Main industries

Data Centers & Digital Business

Nordic Hotbed for Data Centres

Kainuu’s most significant growth industry is the data centre ecosystem, centered on the Renforsin Ranta Business Park, formerly a UPM paper mill until its closure in 2008.

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Aerial view from Renforsin Ranta


Continuous development of biofuel ecosystem

In recent years, biofuels from residues and wastes have gained greater attention in low-carbon fuel regulations. Such fuel have a substantial potential role in reducing Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions from the transport sector.

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Different sized tree stumps pictured from above


The big growth sector in Kainuu

The mining industry has been a growth sector in Kainuu. Finland has a long history of mining activity, and Finnish metallurgical technology and manufacturers of mining equipment are well known throughout the international mining community.

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Big machinery in mining area


Tourism has a great significance to Kainuu’s economy.

Tourism has a great significance to Kainuu’s economy. The development of the tourism industry is a vital factor for Kainuu and at the same time it presents great opportunities.

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Two tourists taking a selfie while snowing


The region of Kainuu has been going through a major structural change.

In years gone by, the region’s trade has been centred on agriculture and wood, as a rural region; recently however, high technology, mineral extraction and tourism have seen a strong growth pattern.

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Aerial view from Kainuu