service Centre www.kalajoki.fi/en/jobs-and-enterprise/ business-services/ Company contact information www.lisaakauppaa.fi/en, www.partnerbook.fi

ECONOMIC STRUCTURE The economic structure of the Raahe–Kalajoki region is characterised by large-scale industry on one hand and agriculture on the other. There is a total of approximately 3,400 companies of varying size in the region. In 2014, these companies employed around 12,000 people in total. There are around 300 industrial companies and 5,200 industrial jobs. Large-scale industry in the area includes the SSAB steel factory, which is one of the leading special steel and steel structure manufacturers in Europe. The factory was established in Raahe over 50 years ago. SSAB imports some of its raw materials by rail from Russia. The economic region has many high-quality engineering workshops and metal subcontractors and related services, and companies in the design and automation sector. There are also many architecture, engineering and design offices as well as companies related to construction in the region

Company contact information Raahe, Pyhäjoki, Siikajoki http://rsyp.owla.fi/ Kalajoki, Merijärvi, Alavieska http://yrityshaku.kalajoki.fi/haku Company directories www.lisaakauppaa.fi/en, www.partnerbook.fi

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Number of jobs in the Raahe–Kalajoki economic region by sector in 2014 Agriculture, forestry and fishing industry 1,577 5,166 Industry and mining 1,398 Electricity, water and construction 9,745 Public and private service sector 291 Other sectors 18,177 Jobs, total Statistics Finland 2016

Number of enterprises, turnover and personnel in the Raahe–Kalajoki economic region in 2014 Number of enterprises Turnover total (€1,000) Personnel

3,440 2,266,572 12,085

Statistic Finland 2016, Register of Enterprises and Establishments

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND SUPPORT SERVICES Raahe District Business Services and the business service centre of the town of Kalajoki provide support services for businesses in the Raahe-Kalajoki economic region. Their experts help companies connect with any necessary authorities, such as the TE Centres (for hiring employees and developing the company, for example), tax administration and licensing authorities. They can also help new companies relocating to the region to create contacts with private companies, for example, in

order to rent premises and obtain banking, insurance, legal, and accounting services as well as transport contacts and other services. The Raahe–Kalajoki economic region has versatile industrial and business premises for companies to rent or buy. New premises can also be built on industrial plots. The Ollinmäki industrial area in Pyhäjoki, about seven kilometres from Hanhikivi, has 72 hectares of industrial plots available to rent or buy. In addition, Raahe, Kalajoki, Siikajoki and Merijärvi have plenty of industrial properties available.

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Premises Raahe, Pyhäjoki, Siikajoki www.rsyp.fi/toimitilaporssi Pyhäjoki www.pyhajoki.fi/elinkeinot_ja_yrittaminen Kalajoki, Alavieska, Merijärvi http://kalajoki.fi/en/premises/ Merijärvi www.merijarvi.fi/yrittaminen-ja-elinkeinot/ toimitilat-ja-yritystontit


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HOUSING
 In the Raahe–Kalajoki economic region, most people live in detached houses or flats that they own. Municipal rental housing is available in both terraced houses and blocks of flats. Furnished rental flats owned by private persons are also available and can be found on public housing agency portals.

EDUCATION Pyhäjoki tourism services www.pyhajoki.fi/matkailu/majoituspaikat Raahe tourism services www.visitraahe.fi/en/ Kalajoki tourism services www.visitkalajoki.fi/en

Pyhäjoki www.pyhajoki.fi/asuminen Raahe www.raahe.fi/asumispalvelut/vuokra-asunnot Siikajoki www.siikajoki.fi/vuokra-asunnot Kalajoki www.kalajoki.fi/en/housing-and-environment/ Merijärvi www.merijarvi.fi/asuminen-ja-rakentaminen

Hotel capacity and high-quality holiday homes and cottages are available around the region. The Kalajoki Tourist Resort has around 12,000 beds available in hotels, holiday flats and leisure homes. Some of the resort's leisure homes are lived in year-round. Raahe has about 600 beds on offer. The region’s business and tourist services provide information on accommodation.

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Early childhood education and care is provided in dozens of day-care centres and basic education in dozens of comprehensive schools in the economic region. Upper secondary school education and vocational training is provided in nearly every municipality. The upper secondary school in Pyhäjoki promotes entrepreneurial skills. Kalajoki also offers education in English. The Brahe Education Centre provides basic and additional education at the upper secondary level and other employment, service and development activities as well as adult education and apprenticeship training. Students at Raahe Vocational Institute can choose one of eight study programmes. Lybecker Institute of Crafts and Design has four, and Ruukki Agricultural Institute has two study programmes. Raahe Business College provides basic business degrees. Kalajoki Vocational College has six departments: tourism, clothing industry, wood technology, metals, construction, and adult education and employment services. Kalajoki Christian College offers vocational, preparatory and general education and dozens of shorter courses. Self-motivated training and education services in the area are provided by, among others, the Summer University of Northern Ostrobothnia, Raahe College, Kalajoki Community College and Jokihelmi College in Merijärvi.


LEISURE Raahe Vocational Institute www.raahenedu.fi/rao/in-english/ Lybecker Institute of Crafts and Design www.raahenedu.fi/lybecker/en/ Ruukki Agricultural Institute www.rmo.fi Raahe Business College www.rpkk.fi/en/ Raahe College www.raahe.fi/raaheopisto

Kalajoki Vocational College www.jedu.fi/kalajoki Kalajoki Community College www.kalajoki.fi/en/leisure-and-sports/adulteducation-centre/ Kalajoki Christian College www.kkro.fi/ Jokihelmi College www.jokihelmenopisto.fi/ The Summer University of Northern Ostrobothnia www.pohjois-pohjanmaankesayliopisto.fi/en/

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The Raahe–Kalajoki economic region is a lively location for sports and cultural activities. Popular sports include athletics, the national sport of pesäpallo (Finnish baseball), and ice hockey and cross-country skiing in the winter. The sea, the archipelago and rivers provide excellent opportunities for trekking, boating, fishing and skiing. The region has two golf courses, multi-sports centres and tennis courts, riding centres and beaches. Pyhäjoki, too, has plenty to offer. The Kielosaari area includes a sports hall, an ice rink and sports


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and tennis courts. The naturally beautiful Kielosaari Island near Pyhäjoki town centre provides excellent nature trails and campfire spots. There is also a beach volleyball court available. Rautiperä sports area includes jogging tracks, skiing tracks and a biathlon route. The village has a frisbee golf course, a rifle range, and Ollinmäki has an indoor range for air guns. Pyhäjoki rapids are excellent for fishing, all the way to the sea. Tervo harbour operates as a guest harbour for visiting boats. Local cultural services include events at Pauhasali, Annala Museum and summer theatre shows and art exhibitions. In addition to books and magazines, Pyhäjoki Library provides access to the Internet on the library’s computers. Raahe is an old seaside town with dozens of islands. The Raahe archipelago provides unique experiences and is part of the Natura 2000 network. The archipelago includes islands with more woodland located near the coast as well as small, open islets further in the open sea. In total, the Raahe archipelago consists of 36 islands, some of them bigger and others smaller. The archipelago provides a variety of activities: you can peddle, fish, ice-fish, cross-country ski, walk, pick berries, kicksled, ice-skate, snowshoe or simply enjoy coffee cooked in a pot over campfire in the wilderness. The archipelago in front of Raahe was selected the excursion site of the year 2016 in a public vote. The many culture and sports facilities of Raahe enable a variety of leisure activities. Different sports clubs and municipal colleges offer language and handicraft courses in addition to sports and culture. Raahesali is a venue for versatile cultural events. People can also join choirs, amateur theatres or dance and

music groups. Summer events in Raahe include the local celebration Pekanpäivät and the Rantajatsit – Jazz on the Beach event. Siikajoki also offers versatile sporting facilities, library services, and cultural events. An 18-hole golf course is also available. Ruukki has an esteemed riding centre, which includes a riding school and spacious manège. The community college offers courses in music, arts, and handicrafts. At the Kalajoki sports centre, you can engage in ice hockey, football, floorball, Finnish baseball, basketball, rinkball, beach volley, athletics, tennis, cross-country skiing and cross-country running. The area provides an indoor ice rink, several indoor sports facilities and gyms as well as a brand new football hall. In the city area, there are dozens of kilometres of jogging tracks, forest paths and nature trails with campfire spots. The city also provides good opportunities for fishing by the sea and river. Kalajoki has diverse cultural services, including libraries, museums, summer theatres and art exhibitions. Annually, over 500 different sports, cultural and recreational events are organised in the area. The Kalajoen juhannus midsummer celebration and the Venetsialaiset Venetian Night Festival are the most well-known events. The Ristivuori sports area is located in the northern parts of the Merijärvi municipality, near the border with Pyhäjoki. Ristivuori has a ski slope and a lift, a sled hill for children, skiing tracks, a café and equipment hire and campfire spots. The area also has a rifle range and a wood cabin for rent. Nearby, Pyhänkoski rapids are an excellent location for fly fishing.

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TOURIST RESORT Kalajoen Hiekkasärkät is one of Finland’s most popular tourist resorts and the only one in the economic region located by the sea. Kalajoki is famous for its sandy beaches and beautiful views of the sea. The tourist resort is a versatile leisure location including a 15-kilometre beach, a spa, a golf course, an adventure park, a water park, Nordic walking, cross-country skiing and cycling tracks, fishing services, snowmobile routes, a windsurfing centre, the Rahja archipelago, and year-round events. The Kalajoki Tourist Resort has several hotels and restaurants, holiday homes and apartments, a camping site and sports, wellbeing and programme services.

Pyhäjoki www.pyhajoki.fi/leisure Raahe www.visitraahe.fi/en/ Siikajoki www.siikajoki.fi/liikuntapaikat Kalajoki www.visitkalajoki.fi/en www.kalajoki.fi/en/events/ Merijärvi www.merijarvi.fi/vapaa-aika

Infopankki.fi – Basic information for immigrants on the Raahe–Kalajoki region and services in the area www.infopankki.fi/en/raahe-kalajoki-region


Kalajoki International Tourist Resort www.visitkalajoki.fi/en

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OULU ECONOMIC REGION

OULU ECONOMIC REGION Over 65 years

The Oulu economic region consists of Oulu and its neighbouring municipalities. The economic region has around 250,000 inhabitants. Oulu was named the capital of Northern Scandinavia in the Arctic Europe growth region and one of the seven most intelligent communities in the world. The close cooperation between research and education institutes and companies is typical in the region. One third of the inhabitants have a higher education degree.

0–14 years

14%

21%

15–64 years

65% Population age structure of the Oulu economic region in 2015 Statistics Finland 2016

MUNICIPALITIES AND POPULATION OF THE OULU ECONOMIC REGION Population*

Web pages

Oulu 198,525 www.ouka.fi/oulu/english Hailuoto 993 www.hailuoto.fi/en Kempele 17,066 www.kempele.fi/en Tyrnävä 6,793 www.tyrnava.fi Muhos 9,063 www.muhos.fi Lumijoki 2,076 www.lumijoki.fi Liminka 9,937 www.liminka.fi Ii 9,663 www.ii.fi/front_page Total 254,115

Higher education

Basic level

33%

24%

Upper secondary level * 31 December 2015

Municipality

43% Standard of education of people aged 15 or over in the Oulu economic region in 2015 Statistic Finland 2016, StatFin

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The Oulu region has the youngest age structure in Europe: around 20 per cent of the population are 15 or under. Around 7,160 inhabitants have an immigrant background. The largest immigrant nationality group is Russian.


Municipalities of the Oulu economic region

E8

Ii

Pudasjärvi 4

E75

Oulu

Hailuoto

Kempele Lumijoki

Raahe

ACCESSIBILITY

Simo

Kemi

E8 Siikajoki

Hanhikivi Pyhäjoki Vihanti

Map 1:1 million © NLS 2013 .

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Utajärvi

Liminka

Muhos Tyrnävä

E75 0

10

20

30 km

Vaala

COUNCIL OF OULU REGION 2013

ROAD NETWORK Logistically, Oulu has an excellent location by the sea and at the junction of railways and main roads. The distance from Oulu to Hanhikivi by highway E75/8 is 96 kilometres, to Kokkola 204 kilometres, to Turku 620 kilometres and Helsinki is 607 kilometres on highway E75. The distance to Kajaani to the east on highway 22 is 180 kilometres. Rovaniemi is 207 kilometres to the north on highway E75. PORTS The Port of Oulu is the leading forestry and unit load port on the Bothnian Bay. Oritkari, Nuottasaari, and Vihreäsaari ports serve ships 24 hours a day, all year round. The port handles forestry raw materials and products, such as paper, pulp, and timber, bulk and mixed cargo, containers, and trailers. The port also handles heavy lift and project loads. The Port of Oulu

is the largest container port on the Bothnian There is weekly scheduled transport from the ports with ro-ro ships and container feeders to several Central European ports. Other routes take cargo to the UK and the Mediterranean. Several global shipping agencies and operators provide their services at the port. The operators also offer storage and containerisation services. The port has excellent connections to highways 4 and 8. The port and storages have a direct rail connection to the main railway network and further to Russia. There is also a free warehouse which can store undeclared goods to and from countries outside the EU. The customs office of Oulu is located near the port.

Port of Oulu www.ouluport.com/en/home

RAIL TRAFFIC Rail traffic travels along the main railway to Helsinki. There are several daily passenger train connections and goods traffic is busy. Northbound rail traffic takes you all the way to Rovaniemi and Kemijärvi. The eastbound track through the Vartius border crossing station to Russia was overhauled in 2016. Long-distance timetables www.vr.fi/cs/vr/en/long-distance_timetables

Port of Oulu

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Rail traffic between Finland and Russia www.vr.fi/cs/vr/en/tickets_to_russia

For goods traffic, VR provides bulk cargo transport and storage services for Finnish and international industry and trade.

Goods traffic www.vrtranspoint.fi/en/

AIRPORTS Oulu has the second busiest airport in Finland with a million passengers each year. In addition to Helsinki, direct flights take passengers from Oulu to Sweden and Northern Norway. Several carriers fly to the airport, including both scheduled flights and holiday charters. On weekdays, there are on average 10–20 departing and arriving flights per day, mostly to and from Helsinki. The flight from Oulu to Helsinki takes around 55 minutes. There are excellent connections from Helsinki to everywhere in the world. The routes to Europe and Asia are particularly busy.

Oulu Airport www.finavia.fi/en/oulu

ROAD TRANSPORT AND OTHER LOGISTICS SERVICES The Oritkari logistics centre is located near to the Port of Oritkari. The 20-hectare area includes loading areas for goods trains with rails and equipment, and loading and storage yards. The rails to the terminal area are partly electrified, so that goods trains going south from Oulu can be driven directly through the Oulu railway yard and further to their destinations. The region has excellent local bus connections. Long-distance bus services are also available: for example, on weekdays, there are 11 express connections to Helsinki, 13 to Raahe, and 11 to Kokkola. Bus timetables and connections are available on the Matkahuolto and Onnibus web pages. BusinessOulu, the local business service centre, provides information on logistics companies in the area.

Matkahuolto, bus timetables www.matkahuolto.fi/en/timetables-and-prices/ bus-timetables Matkahuolto, transport and freight services www.matkahuolto.fi/en/business/transport-andfreight-services Onnibus.com timetables www.onnibus.com/en/timetables.htm BusinessOulu www.businessoulu.com/en/company-database Company directories www.lisaakauppaa.fi/en, www.partnerbook.fi

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ECONOMIC STRUCTURE The Oulu economic region has a versatile industry and service structure. The total number of enterprises was 13,281 in 2014. The total number of jobs, including the public sector, was 91,059. Services dominate the economic structure. For example, in 2014, trade had a turnover of over EUR 3.4 billion and employed 9,070 people. The number of business service companies in the region was 1,250, including software and data service companies, engineering and architecture companies as well as legal and accounting services. The number of transport and logistics companies in the economic area was 800. Strong industrial branches include paper and pulp production, the food industry, metal processing, chemical products and timber. A significant share of the industrial production in the region is exported. The total turnover for industry in 2014 was EUR 4.5 billion. Industry employed around 10,500 people in 2014. The region can also boast strong design and engineering expertise. In the economic region, there are around 1,400 construction companies, of which 760 are specialist companies, for example plumbing and electrics. There are 60 excavation and water engineering companies and 600 house-building companies. All the largest construction companies in Finland operate in the region. In addition, there are several smaller local construction companies. (Statistics Finland 2014) There are around 460 active industrial design and maintenance companies that employ a total of some 3,100 people. The total turnover is around EUR 290 million.


Number of jobs in the Oulu economic region by sector in 2014 Agriculture, forestry and fishing industry 1,651 3,493 Industry and mining 7,729 Electricity, water and construction 76,459 Public and private service sector 1,727 Other sectors 91,059 Jobs, total Statistics Finland 2016

Number of enterprises, turnover and personnel in the Oulu economic region in 2014 Number of enterprises Turnover total (â‚Ź1,000 ) Personnel

13,281 13,462,468 58,267

Statistic Finland 2016, Register of Enterprises and Establishments

The strongest ICT speciality in the Oulu region is the design of mobile phone network base stations and wireless technologies, and the manufacturing of base stations. A 5G network is currently developed in Oulu; and companies already have wide access to the 5G test network. Oulu is also a significant hub for start up companies. ICT solutions tailored to meet the needs of industry also have significant potential for companies participating in large-scale projects. Oulu city centre and several public service points are served by the public WLAN network, PanOULU.

services of the municipalities in the region. BusinessOulu focuses on promoting entrepreneurial activity with the aim of creating new jobs and attracting investment to the area. BusinessOulu also promotes the realisation of large-scale projects, such as the Fennovoima construction project. BusinessOulu and municipal business services help companies of all sizes that wish to relocate in the economic region. The municipalities in the region have a variety of different plots available for business activities and housing purposes. Real estate companies have plenty of industrial premises and offices available to rent or buy.

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND SUPPORT SERVICES BusinessOulu is in charge of business support services in cooperation with the economic development

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The Urban and Environmental Services of the City of Oulu are responsible for providing plot services. www.ouka.fi/oulu/english/housing-and-construction Business Premises and Commercial Lands in the Oulu Region www.businessoulu.com/en/company-services/onlineservices/business-premises-and-plots.html Municipality of Kempele's plots for residential and business use www.kempele.fi/tontit Municipality of Liminka's plots for residential use www.liminka.fi/tontit Municipality of Liminka's plots for business use www.emapitaja.fi/tontit


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HOUSING The Oulu economic region is growing and developing rapidly. In the autumn of 2016, Oulu's population reached 200,000 inhabitants. 60% of all households in 2014 lived in homes that they owned, nearly 40 percent of these were detached houses. There are 56,000 housing units in blocks of flats in the region. (Statistics Finland 2015.) The Oulu region has a versatile range of options for living. There are around 15,100 state-supported rental flats and some 1,640 right of residence flats (Statistics Finland 2014). The City of Oulu’s rental housing is managed by Sivakka, which owned and managed in total 8,212 rental units in 2015. The largest operator in student housing is PSOAS, with nearly 5,500 housing units available.

City of Oulu rentals, Sivakka www.oulunsivakka.fi/en Student housing, PSOAS www.psoas.fi/en Publicly-funded rental housing in the Oulu region Oulu region rental companies www.ouka.fi/oulu/english/living-in-oulu Housing in the municipality of Liminka www.liminka.fi/asuminen The private sector provides plenty of rental housing in the economic region. Homes for sale are available through local and national real estate agencies and agents. The BusinessOulu contact person can provide

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you with additional information on the operators. Please see the contact information by economic region on pages 56–57 at the end of this guide. Oulu has the greatest amount of hotel accommodation available in the economic region, with 11 hotels and other options. In total, the region has over 500 accommodation companies and nearly 600 cafés and restaurants.

Available services in the region and contact information www.visitoulu.fi/en/home www.businessoulu.com/en/frontpage/en/ businessoulu-2/congress-marketing.html www.kempele.fi/recreation www.visitliminka.fi/sivu/fi/in_english/


EDUCATION

11,300 students. (City of Oulu 2013.) Oulu University of Applied Sciences (OAMK) offers vocational higher education. The main emphasis is on Internet and ICT, energy and the environment, health and wellbeing and creative fields. OAMK has around 9,000 students.

Education in English is available from day care all the way to doctoral degrees. In total, the university city of Oulu has around 50,000 students, from preschoolers to adult learners. 30,000 of them study in the science university and higher education institutions.

Oulu Vocational College www.osao.fi/en Oulu University of Applied Sciences www.oamk.fi/en/

Information on education and studies www.ouka.fi/oulu/english/schools-and-education

Early childhood education is available in around 100 municipal and 50 private day-care centres. Some of the day-care centres include English and Swedish-speaking units, and groups in Sami, Swedish, or German. Instruction preparing for basic education and three multicultural groups are available for children with immigrant backgrounds. Oulu offers special classes in arts, sports, and music from third grade up to upper secondary education. There are 52 comprehensive schools. Oulu has 13 upper secondary schools, a Steiner school and a Swedish upper secondary school. Oulun Lyseo offers the International Baccalaureate programme. The IB Diploma provides eligibility for further studies in Finland. Upper secondary general education can also be completed online at eLukio.

as the international International Baccalaureate / IB programme. The school provides the Primary Years Programme / PYP for classes 1–4 and the Middle Years Programme / MYP for classes 5–9. The school is open for all pupils who would benefit from studying in English. Applicants must take a language proficiency assessment test, which is organised in February and August. OIS is located in Oulu's city centre within good transport connections. The school currently has 370 pupils from all over the world.

OULU INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (OIS) Oulu International School is owned by the City of Oulu and it provides basic education (classes 1–9). English is the language of instruction of the school. The school follows both the Finnish curriculum as well

EDUCATION IN VOCATIONAL INSTITUTES AND UNIVERSITIES OF APPLIED SCIENCES

Oulu International School www.ouka.fi/oulu/Oulu-International-School

Vocational education and training is provided in six vocational institutes. Oulu Vocational College (OSAO) has the widest supply with 12 units and

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UNIVERSITY OF OULU The University of Oulu is a multidisciplinary and international science and innovation university with 14,000 students and 3,000 employees. Strong fields of research and education include the development of smart systems and services, sustainable use of natural resources, Earth – near space interaction, human welfare and life-long health as well as changes and interactions in communities. The University of Oulu is an active cooperation partner and a scientific community providing highquality services. It can provide you with support in solving research issues as well as help you find specialists, research and testing equipment, premises, skilled employees and further education. Further training in nuclear energy technology has begun in cooperation with Lappeenranta University of Technology and other operators in the field.

University of Oulu www.oulu.fi/university


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LEISURE The Oulu economic region has plenty of leisure activities and services to offer. You can enjoy nature, for example, at the world's northernmost Geopark and national park as well as the most valuable bird watching spot in Finland, the Liminganlahti wetlands, or at the Koiteli rapids. The national landscape of Hailuoto is located just a short ferry ride away. Oulu has one of Europe's best ice hockey teams as well as the world's northernmost Finnish baseball station and symphony orchestra. EXERCISE OPPORTUNITIES AND TOURISM Oulu is a city of cycling and there are over 700 kilometres of cycle paths in the area. The region has around ten sports halls, four ice stadiums and four swimming halls. There are around 250 active sports clubs you can join. There are dozens of locations for outdoor sports: Ball game and sports fields, trails and beaches. Nallikari is the largest and most popular tourist resort in Northern Finland. It is located right at the centre of Oulu. It is characterised by a kilometre-long sandy beach. A camping site, spa and restaurants are located right by the beach. Summer activities include beach tennis and volleyball as well as mini golf, pony rides at Hietasaari’s Ponipiha and kite boarding. The Nallikari Winter Village offers snow activities and services for the entire family. Nallisport provides versatile ball game and indoor sports facilities. The Virpiniemi recreation and sports centre is a versatile area for exercise. The area has excellent surroundings for outdoor sports, the services of a

sports institute, a nationally acclaimed golf course, an area for animal sports, a campsite and a harbour for visiting boats. Virpiniemi has a variety of activities available all year round. In winter, the activities include snowshoeing, sledding, snow football, snow Frisbee and skiing and in summer, ball sports, frisbee golf and athletics. Other popular winter sports include skating, skiing and ice swimming. Spectators at the Raksila Sport Centre can watch sports performed at the highest national level in the swimming pool, ice stadium, artificial ice rink, Finnish baseball stadium and Ouluhalli. In Kempele, leisure activities are organised by the Kempele Academy. Kempele's Zemppi is a centre for recreational activities that includes, in addition to a hotel, a bowling alley, gym, children's indoor playworld as well as a sports and event arena. Other destinations suitable for families with children include Liminganlahti nature centre, the flower and animal part Escurial as well as the Rantakylä recreational area in Liminka. The new bike and mountain biking tracks, which were opened in the summer of 2016, provide challenges to cyclists with different skill levelts. CULTURAL SERVICES Theatre-goers can enjoy shows at Oulu City Theatre, Oulu Workers’ Theatre and several amateur societies. Music offerings are provided by professional event producers, such as the Qstock and Elojazz music festivals, the Air Guitar World Championship, the Oulu Sinfonia symphony orchestra and Areena, alongside study groups, amateur orchestras and choirs. Art institutions include the Oulu Museum of

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Art OMA, the Northern Ostrobothnia Museum and private art galleries. One must not forget Oulu’s dance groups, the culture house Valve, and libraries, of which there are 30 in the region. SHOPPING Oulu city centre’s boutiques offer international and local design and the Rotuaari pedestrian zone is a meeting point for the locals. The Market Hall, Market Square and numerous cafés offer you a taste of local treats. There are numerous other shopping centres around Oulu. Zeppelin, the largest shopping centre in Northern Finland, is located in Kempele. RESTAURANTS Oulu’s restaurants include favourite chains, international flavours, such as Russian, Italian, Greek and Japanese cuisine, as well as local delicacies. Oulu also has restaurants that focus on organic products and locally-produced food. A local seafood restaurant in Tupos, Liminka, offers fresh and delicious seafood dishes to its customers from a menu that is changed daily. VILLA VICTOR MULTICULTURAL CENTRE Villa Victor provides activities for immigrants and Finns in Oulu. These activities include Finnish courses, information events on important issues in daily life and international cultural and thematic events.


Oulu Guide for tourists www.issuu.com/businessoulu Welcome to Oulu guide for foreigners www.issuu.com/businessoulu Infopankki – basic information on Oulu for immigrants www.infopankki.fi/en/oulu Villa Victor multicultural centre www.ouka.fi/oulu/villavictor-english Oulu cultural services www.ouka.fi/oulu/english/culture-and-library www.ouka.fi/tapahtumat Sports facilities www.ouka.fi/oulu/english/sports-and-exercise Events www.visitoulu.fi/en/home Liminka tourism and leisure www.visitliminka.fi/sivu/fi/in_english/ Kempele tourism and leisure www.kempele.fi/en/recreation-and-sports.html

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YLIVIESKA ECONOMIC REGION

YLIVIESKA ECONOMIC REGION

Ylivieska economic region has over 30,000 inhabitants. Around 60% of the inhabitants are of working age. Around 22% of the population are aged 15 or under. Around 400 inhabitants have an immigrant background.

Over 65 years

0–14 years

19%

Municipalities of the Ylivieska economic region

22% Liminka

Hanhikivi 59% Population age structure of the Ylivieska economic region in 2015

MUNICIPALITIES AND POPULATION OF THE YLIVIESKA ECONOMIC REGION

8

Vihanti

E75 Siikalatva

Merijärvi

Statistic Finland 2016, StatFin

Oulainen

Alavieska

E8

Pulkkila

4

Haapavesi

Ylivieska 27

* 31 December 2015

Total 30,460

Kalajoki

Tyrnävä

Raahe

Pyhäjoki

15–64 years

Municipality Population Web pages Ylivieska 15,039 www.ylivieska.fi/frontpage Alavieska 2,687 www.alavieska.fi/frontpage Sievi 5,124 www.sievi.fi Oulainen 7,610 www.oulainen.fi/frontpage

Siikajoki

Kannus

Higher education

22%

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27

Lestijärvi ijärvi

Veteli

Pyhäjärvi

Reisjärvi

Kaustinen

Upper secondary level

Statistics Finland 2016

Haapajärvi

Toholampi

unupyy

Standard of education of people aged 15 or over in the Ylivieska economic region in 2015

Kärsäm

Sievi

31%

47%

28

Nivala

28

Basic level

Halsua

Map 1:1 million © NLS 2013

0

Pihtipudas

10

20

30 km

COUNCIL OF OULU REGION 2013

Kinnula


ACCESSIBILITY ROAD NETWORK The Ylivieska economic region is a node for road and rail traffic. There are several alternative routes from Ylivieska to Hanhikivi. The 81 kilometre route using highways 27 and 8 is available for special transport. The travel time is about 65 minutes. The journey from Oulainen to Hanhikivi (roads 787 and 7890) is 52 kilometres long and takes about 45 minutes. The distance from Ylivieska to Oulu is 128 kilometres by highway 86, to Kalajoki 40 kilometres on highway 27, and to Kokkola 80 kilometres. RAIL TRAFFIC In addition to south-north connections, there is an eastbound rail connection to the Vartius border crossing station. There is also a track from Riihim채ki towards south-east Finland and Saint Petersburg. The efficiency of rail traffic will increase once the refurbishment of the main railway is finished in 2017. The estimated travel time from Ylivieska to Helsinki will be about four hours. Oulainen is the closest railway station to Hanhikivi.

Goods traffic www.vrtranspoint.fi/en/

AIRPORTS The nearest airports are located in Oulu and Kokkola. It is 90 minutes by car to both airports.

Kokkola-Pietarsaari Airport www.finavia.fi/en/kokkola-pietarsaari Oulu Airport www.finavia.fi/en/oulu

ROAD TRANSPORT AND OTHER LOGISTICS SERVICES The area has a comprehensive road network. Main road 86 is a north-south route, separating from highway 8 in Liminka and continuing to Ylivieska. The

Long-distance timetables www.vr.fi/cs/vr/en/long-distance_timetables Rail traffic between Finland and Russia www.vr.fi/cs/vr/en/tickets_to_russia

For goods traffic, VR provides bulk cargo transport and storage services for Finnish and international industry and trade.

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west-east route from Kalajoki to Iisalmi is highway 27, which meets highway E75 in Pyh채j채rvi. Highway 28 from Kokkola to Kajaani also goes through Ylivieska. Bus timetables and connections are available on the Matkahuolto web pages. The economic region has 155 cargo and logistics companies. The Association of the Subregion and local business service centres provide information on local logistics companies. Their contact information is on page 56.

Matkahuolto, bus timetables www.matkahuolto.fi/en/timetables-and-prices/bustimetables Matkahuolto, transport and freight services www.matkahuolto.fi/en/business/transport-andfreight-services Association of the Ylivieska Subregion www.ysk.fi/en Ylivieskan teknologiakyl채 YTEK Oy www.ytek.fi Oulainen business service centre www.oulainen.fi/economy_and_business Alavieska business services www.alavieska.fi/frontpage Sievin Teollisuuspuisto Oy www.sievi.fi/yrittaminen/sievin-teollisuuspuisto-oy Company directories www.lisaakauppaa.fi/en, www.partnerbook.fi


YLIVIESKA ECONOMIC REGION

ECONOMIC STRUCTURE The Ylivieska economic region is a locally significant centre of trade and services. It serves around 80,000 inhabitants. In the town of Ylivieska, around 75 per cent of the workforce are employed in the retail or the service sector. The total floor area of shops in Ylivieska is about 160,000 m2. In addition to several department stores, Ylivieska provides plenty of specialist stores, such as car retailers. Sievi is among the most industrialised municipalities in the region. First and foremost, Sievi is known for its footwear as well as high-quality electronics and mechanic industry products. The municipality of Sievi provides versatile alternatives for plots at the Hannunkangas industrial area to serve the needs of Number of enterprises, turnover and personnel in the Ylivieska region in 2014. 2,703 1,289,414 7,401

Number of enterprises Turnover total (€1,000 ) Personnel

the industry sector. The area is located within good transport connections, at the junction of highway 28 and the main road 63. The Ylivieska economic region also has a versatile engineering workshop industry and steel element producing plants. The total number of enterprises is around 2,700. The area has several construction companies, and engineering and architecture companies legal and accounting services as well as programming companies to serve the needs of businesses. BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND SUPPORT SERVICES The Association of the Ylivieska Subregion acts as a regional development organisation in the economic region of Ylivieska. The association and municipal business service organizations provide information on the region’s services, companies, and available premises. The total area of industrial premises for rent or sale in the Ylivieska economic region is 30,000 m2. For example, in Oulainen, on highway 86 and the railway, there are 12 locations that have a total of 19,000 m2 industrial space available.

Statistics Finland , Register of Enterprises and Establishments 2016 TOL 2008

Number of jobs in the Ylivieska economic region by sector in 2014 867 Agriculture, forestry and fishing industry 2,250 Industry and mining 939 Electricity, water and construction 7,338 Public and private service sector 194 Other sectors 11,588 Jobs, total

Association of the Ylivieska Subregion www.ysk.fi/en Oulainen business service centre www.oulainen.fi/economy_and_business Ylivieskan teknologiakylä YTEK Oy www.ytek.fi Alavieska business services www.alavieska.fi/frontpage Sievin Teollisuuspuisto Oy www.sievi.fi/yrittaminen/sievin-teollisuuspuisto-oy

Statistics Finland 2016

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HOUSING The Ylivieska economic region has around 1,500 municipal rented residences. Most of these are located in terraced houses. The housing available for rent can be found on the municipalities' web sites. There are about 200 beds available in hotels or equivalent accommodation. There are also plenty of other types of accommodation available. In addition to its developing centre, Sievi has a strong and viable village network, including schools, which enables a safe living environment for families with children, for instance. Ylivieska www.ylivieskanvuokraasunnot.fi/forms-in-english/ Oulainen www.oulainen.fi/rental_homes Alavieska www.alavieska.fi/vuokra-asunnot Sievi www.sievi.fi/asuminen/asunnot


EDUCATION The Ylivieska economic region has 11 day-care centres. There are 23 comprehensive schools and five upper secondary and vocational schools. A health care education unit at Oulu University of Applied Sciences and Oulainen Vocational College are located in Oulainen. The Centria University of Applied Sciences in Ylivieska has about 3,000 students in five programmes: technology, business, social work and health care, the humanities and education and culture.

In addition, you can study in English on the Industrial Management study programme in Ylivieska. The Jokilaaksot Joint Municipal Authority for Education JEDU provides vocational education and training in Ylivieska. The Summer University of Northern Ostrobothnia also offers university courses and vocational further education in Ylivieska. Raudaskylä Christian College offers various education and vocational programmes on different levels.

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LEISURE The economic region provides leisure activities related to both sports and music. The area has many exercise areas, swimming halls, ice rinks and riding centres. All municipalities have musical activities on offer. Walking in nature, jogging, hunting and skiing are the main hobbies in the area. In the Ylivieska region, you can also take courses in the community colleges and music colleges. The local centre for arts and entertainment events is the Ylivieskatalo Akustiikka. Summer events include theatres, the Sun Pampas festival, and the popular Kauppojen yö event in Ylivieska. The Huhmarkallio area has skiing tracks, hiking trails, a climbing wall and a carting track in the summer. Part of the Finland Festivals music event, the Oulaisten Musiikkiviikot event is a varied series of concerts that charm thousands of listeners each year in October and November. Oulainen also hosts the annual national event of vintage machines, Weteraanikonepäivät.


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Sievi municipality provides versatile options for recreational activities. Sievi has the Jussinmäki sports and outdoor centre with 18-basket frisbeegolf track, the Louekalllio ski centre and Maasydänjärvi tourist area with its famous Urjanlinna dance pavilion. The Muttimarkkinat food festival, organised on the third weekend of July, is the highlight of the events in the municipality. Plenty of other events also take place in the region, including the Korhosen markkinat fair and the Sievi Weeks. You can also watch the home games of Sievi FS Futsal, a futsal team playing in the Finnish Championship Series.

In Alavieska town centre, on the banks of the Kalajoki, is the Anttilanranta recreational area for camping and fishing. In Pappilanniemi, you can hike alongside the river on the Filippuksen polku trail. There is also a frisbeegolf track in the town centre area. Petäjälampi area in Someronkylä has camping facilities and a connecting trail to the Lumikuru outdoor sports centre.

Additional information on recreational services can be found at the municipalities' websites.

Infopankki.fi – Basic information for immigrants on the Ylivieska region and services in the area www.infopankki.fi/en/ylivieska-region

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KOKKOLA–PIETARSAARI ECONOMIC REGION

KOKKOLA–PIETARSAARI ECONOMIC REGION Over 65 years

MUNICIPALITIES AND POPULATION OF THE ECONOMIC REGION Municipality

0–14 years

21%

19%

Population* Web pages

Kokkola 47,570 www.kokkola.fi/ etusivu/en_GB/ Kaustinen 4,305 www.kaustinen.fi Kannus 5,590 www.kannus.fi Pietarsaari 19,436 www.pietarsaari.fi Toholampi 3,311 www.toholampi.fi Lestijärvi 798 www.lestijarvi.fi Halsua 1,225 www.halsua.fi Veteli 3,302 www.veteli.fi Perho 2,931 www.perho.com Kruunupyy 6,682 www.kronoby.fi Luoto 5,147 www.larsmo.fi/frontpage Pedersöre 11,129 www.pedersore.fi Uusikaarlepyy 7,564 www.uusikaarlepyy.fi total 118,990

15–64 years

60% Population age structure of the Kokkola–Pietarsaari economic region Statistics Finland 2016

Higher education

24% * 31 December 2015

The Kokkola–Pietarsaari economic region (the subregions of Kokkola, Kaustinen and Pietarsaari) has around120,000 inhabitants. The region is characterised by a varied industry base and a strong entrepreneurial spirit. The tradition of export is strong: The area is the biggest exporter in Finland by population (export €/ inhabitant). The distance from Kokkola to Hanhikivi along highway 8 is 108 kilometres and it takes 85 minutes. The share of the Swedish-speaking population in this multicultural area is 31 per cent. Around 4,643 inhabitants have an immigrant background; the largest individual group is Russians. Working-age people make up about 60 per cent of the whole population. The population’s standard of education is high: Of the working-age population, 42% have completed upper secondary education. Around 24% of them have a higher education qualification.

Basic level

34%

Upper secondary level

42% Standard of education of people aged 15 or over in the Kokkola-Pietarsaari economic region in 2015 Statistics Finland 2016

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Municipalities of the Kokkola–Pietarsaari economic region

Kalajoki

Hanhikivi

Merijärvi

Oulainen

Alavieska

E8

Ylivieska 27

8

Kannus

Niva

28

Kokkola

Luoto

Uusikaarlepyy

Sievi Toholampi

Kruunupyy

Pietarsaari

Lestijärvi Halsua

Veteli

Evijärvi

Kinnula Vörå

Kauhava

Lappajärvi

Perho Vimpeli Kivijä

Isokyrö

Kyyjärvi Seinäjoki Map 1:1 million © NLS 2013

Lapua

Alajärvi

ROAD NETWORK Kokkola has an excellent location by the sea and is at a node point of main roads and the railway. The distance to Oulu by highway 8 is 198 kilometres, and to Turku 436 kilometres. Highway 28 takes you to Kajaani, 247 kilometres away. Highway 13 leads to Jyväskylä and Lappeenranta.

Reisjä

Kaustinen

Pedersöre

ACCESSIBILITY

0

10

20

30 km

COUNCIL OF OULU REGION 2013

Soini

Karstula

PORTS The Port of Kokkola is the fourth largest general port in Finland, and the third largest in bulk materials when measured in exported tons. The port is open year-round and is the only port in the Kvarken and the Bay of Bothnia that has deep quays and deep access channels. The port has a direct rail connection to the main railway and then further to Russia; several container and ore trains embark to and from Russia daily. Direct road connections from the port to main road 8 were upgraded in the 2000s. The Deep Port is suitable for vessels up to Panamax 80,000 DWT class. Mainly containers, breakbulk cargo, and light bulk are handled at the port. The All Weather Terminal (AWT), the largest of its kind in Europe, is located in the General Port. The port also has the infrastructure required in handling liquids such as industrial chemicals and petroleum products. The Port of Kokkola (the Deep Port, the General Port and the Silverstone Port) has regular transport connections to e.g. North Africa and regular transhipment container traffic connections to Europe incl. Antwerp. Kokkola Industrial Park (KIP) is located alongside

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the port sectors and hosts e.g. the largest inorganic chemistry cluster in Northern Europe. At the Port of Pietarsaari, efficient handling of cargo is key. Pier capacity, a deeper route and new port areas are significant in cost-efficient cargo handling and developing the logistics of the area. The main products passing through the port are cellulose, timber and paper. The main imports are pulpwood, wood chips, timber, oil, mineral products and chemicals. The port also handles heavy lift and project loads. In 2015, a new 11-metre deep route and over 8 hectares of new port areas were completed at the port. There is a rail connection to the port from the main railway. The Port of Pietarsaari serves customers 24 hours a day, all year round.

Port of Kokkola www.portofkokkola.fi/?lang=en Kokkola Industrial Park www.kip.fi Port of Pietarsaari www.portofpietarsaari.fi/?lang=en


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RAIL TRAFFIC Kokkola railway station is located in the town, close to highway 8. There are approximately 15 daily passenger trains to the north and south. The Pendolino train from Helsinki to Kokkola takes a little under four hours. The bus station is located by the railway station.

Long-distance timetables www.vr.fi/cs/vr/en/long-distance_timetables Rail traffic between Finland and Russia www.vr.fi/cs/vr/en/tickets_to_russia

For goods traffic, VR provides bulk cargo transport and storage services for Finnish and international industry and trade.

Goods traffic www.vrtranspoint.fi/en/

AIRPORTS Kokkola-Pietarsaari International Airport is located 19 kilometres away from Kokkola. There are on average four daily departures to Helsinki and daily flights to Stockholm. There are also charter flights to holiday resorts. The airport also handles cargo. Travel time from the airport to Hanhikivi is about 100 minutes.

ECONOMIC STRUCTURE Kokkola-Pietarsaari Airport www.finavia.fi/en/kokkola-pietarsaari

ROAD TRANSPORT AND OTHER LOGISTICS SERVICES The region has around 300 logistics companies and cargo and courier services. Many of the logistics companies operate Europe-wide and are among the largest in the field in Finland. Bus timetables and connections are available on the Matkahuolto web pages. Local development companies Kokkolanseudun Kehitys Ltd KOSEK and Concordia can provide you with more information on logistics companies.

Matkahuolto, bus timetables www.matkahuolto.fi/en/timetables-and-prices/ bus-timetables Matkahuolto, transport and freight services www.matkahuolto.fi/en/business/transport-andfreight-services Kokkolanseudun Kehitys Ltd KOSEK www.kosek.fi Jakobstad Region Development Company Concordia www.concordia.jakobstad.fi/frontpage Company directories www.lisaakauppaa.fi/en, www.partnerbook.fi

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The Kokkola–Pietarsaari economic region is characterised by diverse industry. The area includes the largest centre for inorganic chemistry in Northern Europe, a mining industry cluster and the largest biofuel power plant in the world. Large companies operate in the fields of chemical and paper industry, metals and engineering. The region also has the largest locus of the boat and fur industries in Finland, plenty of mechanical woodworking, several house-building factories, a strong food industry, several logistics operators and software companies. Exportation is a significant share of all trade. The share of services is emphasised in Kokkola, which is a centre for trade, education and public sector services, surrounded by agricultural land. There are around 850 industrial companies in the region. Around 500 companies operate in business support services and of these, 100 are engineering and architectural companies. The metal and engineering workshop industry has the biggest number of companies. By turnover, the chemical industry is the largest industrial field. BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND SUPPORT SERVICES In the Kokkola region, KOSEK and other municipal operators from Central Ostrobothnia are responsible for business support services. In the Pietarsaari area, business services are covered by the Jakobstad Region Development Company Concordia. Development companies and business operators help entrepreneurs to find information on premises, industrial plots, and contact information for the


Number of jobs in the Kokkola–Pietarsaari economic region by sector in 2014 Agriculture, forestry and fishing industry 4,123 10,347 Industry and mining 3,674 Electricity, water and construction 30,807 Public and private service sector 625 Other sectors 49,576 Jobs, total Statistics Finland 2016

Number of enterprises, turnover and personnel in the Kokkola–Pietarsaari economic region in 2014 Number of enterprises Personnel Turnover total (€1,000 )

11,189 30,445 6,968,672

Statistic Finland 2016, Register of Enterprises and Establishments

authorities and companies. They also help businesses to gain access to international business networks and projects aiming to develop the company operations. There are also plenty of premises and ready industrial plots available in the region. KOSEK and Concordia help all companies that wish to relocate to the economic region. In region-wide cooperation, we can promote companies' opportunities for growth, reach out to new markets and participate in large-scale projects such as the Hanhikivi project. Excellent cooperation between KIP, the towns, KOSEK and Concordia brings significant production capacity investments to the region each year. For example, the investments made in 2012 amounted to around 200 million euros.

Local business service centres will provide you with additional information on the matter. Contact information on page 57.

Kokkolanseudun Kehitys Ltd KOSEK www.kosek.fi Kaustisen seutukunta Kase www.kase.fi Jakobstad Region Development Company Concordia www.concordia.jakobstad.fi/frontpage

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HOUSING The Kokkola–Pietarsaari economic region has nearly 5,400 municipal rentals. They can be rented through the municipalities. There are around 500 beds available in hotels and motels. Both Kokkola and Pietarsaari have high quality hotels. There are over a hundred restaurants and cafés in the region. Kokkola www.kokkola.fi/palvelut/asuminen_ja_rakentaminen/ en_GB/asuminen_ja_rakentaminen/ Pietarsaari www.jakobstad.fi/asuminen-ja-ymparisto


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EDUCATION The Kokkola–Pietarsaari region has a total of around one hundred day-care centres and pre-primary schools. There are also around one hundred comprehensive schools, some of them Swedish-speaking. International education is available as early as at comprehensive school level. There are both Finnish and Swedish language upper secondary schools. School-specific study programmes emphasise different subjects as well as entrepreneurship and internationality. Adult upper secondary schools deliver general education and vocational training in combined courses and also provide distance learning opportunities at the upper secondary level. Vocational studies are organised by Yrkeskolan Optima, Yrkesakademin i Österbotten and the Central Ostrobothnia Joint Municipal Authority for Education. They all emphasise the main industries of the region. Higher education is provided by two educational organisations. Centria University of Applied Sciences

provides education in Kokkola, Pietarsaari and Ylivieska in Finnish, Swedish and English. Centria awards both polytechnic degrees and master’s degrees in technology and business and in social work and health care. The Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius provides education towards master’s degrees and doctoral degrees, conducts scientific research and organises versatile adult university education in applied chemistry, information technology, economics and health care, for example. These organisations participate in several international cooperation networks and projects. In addition to companies, the field of education cooperates strongly to develop the region. For example, on just one street in Kokkola, you can study process and chemical industry from secondary level to master’s degree and all the way to a doctoral degree. Research and product development laboratories in different institutions support each other and the business development in the region through science and technology development.

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LEISURE Kokkola is an attractive seaside town. Neristan, the old wooden-house quarter, offers cultural events and beautiful cafés, restaurants and shops. Pietarsaari is an old seaside town with historic parks and gardens. The town also offers a range of cafés, boutiques and cultural events. There are plenty of places to visit in the area. In 2013, the Seven Bridges Archipelago won the Finnish tourism award as the most interesting Finnish destination. The lighthouse island of Tankar in the outer archipelago is well worth a visit. M/S Jenny takes tourists to Tankar and between Kokkola and Pietarsaari. Tourists in the area can enjoy several hiking and canoeing routes and fishing opportunities. These include the Lestijoki and Perhojoki riverside facilities. Salamajärvi National Park in Perho has wilderness-like landscapes with wild forest reindeer. CULTURAL SERVICES The area’s cultural life is varied. Services include Kokkola City Theatre, the Central Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, the Central Ostrobothnian Conservatory of Music, other partly amateur orchestras and several amateur and summer theatres. There are numerous museums, galleries and exhibitions in the area. The region provides great opportunities and long traditions of studying and engaging in both music and visual arts. Several music events take place annually, such as the Kaustinen Folk Music Festival, Kokkola’s Venetian Night, Pietarsaari’s Jacob’s Days, Lohtaja’s Church Music Days, Kokkola’s Winter Accordion, and Kokkola’s Opera Winter.


The region’s cultural events are characterised by the different traditions and events of the bilingual population. EXERCISE OPPORTUNITIES The sea and nature are essential to the leisure activities in the region. Sailing and boating are popular hobbies. The area has a variety of exercise facilities, outdoor playing fields, indoor sports halls, swimming and recreation spots, and golf courses. Vesiveijari in Kokkola and Kitinvapari in Kannus offer swimming and spa services. There are also beaches in Kokkola and Lohtaja, for example.

Infopankki.fi – Basic information for immigrants on the Kokkola–Pietarsaari region and services in the area www.infopankki.fi/en/kokkola

SPORTS ACTIVITIES Sport is highly valued in the region and local teams compete successfully, also at the national level, for example in football and volleyball. Other popular sports include Finnish baseball (pesäpallo), ice hockey, floor ball, swimming, and motor sports. Local sports clubs organise activities for children, such as the second largest junior football event in Finland, the Kokkola Cup, which brings together teams from up to 15 countries.

Kokkola www.kokkola.fi/visitkokkola/en_GB/ www.kokkola.fi/etusivu/en_GB Pietarsaari www.pietarsaari.fi www.pietarsaarenseutu.fi/en/

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CONTACT INFORMATION

Digital publication of the Hanhikivi Guide www.rsyp.fi/ major_projects

RAAHE–KALAJOKI ECONOMIC REGION PYHÄJOKI MUNICIPALITY www.pyhajoki.fi/puhelinluettelo RAAHE DISTRICT BUSINESS SERVICES www.rsyp.fi/frontpage TOWN OF RAAHE www.raahe.fi/contact KALAJOKI BUSINESS SERVICE CENTRE www.kalajoki.fi/en/jobs-and-enterprise/business-services/ CITY OF KALAJOKI www.kalajoki.fi/en/contacts/

OULU ECONOMIC REGION BUSINESSOULU www.businessoulu.com/en/frontpage/en/ businessoulu-2/contact-information.html CITY OF OULU www.ouka.fi/oulu/english/contact-information ENTERPRISE SERVICES OF KEMPELE MUNICIPALITY www.kempele.fi/investin

YLIVIESKA ECONOMIC REGION YLIVIESKA SUBREGION www.ysk.fi/en TEKNOLOGIAKYLÄ YTEK OY www.ytek.fi/yhteystiedot ALAVIESKA MUNICIPALITY www.alavieska.fi/contact SIEVIN TEOLLISUUSPUISTO OY www.sievi.fi/yrittaminen/sievin-teollisuuspuisto-oy

ENTERPRISE SERVICES OF LIMINKA MUNICIPALITY www.emapitaja.fi

SIIKAJOKI MUNICIPALITY www.siikajoki.fi/yhteystiedot MERIJÄRVI MUNICIPALITY www.merijarvi.fi

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OULAINEN BUSINESS SERVICE CENTRE www.oulainen.fi/economy_and_business


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HANHIKIVI 1 PROJECT

KOKKOLANSEUDUN KEHITYS LTD KOSEK www.kosek.fi

FENNOVOIMA OY www.fennovoima.fi/en

CITY OF KOKKOLA www.kokkola.fi/etusivu/en_GB/

RAOS PROJECT OY www.raosproject.fi/en

JAKOBSTAD REGION DEVELOPMENT COMPANY CONCORDIA

TITAN-2 www.titan2.ru/en

www.concordia.jakobstad.fi/frontpage KAUSTISEN SEUTUKUNTA KASE www.kase.fi CITY OF KANNUS www.kannus.fi

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