Mayor - The City of Vaasa
Known as the Energy Capital of the Nordics, it’s more than luck that the Vaasa region is home for the leading energy cluster in the Nordic countries. It’s the result of persistent hard work and the sum of many factors, such as the region’s industrial traditions, international business life and exceptionally wide-ranging cooperation between the region’s companies, the public sector and educational institutes.
The city of Vaasa is committed to setting an example. The city boldly promotes sustainable development through improved energy efficiency, the implementation of innovative solutions for energy generation and distribution, as well as investments in education and research.
The City has announced it is preparing a proposal for the Tesla Gigafactory. The advantage of Vaasa as a location is that it is the most important energy technology centre in the Nordic countries. Kaustinen, which lies nearby, has the biggest lithium deposits in Europe. Lithium carbonate is the key ingredient in lithium-ion batteries. This combination of knowledge of energy technology and supply of the raw materials for battery production is unique in the world. The Vaasa energy cluster is already world class: out of the 140 companies in the region, many are global market leaders within their fields. Their combined turnover is €4.4 billion. By itself, the cluster accounts for almost a third of Finland’s technology exports.