Intercity Collaboration of South-West Coast of Finland (Loura)

The Intercity Collaboration of South-West Coast of Finland (Finnish abbreviation ”Loura”) is a strategic cooperation model between the cities of Turku, Uusikaupunki, Rauma and Pori. The objective of this co-operation is to increase the competitiveness, attractiveness and visibility of the entire region beyond what the cities could achieve individually.

The intercity collaboration is conducted in the development zone of the south-west coast of Finland, a framework combining regional development and urban policy. This framework is based on functionality instead of administrative boundaries.

Loura has six flagships, or main themes, under which cooperation is conducted:
• Maritime Expertise (strengthening the south-west Finnish maritime cluster)
• Energy Coast (strengthening the energy and environmental technology sector)
• Tourism (to promote and develop the region as tourist destination)
• Invest in South West Finland (to promote region’s business opportunities)
• Proactive Business Development Policies (new initiatives and trials)
• Development of LOURA collaboration (strengthening the cooperation model)

The intercity collaboration between the cities of the south-west coast of Finland began in 2005 when the mayors of the four cities started holding regular meetings. The collaboration and its contents were consol-idated in late 2010 when the city councils of Turku, Uusikaupunki, Rauma and Pori prepared the agree-ment on Intercity Collaboration of South-West Coast of Finland and approved the main themes of the development programme. As a result, since 2011 the cities have had a shared employee, the Senior Advisor on Intercity Collaboration of South-West Coast of Finland.

The collaboration is carried out in the form of projects based on the development programme, which the four cities can participate in as realisers or co-financiers in accordance with separate decisions.

The Chairperson of the Intercity Collaboration of South-West Coast of Finland steering group is Olli A. Manni, Chairperson of the City Board of Turku. The Vice-Chairperson of the steering group is Diana Bergroth-Lampinen, Chairperson of the City Council of Pori.

The mayors of the four cities convene regularly, approximately four times a year.

For more information, please contact:

Pipa TURVANEN, Senior Adviser, pipa.turvanen(a)turkusciencepark.com, +358 40 729 5364