Transport solutions for European added value

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Region Västerbotten is leading the Bothnian Green Logistic Corridor project, one of the Baltic Sea Region’s largest transport projects. Twenty-nine partners across five countries – Sweden, Finland, Norway, Germany and Poland, are working within different fields to developing the existing and future Bothnian Corridor into an efficient, reliable and green transport corridor, connecting northern Scandinavia’s raw materials with the markets in Europe.

”The BGLC project strives to create Scandinavia’s most important and most climate-friendly transport link. On the 6-7 of March, we will present our strategy in Umeå – European Culture of Capital 2014″,  says Ms Carina Aschan, Project Manager BGLC.

The Bothnian Corridor

The Bothnian Corridor is a strategically important link within the transport system of goods in Northern Europe.
Now, several factors limit the effciency of transports.
Steep inclines limits the speed and weight of the trains, insuffcient carrying capacity and lack of capacity in general create competition disadvantages and market obstacles for the raw material supply of EU´s industrial market.

Predicted increase in freight traffic

Meanwhile, freight transports in Europe are expected to increase by 50 per cent 2050. This increase will stretch the existing transportation system to its limits. The need for efficient and environmentally friendly transport solutions is crucial for ensuring development within Scandinavia and meeting the needs of the EU and the global market.


Natural resources to Europe and the world

• Sweden, Finland and Poland together constitute the main mining region in EU. Over 90 per cent of the iron ore in Europe comes from these countries

• Sweden and Finland are the world’s second and third largest exporters of pulp, paper and sawn timber

• The seafood industry in Norway is rapidly expanding with a continuous growth in export, especially to the Central and Eastern parts of Europe


The project involves 29 partners across five countries, working to connect northern Scandinavia’s raw materials with markets in the Baltic Sea Region and Central Europe.
We want to develop the existing Bothnian Corridor into an efficient, reliable and green transport corridor.

Doing so, involves:

• Mapping the flow of goods and future needs, elimination bottlenecks and other technical obstacles and introducing new intermodal solutions for increased flexibility.

• Examining regional and economic effects and mapping strategically important nodes.

• Increase collaboration between industry, business and government and together, design business models and pilots.

On the Final Conference in Umeå, 6-7th of March 2014, the project will present the Final BGLC Strategy with concrete solutions for decision makers on how to develop the corridor towards a more efficient, sustainable and cost effective logistical system

Read more about the work packages of Bothnian Green Logistic Corridor at the WP section.




BGLC brings together 29 stakeholders across Sweden, Norway, Finland, Germany and Poland. 12 regional authorities, 5 cities, 2 national authorities/ministries, 6 ports, 2 associations and 2 universities will now examine how the Bothnian Corridor can be developed to become an efficient transport corridor from Noravik in Norway, through Sweden and Finland, down to Central Europe.


BGLC is supported by 5 Baltic Sea Region Programme Projects, the Ministries of transport in Sweden, Finland and Norway and has 57 associated partners from the industry.


BGLC is part-financed by the European Union, European Regional Development Fund and European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument.


Bothnian Green Logistic Corridor has an estimated budget of 4 804 000 Euro. The project started on the 8th of August 2011 and will end on the 31th of March, 2014.



The European Commission has adopted a proposal to transform existing patchwork of European roads, railways, airports and canals into a unified transport network (TEN-T). The new core network will remove bottlenecks, upgrade infrastructure and streamline cross border transport operations for passengers and businesses throughout the EU. It will improve connections between different modes of transport and contribute to the EUs climate change objectives.


-83 main European ports with
rail and road links
-37 key airports with rail
connections into major cities
-15 000 km of railway line
upgrade to high speed
-35 cross border projects to
reduce bottlenecks

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