Welcome to the Northern Sparsely Populated Areas
The regions of northern Finland, Norway and Sweden have many common circumstances such as sparse population, harsh climate and long distances. This part of Europe is also specifically affected by globalisation, energy-supply, climate change and demographic change. The region has a population density of only 4.9 inhabitants per km2, something that cannot be found in any other part of the European Union.
The NSPA network represents close collaboration between the four northernmost counties of Sweden (Norrbotten, Västerbotten, Jämtland Härjedalen, Västernorrland), the seven northernmost and eastern regions of Finland (Lapland, Northern Ostrobothnia, Central Ostrobothnia, Kainuu, North Karelia, Pohjois-Savo and South Savo) and North Norway (Finnmark Troms region and Nordland).
These 13 regions from three countries share common circumstances and objectives and are working together to raise awareness of the NSPA in the EU institutions, to influence EU policy and to provide a platform for best practise.
On December 18, Northern Sparsely Populated Areas (NSPA) adopted a position on the proposed EU classification system for green investments (taxonomy). The position focuses on the proposed delegated regulation on a climate change mitigation and adoption taxonomy, presented by the European Commission in November 2020.
15 Dec 2020 Arctic Futures Symposium 2020
This year, the Arctic Futures Symposium was organized for the eleventh year in a row by the International Polar Foundation and its partners. The conference was held online and lasted for three days. Thomas Norvoll, next Chairman of NSPA between 2021-2023 and Chair of the Board at North Norway European Office, participated as speaker on the third day.
02 Dec 2020 NSPA adopts positions on the final negotiations of Cohesion Policy 2021-2027 and EU’s initiative for a long-term vision for rural areas
On December 2, Northern Sparsely Populated Areas (NSPA) met for the last steering committee meeting of the year. The network adopted a position on the final negotiations of Cohesion Policy 2021-2027 and one on the EU initiative for a long-term vision for rural areas. The meeting was also the last for Nils-Olof Lindfors as a chairman before the presidency goes over to North Norway in 2021. North Sweden’s interns got to change a few words about his two past years as the chairman of the NSPA