Civil safety is an important issue in Lapland’s sparsely populated areas. This research theme covers several topic areas, such as managing long distances in safety and security services in sparsely populated areas; collaboration between associations, companies, and the public sector; elderly people’s safety in Lapland; and innovations in the production of safety and wellness services.
In the tourism sector, the Civil safety research theme is important because a large share of Finland’s tourism takes place in sparsely populated areas, and therefore people in the tourism business must be competent in this sector. The same is true in the rest of Europe, and indeed the EU is seeking to spread the operating model for safety management, developed in Lapland, also elsewhere in Europe.
The main actors are Lapland’s Regional State Administration Agency, Lapland’s municipalities, organizations in the sector, and the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities. Internationally this topic area is being developed by the European Institute of Public Administration EIPA. The following regions in Europe are also our international partners: The West (Ireland), Aragon (Spain), and Wielkopolska (Poland).
The Civil Safety in Municipalities operating model developed in Lapland won the Best European Innovation award in the international EPSA2013 competition.
National and international networks and projects:
Civil Safety in Municipalities project (in Finnish) (EMOTR, 2012–2014)
Marko Palmgren, Lapland’s Regional State Administration Agency, firstname.lastname@example.org, tel. +358 295 017 358
Niko Niemisalo, Lapland University of Applied Sciences, MTI, email@example.com, tel. +358 40 183 4440