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1 Finland s Strategy for the Arctic Region Prime Minister s Office Publications 8/2010

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5 Publisher PRIME MINISTER S OFFICE Type of publication Publication Name of publication Finland s Strategy for the Arctic Region DESCRIPTION 5 July 2010 Commissioned by Prime Ministers s Office Abstract Finland s Strategy for the Arctic Region defines the goals of Finland s Arctic policy and means for their promotion. It discusses the region s security, environment, economy, infrastructure, indigenous peoples, international institutions and the European Union s Arctic policy. The fundamental observations of the Strategy deal with the utilisation of Finland s Arctic know-how, research, strengthening of the Arctic Council and development of the EU s Arctic policy. The Strategy was prepared by a working group appointed by the Prime Minister s Office, for which all ministries were able to name their representatives. The Strategy emphasises external relations and was submitted to the Finnish Parliament as a report. The Advisory Board on Arctic Affairs, appointed by the Government, will play a central role in future work on the report. Keywords Report, Arctic Region, Finland s Strategy for the Arctic Region Name of series and number of publication Prime Minister s Office Publications 8/2010 ISBN (print) Publisher Prime Minister s Office Publication as a PDF: Further information: Layout Prime Minister s Office Anja Järvinen ISBN (PDF) Language En Confidentiality rating Public Number of pages 94 ISSN Distribution and sales Helsinki University Print Bookstore Orders: Printed by Helsinki University Print, Helsinki, 2010

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7 CONTENTS 1 INTRODUCTION The Arctic Region and Finland Global significance of the Arctic FRAGILE ARCTIC NATURE Climate change Pollution of the environment Biodiversity ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES AND KNOW-HOW Natural resources Know-how and research TRANSPORT AND INFRASTRUCTURE Transport, communications and logistics networks in Northern Finland Increasing traffic volumes in northern sea routes Safety of shipping INDIGENOUS PEOPLES General about indigenous peoples The Sámi in Finland ARCTIC POLICY TOOLS Global level Regional level Bilateral cooperation Funding THE EU AND THE ARCTIC REGION The EU as a global Arctic player The importance of the Barents Region to the EU The Northern Dimension as a tool in the European Union s Arctic policy CONCLUSIONS: OBJECTIVES AND PROPOSALS FOR ACTION APPENDICES

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10 1.1 The Arctic Region and Finland 8

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15 2 FRAGILE ARCTIC NATURE 13

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26 4 TRANSPORT AND INFRASTRUCTURE 4.1 Transport, communications and logistics networks in Northern Finland 24

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32 5 INDIGENOUS PEOPLES 5.1 General about indigenous peoples 30

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36 6 ARCTIC POLICY TOOLS 34

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46 7 THE EU AND THE ARCTIC REGION 44

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