Kuusamo, as a remote municipality, has been a pioneer in developing the
Information Society. Kuusamo airport shrunk the distance from Helsinki to one hour, thus
allowing us to say that we are neighbours. Now, the data network together with fast
connections has brought the whole world nearer to us.
As early as 1987 the goal was set: to bring Kuusamo into general awareness as a modern
information society. This meant merging information technology with beautiful and
inimitable nature and tourism; the region is one of the most famous holiday resorts in
Finland. The Knowledge Centre at Naturpolis, has given Kuusamo its place on the map
aalongside University Cities of Finland.
In the Finnish Pavillion, visitors can become acquainted with the communication
infrastructure built in Kuusamo and its applications of Information Society services in
telemedicine, multiform education, tourism, call centres and application developments.
We are facing the new challenges of the new millennium with open minds. The long term
goal has been set: to develop Kuusamo into the regional centre for the whole north-eastern
Finland for education, services and administration.