Finland to explore rail link between Oulu and Norway

The Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications and Norwegian transport authorities have identified a prospective railway route to the Arctic Ocean through Oulu and Rovaniemi in Finland, to Kirkenes in Norway. Authorities believe that the routing would improve logistical position, accessibility and supply security of Finland. Finland Transport and Communications Minister Anne Berner said: “The Arctic railway is an important European project that would create a closer link between the northern, Arctic Europe and continental Europe. The connection would improve the conditions for many industries in northern areas.” It is estimated that the Rovaniemi-Kirkenes routing will cost around €2.8bn, with Finland set to invest €2bn, while the remaining would be funded by Norway. With an expected overall cost of €7.4bn, the Arctic railway line will offer an alternative route for Finland’s imports and exports. - Railway Technology -



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