Do business and invest in North Karelia
The strengths of the business life of North Karelia include its versatile structure and the collaboration between different organisations. Forest bioeconomy, technology and materials, and the creative industry provide numerous opportunities for entrepreneurs, experts and investors. The strongest industrial sectors are the forest and wood industry, the
plastic and metal industry, the food production industry and the industry related to stone quarrying and mining and the refining of stone and mineral products. North Karelia also invests in tourism, ICT, culture and welfare services.
The Niirala international border crossing point provides first-class logistics services for the needs of export and import alike. With good connections by both road and rail, the busy Joensuu deep-water port is also an important centre of goods traffic. The port's customs and free warehouses and efficient unloading, loading and storage operations support foreign trade: they make Joensuu an excellent intermediate port for transit traffic. If need be, freight can be transported all the way from Joensuu to the Black Sea and Central Europe.
There is plenty of skilled labour in North Karelia. There are currently approximately 19,500 students studying at the university, university of applied sciences and vocational education institutions of the region, and tailored education is also provided for businesses to meet their employment needs.
The regional development companies will help you in all questions related to business operations and business development.