Cross-border cooperation in the Nordic countries includes climate-smart mobility

Provincia Bothniensis is the organization for cross-border cooperation between Tornio and Haparanda cities. It was founded in 1987, and its primary mission is to develop, deepen and increase the cooperation between the cities and their inhabitants.

”We have a strong collaboration with both Sweden and Finland to get better train connections since this is a key issue for us to be able to switch to fossil free transports in Haparanda and Tornio” (Göran Wigren, City of Haparanda)

To realize this Provincia Bothniensis works with different projects and both national and international partners. The cooperation has achieved many milestones during its 30-year-period, here mentioning The Travel Center which is situated on Swedish ground but is in common use. It is also base for the shared information office for Tourism of the twin cities.

“We are two nations and two cities, but we are like one family with open borders. It is a strength to work together like this, any many can learn from our way of collaborating. It has become a part of our branding.” (Kirsi Ylipiessa, City of Tornio)