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Gateway to Land of National Parks

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The principal actor of The Gateway to the Land of National Parks Project is Naturpolis Ltd, and the subordinate actors are Ruka-Kuusamo Tourist Association, Metsähallitus, University of Oulu, Kajaani University of Applied Sciences, Syötteen matkailuyhdistys Tourist Association, the Municipality of Suomussalmi, the Municipality of Salla, and the Municipality of Posio. Thereby, the project will bring all the tourist regions served by the Kuusamo Airport together to collaborate on increasing the number of passengers and flights as well as to implement the joint marketing of a wider area. Co-operation of tourist regions will make it possible for a large area to be distinguished from other tourist regions especially by foregrounding the national parks of the area. The project execution period is from 1 May 2019 to 31 December 2021.

The bases and operations of the tourist regions of the project area are very diverse, which is regarded as an asset the project wants to support. The aim is to develop the regions based on their individual starting points and support the growth of each region so that the tourism area reached via Kuusamo Airport can be seen as an entire diverse destination offering international travellers different but still environment-friendly, quality alternatives for holidaymaking. From the point of view of airport improvement, the main focus of the joint measures of the project will be on the development of year-round tourism, as it is the cure for improving employment and reducing labour shortage in tourism. Tourism-area-specific variation within various development targets will be reflected in subordinate-actorspecific work packages, which will support the development of the entire area into a stronger and more attractive entity. Particular attention will be paid to the fact that the area as a whole will develop so that it will be known not only for its national parks, but also for its quality services and sustainable business practices. With the help of digital service paths and the improvement of the findability and online purchasability of tourism services, the area will also be more easily accessible to independent travellers. There is a special focus on the improvement of sustainable tourism in all the project measures.

The project period is 1 May 2019 – 31 December 2021, and the total budget is EUR 3 635 773 €. The contribution of the state and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) granted by the Council of Oulu Region is 70%, the share of the municipalities in the region is 14%, other public funding is 6% and corporate funding is 10%. 




Tessa Suopanki (on parental leave)


Anna-Riitta Sulander

Ordinary Man in a Great War

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 "Ordinary Man in a Great War" is a Finnish-Russian cooperative project that brings our shared military history to the modern day by focusing on captivating storytelling and improved infrastructure. The project will create a circular cross-borders sightseeing route that provides easy access and compelling experiences, while also providing regional companies with a ready-made toolkit to use the route as a part of their customer experience. The aim is to promote regional tourism while also preserving an important part of our shared history.
The Finnish side, led by Naturpolis Oy in cooperation with the Russian project lead, is comprised of Euroregion Ry, and the municipalities of Kuusamo, Taivalkoski, Suomussalmi and Kuhmo. These areas will be represented in the final route, and municipal authorities as well as businesses will serve as partners during the project to ensure a final product that is beneficial to all parties. The project lead is Karelian Research Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and local municipalities in the Republic of Karelia will serve as partners in the project on the Russian side.
Funding for the project comes from Karelia CBC, a cross-border cooperation jointly funded by the Russian Federation, Finland, and the European Union. In addition, 10% of the total budget of approximately 630k€ consist of investment from acting parties and municipalities.



Mika Viitanen

Contact person responsible for project activities


Kirsi Kuosku