The 8th Arctic Business Forum will be organized 17. – 18.5.2017 at Kemi Finland, the capital of Arctic Industry. The theme for this year’s forum is Industry, Innovations & Investments in the Arctic region.

While embracing the economic cooperation between the Arctic countries, the forum offers also valuable information about the possibilities and future investment potential of the Arctic region both for the local business representatives and international investors. Aim is to scrutinize the future and build network and relationships among region’s various representatives.

The Arctic Europe holds investment potential worth of at least 197 billion euro. In the forum will be presented the latest news in business development in this region. Emphasizing this year’s theme, focus will be especially on the Arctic mining, steel and forest industry both with ever developing infrastructure thanks to the export and tourism both in land, sea and air.

The speakers in the Arctic Business Forum are the key representatives and stakeholders on various branch of Arctic industry. The global and local trends at stake are addressed at the Arctic Business Forum. Moreover, the companies and organizations have a chance to present their own business at the trade show in touch with the forum.

The Arctic Business Forum is organized for the first time at the city of Kemi, which is, together with the city of Tornio, one of the biggest industrial centers in the Arctic region. The region’s future development in forest industry at Kemi and steel industry at Tornio offer various possibilities to SMEs in subcontracting and maintenance.

Welcome to the Arctic Business Forum 2017 to bond with other Arctic business representatives and stakeholders working for the Arctic prosperity.


Industry, Innovations & Investments

Wednesday 17.5.

Opening session

Opening speeches by the mayor of Kemi and the chairman of the board of Lapland Chamber of Commerce and others.

What is happening in the Arctic in 2017

Evaluation of the development of international Arctic business cooperation in the changing political situation. The Arctic Business Forum Yearbook 2017 will be launched.

Swedish Session organized by Business Sweden

Introduction to the Sweden’s business interests in the Arctic region and its possibilities, aim is to activate the Swedish companies to operate at the Arctic. Moreover, the session is a platform to facilitate and connect Swedish companies with Finnish companies together with other international companies.

Arctic Industry

Kemi-Tornio region, located at an intersection of river Kemijoki and the Gulf of Bothnia together with the shared border with Sweden, is one of the biggest industrial centers in the Arctic. The region’s future  development in forest industry at Kemi and Steel industry at Tornio offer various possibilities to SMEs in subcontracting and maintenance. The latest investment to the region, a one billion euro biofuel plant is made by the Chinese Sunshine Kaidi New Energy Group, specialized in bioenergy.

Thursday 18.5.

Arctic transport

Latest update of Arctic Shipping in Northern Sea Route, Arctic Railway plans together with the ports of European High North. The Arctic is a trendy destination and with the rising tourism, the direct flight connections has been opened from Europe and Asia. In the booming demand, how will the access possibilities to the Arctic will developed?

Investments update

Latest news from the investment projects in European Arctic Regions including forest, steel and mining industry and transport connections.



The registration for the 2017 event is not yet open!

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Partnership and exhibition opportunities at ABF2017!

Are you interested in becoming an ABF Partner for the 2017 event? With an ABF Partner deal you will be able to maximize your company’s visibility throughout the Arctic Business Forum 2017. For more information, please contact abf@chamber.fi.

Two days

  • Includes access for both days to Arctic Business Forum 2017
  • Lunch and coffee servings
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One day

  • Includes access for one day to Arctic Business Forum 2017
  • Lunch and coffee on the chosen day

Chamber of Commerce member price, two days

  • Includes access for both days to Arctic Business Forum 2017
  • Lunch and coffee servings
  • More info coming soon

Conference Dinner

  • Dinner reception in the evening of 1st day of the conference


We are working on the 8th Arctic Business Forum Yearbook 2017. In the meanwhile, take a look at the Yearbook 2016. The 7th Arctic Business Forum Yearbook is an overview of the European High North investments and business development published in association with the Arctic Business Forum.

The Yearbook 2016 by Lapland Chamber of Commerce addresses Arctic cooperation, policies and business, top 10 risks for Arctic stakeholders for the next five years, as well as an estimation of European High North investment potential for the same time frame. Regionally the Yearbook covers the Northern parts of Finland, Sweden and Norway as well as Murmansk and Arkhangelsk regions in Russia.

You can order your own paperback version of the Yearbook 2016 (30€ + VAT) through this link or download the pdf-version from the link below.


We welcome all representatives of media to the 8th Arctic Business Forum!


  • Includes access for both days to Arctic Business Forum 2017
  • Lunch and coffee servings


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