North Karelia 

Joensuu is a mid-size city in eastern part of Finland in a region called North Karelia.  North Karelia region is the Finland’s most eastern region and its most eastern point in municipality of Ilomantsi is also the easternmost continental point of the whole European Union. North Karelia´s neighbouring regions in Finland are Northern Savonia, Southern Savonia, South Karelia and Kainuu. However North Karelia has also frontier with Russia. Total population of North Karelia is approximately 165 000. North Karelia is a pioneer region(?) of using renewable energy sources and approximately 70% of the energy used in North Karelia is produced in the region. Furthermore, North Karelian's carbon footprint is 38% smaller than an average Finn´s. 

This PowerPoint presentation includes some key facts about North Karelia. You can check some more geographical facts from it. There is also some information about globally working North Karelian enterprises. You might also find some other cool facts about North Karelia. The presentation is being made by the regional council of North Karelia. 

North Karelia

Climate change mitigation in North Karelia 

This file includes North Karelia region's program for climate change mitigation and adaption. It includes North Karelia´s up to date situation with greenhouse gases but also future goals of climate change mitigation. Program includes goals of greenhouse gas emission reduction for different sectors such as energy production and consumption, transport, community structure and land use planning, construction and agriculture.  In this program the vision of an oil free region of North Karelia was announced. This also includes North Karelia´s goal to become a carbon neutral region. Check the program underneath.

Climate and Energy Programme of North Karelia 2020


Joensuu is the capital city of North Karelia. Joensuu has approximately 75 00 inhabitants and is the 12th largest city in Finland. Joensuu city centre is located on the north shore of the lake Pyhäselkä which is part of the Finland's largest lake, Saimaa. Through the city centre flows the river Pielisjoki which runs in to Pyhäselkä. In addition to the city centre Joensuu has also multiple smaller population centres. Biggest of these is Eno with population of 6500.  Joensuu has strongly invested on education and one of the campuses of the University of the Eastern Finland is located in Joensuu, side by side with the University of Applied Sciences of Karelia. 

This video covers impacts of marsh draining in a small village near Joensuu. Video deals with draining’s impacts to the greenhouse effect but also to the whole environment. 


University of Eastern Finland 

University of Eastern Finland (UEF) is a university which operates at three cities in the eastern part of Finland; these are Joensuu, Kuopio and Savonlinna. However, at year 2018 UEF will close down the Savonlinna campus and the study fields, students and the staff from Savonlinna will move to Joensuu. UEF has 13 study fields from medical sciences to cultural research. In several of those study fields UEF is ranked in the top 300 universities of the world. At the strategic program for years, 2015 to 2020 UEF has contributed has to four global study areas which are ageing, lifestyles and health, learning in a digital society, cultural encounters and environmental change, and sufficiency of natural resources. In the future UEF aims to be in the top 200 universities in the world and in the top 50 in the strongest research areas.   

This video is a commercial video of UEF. It includes some facts about UEF in a nutshell. Feel free to check it.  

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