On the Northern edge of Europe, Lapland features cold snowy winters, light summer nights, pure nature and rich cultural traditions. Over the years, harsh environmental conditions have shaped the culture, the use of natural resources, and the mindset of the people. This forms the background for Arctic Design, which derives from the cultural and societal basis in the North. Finland is well-known for its cutting edge technology industry. Arctic Design has been integrated in industry, healthcare, ICT, tourism and art. With design, we can transform this technology knowledge to create products, experiences and services that engage and delight users. Lapland also organises the world's northermost design week, the Arctic Design Week.

We warmly welcome you to the next Arctic Design Week that will take place 20-26 February 2017.

Photos below by Arctic Design Week


The public sector in all European regions is facing new challenges due to i.e. digitalisation and ageing of population. This workshop aims at encouraging public sector actors, i.e. cities, to actively use design-thinking and a strategic design approach and methods to support effective and innovative problem solving. Eindhoven and Rovaniemi as European cities in their respective regions (Central Europe versus High North of Europe) have created two different design strategies to solve challenges through design and design thinking.