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FLAG factsheet - Finland - Kainuu-Koillismaa

Offical name: 
Oulujärvi Leader/Kalaleader
Straddles Kainuu and Northern Ostrobothnia regions
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Description of the area and its main challenges

Kainuu-Koillismaa area is an underpopulated area in North-East Finland with hundreads of lakes. The fishing traditions are strong and vital both among professional and non-professional fishermen. The lakes are mostly underfished and aquaculture has great potential. Four main challenges have been identified: 1) the long distances which increase costs 2) ageing of fishermen and entrepreneurs 3) the lack of techology to utilise small-sized fish; 4) the limited fish product mix. 

Population: 91 515                                              Employment in fisheries: 150

Surface area/km²: 28 487                                  Coastal or inland: inland

Population Density/ Inhabitants/ km²: 3.2       Protected areas: 675 km2

Main focus of FLAG strategy

The FLAG strategy has two main lines: 1) Opening more markets for fish products (logistics, techology, fish product development, co-operation etc. and 2) Strengthening and reinventing fishing business (new fishermen, new techology).

Environmental Management (1-5, where 5 is high priority and 1 is low priority) : 2

Improving the competitiveness of the fisheries sector (1-5) : 5

Diversification into other activities (1-5) : 3

Project examples and ideas

- Developing innovative new technology in order to utilise small-sized fish                                                                                                                                         
- Preparing a fish handling centre



Lead Partner/Responsible Legal Entity :  Fishermen´s organisations, aquaculture organisations and local public bodies.                 

Links with LEADER : The FLAG area covers three LEADER LAGs: Lake Oulujärvi LAG, Elävä Kainuu LAG and Myötäle LAG. The FLAG is administrated by the Lake Oulujärvi LAG but ran in close partnership with the two other LAGs.      

% of public actors : 35

% of fisheries actors : 35

% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors : 30

% of environmental actors : 0

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership : 15

Number of individuals on main decision-making body : 9

Number of contracted staff in FLAG : 1


Total public funding 2007-2013 : € 1 680 000 

EFF : €    516 000 

Other public : € 1 164 000

Private : €    560 000

FLAG Manager: 
Simo Kemppainen
Other contact: 
President: Korhonen Juha
Oulujärvi LEADER LAG/ Kainnu fisheries group, Kalliokatu 4, 87100 Kajaani, Finland
simo.kemppainen (at)
+358 50 53 67 890
Languages spoken: 
Finnish, English