The Northern Ostrobothnia
The Northern Ostrobothnia region (the terms North Ostrobothnia and Northern Ostrobothnia, used in some contexts, are synonymous with Oulu region) extends across Finland from the Gulf of Bothnia to the Russian border and has an area of 37,000 km². Northern Ostrobothnia is a dynamic region with a great diversity of landscapes. It is a growing and developing region that has a population of about 380,000 (7.2% of the Finnish population), 80% of whom live in built-up areas. The population is well educated and has the lowest average age of any region in the country. The region is mostly known for its expertise in advanced technology, the manufacture of steel, paper and pulp, biotechnology and high standards of education.