About Coastline

Coastline is published by Ostrobothnia Chamber of Commerce and it tells the story of how Ostrobothnia became one of the engines of Finland’s export. Coastline is aimed at everyone who is interested in business, industry and technology. For the first time in Coastline’s history the magazine is published also in this digital format. You can browse the articles by topics or by region in the menu.


The Coastline magazine and this website is produced by Communications and Digital Agency Morgan Digital.

Editor-In-Chief: Juha Häkkinen Executive Editor: Anna Jeanne Söderlund Editorial Board: Juha Häkkinen, Mia Brännbacka, Anna Jeanne Söderlund, Lars Rosenblad, Anni Kiviniemi Editors: Anni Kiviniemi, Catrin Sandvik, Katariina Paajaste, Anne Niskakangas Art Director: Janne Nylund Translations: Taina Pemberton, Jockum Nyberg, Camilla Harald, Steve Crockatt, Päivi Auranen, Charlotta Buxton

Welcome to Export Finland

Juha Häkkinen, CEO, Ostrobothnia Chamber of Commerce

250 years ago an important event occurred, which would have far-reaching consequences for our region, Ostrobothnia. Back then, a young radical parliamentarian called Anders Chydenius made sure that a new law was passed in the kingdom of Sweden, thus abolishing the export restrictions for cities along the Finnish west coast.This new law was revolutionary not only for Ostrobothnia, but from an international perspective too. Until the late 1700s, free trade had not been a given right; in fact, a wide variety of restrictions were enforced to prevent cities and countries from trading with each other. As Anders Chydenius lived in Ostrobothnia, it is with a certain pride I point out that the concept of free trade was most probably born here as a result of the passing of that law. You can read more about Chydenius’ fascinating story here.The Chydenius legacy still lives on to this day; our region, after all, has the highest export figures in Finland. Ostrobothnian companies export more than 70 per cent of their production, while the national average is 50 per cent. The background to this phenomenon is highlighted in this article. In Coastline you can also find presentations of all the key export companies of the region.

Statistics clearly show that our region still remains at the heart of Export Finland today. Here at the Ostrobothnia Chamber of Commerce, we are proud to be a part of this heritage. And just like Chydenius, we are convinced that free trade is the key to prosperity and well-being both for countries and individuals.

Please enjoy Coastline!

Juha Häkkinen

Business supporting organisations


Pekka Haapanen VASEK
Pekka Haapanen, Managing Director

The Vaasa Region Development Company VASEK is owned by the municipalities in the Vaasa region. Whether you need help with starting a business in the region, are looking for a business partner or need advice on how to expand your existing business, VASEK provides the information and tools you need. For foreign companies, VASEK functions as the gateway to the region, connecting them with local networks.

Tel. +358 6 317 7600
Pekka Haapanen, Managing Director


Juha Häkkinen
Juha Häkkinen, CEO

With over one thousand members Ostrobothnia Chamber of Commerce includes all leading companies in the region. Its members employ about 70% of the workforce in the region. The mission of the Chamber of Commerce is to promote industry and commerce as well as to create networks.

Tel. +358 6 318 6400
Juha Häkkinen, CEO


Anne Pesola
Anne Pesola, Managing Director

KOSEK (Kokkolanseudun Kehitys Ltd) offers high-quality, free business services for companies in the Kokkola region. We offer a competitive business environment for SMEs to grow and for establishing new businesses. We market our region and offer tourism services.

Tel. +358 6 824 3400
Anne Pesola, Managing Director


Jarl Sundqvist, CEO
Network building, business development and facilitating. These are just a few of the free-of-charge services the development company Concordia provides for companies in the Jakobstad region. Together with our five owner-municipalities Concordia strives for flexible regional infrastructure, extensive connections and dynamic local services that are success factors also for the companies located or doing business in the Jakobstad region.
Tel. +358 10 239 7550
Jarl Sundqvist, CEO


Jukka Ylikarjula, Executive Director
Jukka Ylikarjula, Executive Director
The Regional Council of Central Ostrobothnia is a joint municipal authority formed by thirteen member municipalities. The main responsibility areas are regional development and regulation of area usage. Promoting regional interests e.g. in welfare and culture is another important dimension. The Regional Council is also responsible for a wide range of international issues.
Tel. +358 40 160 5700
Jukka Ylikarjula, Executive Director, Regional Mayor


Olav Jern, Executive Director
Olav Jern, Executive Director
The Regional Council of Ostrobothnia is a joint municipal authority formed by fifteen municipalities. It has mainly two functions: regional development and spatial planning, which both form the basis for supporting regional interests. The Regional Council is also responsible for a wide range of EU affairs, international issues and contacts.
Tel. +358 6 320 6500
Olav Jern, Executive Director