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. Coastline is published also in this digital format. You can browse the articles by topics or by region in the menu.


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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Juha Häkkinen EXECUTIVE EDITOR Anna Jeanne Söderlund EDITORIAL BOARD Juha Häkkinen, Paula Erkkilä, Mia Brännbacka, Anna Jeanne Söderlund, Lars Rosenblad, Susanna Palmroth EDITORS Aino Hyyryläinen, Susanna Palmroth, Catrin Sandvik, Viivi Suomalainen ART DIRECTOR Tuula Koto LAYOUT Morgan Digital

IF YOU ARE looking for a business location in the European Union, why not consider the most entrepreneurial and export-oriented region in the most competitive country in Europe? Since Finland joined the EU in 1994, the Ostrobothnia region on the west coast of Finland has received many foreign investments in the form of multibillion Euro acquisitions. The vast majority of these investments have been successful both for the investors and for our region. The new owners have continued to invest in the companies, thereby creating wealth, jobs and tax revenues for the local communities. This has led to a favourable general opinion towards foreign investment from the local authorities, media and trade unions. Some of these success stories are presented here.

IN FINLAND, the business environment is stable and predictable. Finland is the only Nordic country with the Euro and has a low corporate tax rate of 20 percent. As a result, many foreign companies have established long-term operations in Finland and enjoy high returns on their investments. With access to a pool of well-educated high-tech talent, Finland is an R&D hotspot and a testing ground for companies looking for business transformation.

FINLAND HAS repeatedly been ranked as one of the world’s best countries, both regarding living standards and business climate. The region of Ostrobothnia is the very heart of Export-Finland, where 75 percent of the industrial production is exported. We are a genuinely multilingual region, open to the outside world. Our long tradition of foreign trade has made exporting more or less our lifestyle. This special business environment, in conjunction with our long-lasting positive experience of foreign investment, makes Ostrobothnia a unique region for enterprise establishments.

Juha Häkkinen


Business supporting organisations

Anne Pesola, Managing Director


KOSEK (Kokkolanseudun Kehitys Ltd) off ers high-quality, free of charge business services for companies in the Kokkola region. Kokkola offers companies an international operating environment with excellent logistic connections. Here things get done fast, flexibly, and with focus on the customer. Our strategic top industries are chemical, cleantech, bioeconomy, boats, and services. Don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.
www.kosek.fi www.facebook.com/KokkolanseudunKehitys
Tel. +358 6 824 3400







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





Paula Erkkilä, Director



Stefan Råback, 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





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 companies in the Jakobstad region. Together with its fi ve 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






Jukka Ylikarjula, Executive Director


The Regional Council of Central Ostrobothnia is a joint municipal authority formed by eleven 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






Kaj Suomela, Executive Director


The Regional Council of Ostrobothnia is a joint municipal authority formed by fi ft een 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