Report: The COVID-19 pandemic in the Arctic 5 cities - Economic effects and recovery
The COVID-19 pandemic has been first and foremost a health crisis, but it has had a severe negative, asymmetric impact not only on individuals, but also on communities and regions. Arctic regions are no exception. The report written by regional economists from the universities of the Arctic 5 cities (Oulu and Rovaniemi in Finland, Umeå and Luleå in Sweden, and Tromsø in Norway) provides a review of the economic impacts as well as the recovery processes of the COVID-19 pandemic in these cities.
The report will be released on the 2nd of June 2021. The report provides a review of the available statistics concerning the development of the COVID-19 pandemic, the mobility of people during the pandemic and the effects of the pandemic on labour markets in the Arctic 5 cities. The current preliminary project provides a starting point for long-term cross-border research cooperation where the goal is to analyse the short and long-term regional economic impacts as well as the recovery processes of the COVID-19 pandemic in Northern Finland, Sweden, and Norway.
- Time: Wednesday, 2nd of June, at 12.00 (Finnish Time, at 11.00 Swedish and Norwegian time)
- Place: Zoom seminar (from LEAF room, University of Oulu, Oulu.) https://oulu.zoom.us/j/62833763076 . The event will be held in English.
After the presentation of the report, commentary speeches will be provided by:
- Juha Ala-Mursula, Executive Director, BusinessOulu, Oulu, Finland
- Anna Olofsson, Head of City Marketing, Umeå municipality, Umeå, Sweden
- Trude Nilsen, CEO of Chamber of Commerce in Tromsø, Tromsø, Norway
- Associate professor Jaakko Simonen, The University of Oulu
- Associate professor Mikko Moilanen, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø
- Professor Lars Westin, The University of Umeå
- Professor Anders Hersinger, Luleå University of Technology
- Professor Stein Østbye, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø
- Emeritus Professor Rauli Svento, The University of Oulu
- Researcher Tapio Riepponen, The University of Oulu