Project partners

Uusimaa Regional Council - Lead Partner (LP)
The major planning and development authority of the Helsinki-Uusimaa region. 
Located in Helsinki.
Contact person: Project manager Ms Christine Chang

Laurea University of Applied Sciences
Laurea produces new competences in the field of service innovations and carries out professionally orientated education, regional development and R&D activities by following the Learning by Developing (LbD) operational model. Located in Espoo and Helsinki.
Contact person: Mr Conrad Lyaruu 

Culminatum Innovation Oy Ltd
Culminatum Innovation Oy Ltd is a development company owned by the Uusimaa Regional Council, the cities of Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa, and the universities, polytechnics, research institutes and business community of Helsinki region. Located in Espoo. 

Regional Council of Southwest Finland
The Regional Council of Southwest Finland functions as an authority for regional development and as an organization for planning and promoting regional interests. Located in Turku.
Contact person: Mr Ville Santalahti

Turku Science Park Oy Ltd
A community of businesses and educational establishments that focuses on the development of the biotechnology and IT industries in southwestern Finland. Located in Turku.

Riga Planning Region
The major planning and development authority of
the greater Riga region.
Contact person: Ms Sanita Kovaleva

University of Latvia
Latvia’s largest university, located in Riga.
Contact person: Mr Emils Rode

City of Uppsala
The municipal authority of Uppsala
Contact person: Ms Inger Christoferson

Institute of Baltic Studies

An independent non-profit research and development centre that aims at assisting the development of public policy in the Baltic Sea region by providing high-quality socio-economic analysis. Located in Tartu.

Contact person: Mr Kaido Väljaots

e-Governance Academy
A non-governmental, non-profit organisation, founded for the creation and transfer of knowledge concerning e-governance, e-democracy and the development of civil society. Located in Tallinn.
Contact person: Mr Arvo Ott


  1. Why tie up with two research firms? Is it to get more research and development tax credits or just to have a second opinion easily at hand?

  2. Hey Xander! I'm not actually sure what you mean by two research firms - in my point of view we don't have any of those. But what comes to the research every partner region does their own research by themselves of by hiring someone to do it - when ever needed.

  3. Are the project partners sponsors of the project? Is that what it means? What are the requirements to be a project partner and what are the benefits of that? thanks

  4. Hello Anonymous,

    Expat project is funded by EU. It is common to talk about "partners" in EU projects. Usually it means that this partner is funded by EU to conduct any work given by the project lead partner. Some projects also have partners who don't get any money from the project but just want to support the project idea and get all the information gathered in the project - but in this Expat project all of the partners are funded by EU to work towards a common goal; which in this case is to better serve the expats in their regions.

    Hopefully this clears it up a bit.


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