North Karelia

North Karelia, with a population of 163.000 inhabitants, is the easternmost region of continental Europe, sharing a 300km border with Russia. The strongest industrial sectors are construction, metal industries and the wood, paper and printing industry. More than two-thirds of the sparsely populated land area is forest, so it is no wonder that biomass from forests represents almost all available biomass for North Karelian entrepreneurs. The forest bioeconomy is a vital part of the North Karelian Smart Specialisation Strategy and is characterised by a strongly collaborative environment.

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