Finnish Arctic Website goes International

The website is maintained by the Science Communications team at the Arctic Centre. In the photo (from left to right) Johanna Westerlund, Kari Viertola, Markku Heikkilä, Maija Myllylä, Anne Raja-Hanhela and Arto Vitikka. (Photo: Risto Viitanen)
The website is now presenting Finland as an Arctic country also in English.

The website is now presenting Finland as an Arctic country also in English.

The Arctic Centre has maintained the ArcticFinland website for several years, but until now the focus has been on information in Finnish. The updated site, in English, was launched yesterday.

Finland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Arctic Centre at the University of Lapland have signed an agreement to develop the site maintained and updated by the Arctic Centre as an Arctic gateway for international audience.

Increased demand for Arctic information

“The Finnish Chairmanship in the Arctic Council has greatly increased demand for Arctic information about Finland abroad. With this cooperation we are responding to the growing need,” says Ville Cantell, Director of the Unit for Communications on Europe and Neighbouring Areas at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

“Now we can actively develop the English pages.  We are creating new content and building networks with international partners”, says Markku Heikkilä, Head of Science Communications at the Arctic Centre.

According to a press release, the site is not intended to replace the official chairmanship site or other existing sources of information, but to consolidate a rather fragmented picture of Finland as an Arctic country.

A long-term perspective

On the site readers will find information on Finland’s Arctic policies and on Arctic research and Arctic Business in Finland. There will also be news about Arctic events and activities in Finland, and longer articles with Arctic content.

The agreement between the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Arctic Center will be in force until May 2019.

“We aim at continuing our cooperation even after this period,” says Heikkilä.