The Scandinavian Arctic can rise to become the most innovative, industrious and environmentally friendly growth region in Europe, a new report made by experts from Norway, Finland and Sweden reads. “There are a lot of common features that makes it easy for us to cooperate,” Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg said when she was presented the report at the Arctic Frontiers conference in Tromsø on Tuesday. “I think we have extreme possibilities in this area.”
An expert group set up by the prime ministers of Norway, Sweden and Finland have written the report “Growth from the North,” which defines four drivers for growth and offers instruments for the governments of the three countries to use to secure sustainable economic growth in the North. Norway, Sweden and Finland have a lot to gain in the Arctic. By combining forces, these three countries can be in the forefront of creating sustainable growth in the region. At the same time climate change and other environmental challenges underline the need for closer cooperation, the report reads.