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.
The NSPA Network consists of the Steering Committe and the Coordination Group.
The Steering Committee consists of the political chairs of the regions in the network.
The Coordination Group consists of the three European Offices, who are based in Brussels: North Norway European Office, North Sweden European Office, And east and North Finland EU Office.
For 2020-2022, the network is chaired by North Norway. Tomas Norvol, Chair of Nordland County Council, is the chair, while the North Norway European Office is responsible for the Coordination Group.