First day of the conference!

The first day of the conference has started with over 550 participants from 19 different countries. The key speech of the Prime minister of Finland, Mari Kiviniemi opened the conference and a co-operation ministers panel showcased the importance of multi-level co-operation. Twitter is the best way to follow the conference discussion #So11

Conference starts soon

Welcome to Turku! The registration and Coffee will start at. 9:00

Only 4 days left until the conference starts and we have now closed the registration!
Over 550 participants from 19 different countries are attending.
The countries are:



Finland 313
Sweden 75
Norway 48
Denmark 37
Russia 19
Estonia 15
Grønland 9
Lithuania 8
Faroe Islands 5
Latvia 5
Åland, Finland 5
Poland 4
Iceland 2
Netherlands 2
France 1
Austria 1
Germany 1
Japan 1
Belgium 1
Canada 1

The Conference programme includes a panel of the Ministers of Nordic Cooperation on Monday 31.1.2011, where the discussion covers Nordic welfare model, climate change and sustainable development. Several ministers have already confirmed their participation in the interactive panel, where participants of the conference can influence on the discussion.

Among the confirmed ministers are: Jan Vapaavuori, Minister of Housing, Finland, Veronica Thörnroos, Minister of Transport, Åland, Ewa Björling, Minister for Trade, Sweden, and Katrín Jakobsdóttir, Minister of Education, Science and Culture, Iceland. Denmark and Norway are to be confirmed.

Five new confirmed parallel session presentations have been published. It is worth to check what kind of solutions the programme offers. New presentations are in sessions Earth - 1.1. and 1.2., Air - 3.2. and 3.3. also in Fire - 4.2.

The submission deadline for the international competition looking for solutions to combat climate change was 30 September. A total of 79 entries were received from seven different countries. The competition, organised by the national local government associations of Finland, Sweden and Norway and the Nordic Council of Ministers, was held to find new or as yet unestablished business concepts, practices and technologies to better control the effects of climate change. It was targeted at municipalities, companies and other local and regional actors from the Baltic Sea Region and the Nordic countries. Many of the entries were from companies, says Project Manager Jonas Rorarius from the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities.

The competition entries can be roughly divided into two types: technological innovations and more integrated solutions. From among the entries, an international jury will select three to five best solutions by the end of November. The winners will be awarded on 1 February 2011 in connection with the ‘Solutions local, together’ Conference in Turku, Finland.

Local food initiative awarded

The City-paper awarded the Local food initiative as the best on Food initiative in the city of Turku in year 2010! This showcases the importance that the local food has received in the Region and how successful we have been in the process. More restaurants want to join in and the word is spreading out! The initiative is now also part of the New Nordic Food - programme and this adds the value to it.

More in Finnish.

SOLUTIONS local, together Conference is present at Kuntamarkkinat in Helsinki 15-16.9.2010 - come and visit stand 2.18 (second floor).

Registration has started

Solutions local, together - Conference programme with side events has been launched! In the programme you can find interesting presentations and praxis visits about the sustainable development - it is worth getting to know the programme!

The Conference has limited seats, 650, so act quickly. By registering by the end of October you benefit from the early bird prices and can use the group discount - every 7th free.