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Finnmark county is not only special, it is also SMART.


Finnmark's SMART-specialisation strategy approved by the regional parliament

During yesterday's session, Finnmark's regional parliament approved Finnmark's new Regional Innovation Strategy (RIS3) unanimously. See the documents here (link - norwegian). This marks june 19th of 2019 as the day that Finnmark joined the SMART-specialization family. "This was a job well done, a good process [...]and this will be really good for the new, larger county. We do not lack behind anyone." said Geir Ove Bakken (AP), leader for the main caucus for culture and public transportation, during the plenary debate. Erle Hom-Varsi, Assistant Director for Regional Development in Finnmark County Administration, agrees, "This is an important step forward towards better and more intensive cross-border cooperation with Europe". The strategy document will now be edited and translated into English before it is being published and distributed. However, the SMART-specialization process is far from over. "With the strategic foundation in place, we now have to exploit the momentum and put the strategy to life. A lessons-learned and implementation workshop in September will help us to plot the way ahead," says Matthias Kock, project leader for the introduction of SMART-specialization in Finnmark.


First draft of Finnmark's RIS3 has been approved by the main-caucus of Finnmark's regional parliament

During its last session on the 7th of may, the main caucus of Finnmark's regional parliament officially approved the first draft of Finnmark's regional innovation strategy (RIS3) based on the SMART-principles (PDF, 2 MB) (Norwegian version). This draft was sent out to more than 40 stakeholders from Finnmark (municipalities, businesses, university, interest-groups and many others) in order to provide broad participation. The draft will also be undergo scrutiny from at least two other Nordic regions. Thanks to this peer-review Finnmark draws from the knowledge of regions with longer experience concerning SMART. A draft of the analysis which laid the foundation for the strategy was also approved and is available here. (PDF, 1022 kB) (Norwegian version)


Next step in SMART-specialization process: Workshop with businesses and industry, 27. march 2019, Alta

Over the last weeks, NORUT conducted interviews with executives of business and industry in Finnmark. A consecutive workshop was held in Alta, 27 march 2019. (press release - Norwegian) The workshop used the interview-results and opened for a discussion about the most important branches of business and industry in Finnmark when it comes to innovation and development. The next steps in the SMART-specialization process of Finnmark County are going to be formulating a first draft of RIS3 and a broad, international inlcusion-process where external actors get a chance to comment on the strategy-draft. It is planned that the final strategy is being decided upon by the regional parliament of Finnmark County in June.


Meeting - SMART-specialisation in Finnmark County, 21. january 2019

The work with Finnmark's SMART-specialisation is gaining momentum. Finnmark County Administration together with renown research Institute NORUT have invited stakeholders from innovation and research in Finnmark to join and be part of the process. A first workshop with these stakeholders was held in Vadsø on 21. january 2019 where underlaying principles and the last steps where discussed. (press release  - Norwegian)


Finnmark joined the SMART-specialisation plattform, 30. june 2018

Finnmark joined the SMART-specialisation plattform as a first step towards fundamental adjustments as to which strategic goals are being targeted and how these goals are being achieved.





What is SMART-specialisation? How does it help my region?


These are important questions - find answers!


Where do we start?


In 2015, after a long and demanding foresight process, Finnmark adopted its Regional Development Strategy to guide the county into the future. "Fremtidens Finnmark" or "Future Finnmark" is the fundamental document on which all other strategies build upon.

RUP 2014-2023 Fremtidens Finnmark (English) (PDF, 1024 kB)

RUP 2014-2023 Fremtidens Finnmark (Norwegian) (PDF, 2 MB)

The SMART-specialisation process makes Finnmark's development goals presented in this document more tangible. It takes necessary adjustments and explores new approaches.

In November 2016 the executive committee (fylkesutvalg) of Finnmark's county parliament under case 61/16 (link) decided the funding of Finnmark's SMART-specialisation process.


What are the priority areas


The priority areas will be identified during an in-depth research process where experts evaluate Finnmark with regard to opportunities in economic development, business development, education, research and innovation.