Two of the regional strategies and action plans of the Regional Council of South Ostrobothnia target especially the development and promotion of international activities. The action plan of internationalisation and the strategy of smart specialisation both follow the guidelines of the regional strategy and the regional action plan, but they emphasize internationalisation in their contents and goals. The purpose of these documents is on the one hand to describe and strengthen the region’s will to become more international and on the other hand to offer a framework which justifies international activity.
South Ostrobothnia’s internationalisation action plan ”Vitality from Internationalisation” (summary in English) was updated in 2019 (The managing board of the Regional Council of South Ostrobothnia, 17 September 2019). The purpose of the action plan is to promote discussion and interaction on internationalisation in the region.
South Ostrobothnia’s strategy of smart specialisation ”Smart and Outstanding” (in English) was compiled in 2014 (The managing board of the Regional Council of South Ostrobothnia, 16 June 2014). The strategy seeks to promote the internationalisation of the region’s research, development and innovation activities, the development of growth entrepreneurship that is aiming for internationalisation, and the number of international investments in the region. The strategy will be updated along with South Ostrobothnia’s regional strategy during the autumn 2020 and the spring 2021.