ERDF programme for Western Finland
The major region of Western Finland consists of Satakunta, Pirkanmaa, Central Finland, South Ostrobothnia and Ostrobothnia. The programme receives EUR 398 million in public financing. (The EU’s contribution is EUR 159 million.)
Western Finland’s regional structure is based on strong regional centres and the surrounding rural areas.
Western Finland aims at being an attractive and innovative area of entrepreneurship and growth. It strives to attain this objective by supporting projects that promote the creation of new enterprises or jobs or improve the competitiveness of enterprises. The unemployment rate varies considerably by area in Western Finland, so that efforts are made to boost employment, particularly in challenging areas with poorer employment prospects and in the Tampere and Vaasa urban areas.