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2023 Interreg NPA Annual Conference

NORTHERN SKILLS: Navigating the Future NPA
8th November, Skellefteå, Sweden

In recent years, Northern Europe’s peripheral areas have become attractive regions for larger or smaller green and digital investments. New opportunities for people and communities have opened up in otherwise sparsely populated regions, and beyond.

At the same time, some jobs disappeared while others are not taken up and workers in sectors such as healthcare, digital industries, or technical service are highly demanded. This creates imbalances and challenges for many regions and communities.

The 2023 Interreg NPA annual event will look at how Northern Periphery and Arctic cooperation projects can support reskilling, attracting and retaining the needed workforce.

The Northern Skills conference will be the opportunity to exchange on:

  • What solutions can be put in place by local communities to address the shortage of workforce and the impacts of changing economies and societies?
  • How Nordic communities can become attractive destinations for workers and their families?
  • How to facilitate the labour market demands with a small population?
  • What is the role of youth and indigenous peoples in shaping the future of the NPA?

The goal of this event is to be a source of inspiration for communities across the Northern Periphery and Arctic, to work together, benefitting from the respective experience and capacity.   


Who is the event for?

The NORTHERN SKILLS conference is a public, free-to-attend event that will bring together experts working with regional development on local, regional, and national level, policymakers, business actors, researchers, higher and lower education institutions, youth, and indigenous peoples to share experiences and ideas related to the future workforce in the NPA. 

Through networking and workshops, the participants will be able to exchange first-hand experiences of how to attract and retain skilled and talented people in Europe’s peripheries and create attractive, competitive, and resilient communities.  


7th November
Welcome reception, (venue tbc), 18:30 
Please, confirm your attendance in the registration form.

8th November
NORTHERN SKILLS Conference, Wood Hotel, 9:00-17:00
For the detailed programme please see here.

Conference dinner, Wood Hotel, 18:30
Please, confirm your attendance in the registration form.

9th November
Lead Partner seminar, Wood Hotel, 9:00 - 16:00 
Invitations only, organized for Lead Partners of NPA Main projects.

Site visit to Skellefteå Science City, 9:30 - 11:00 
Please, confirm your attendance in the registration form.


The theme of the Interreg NPA 2023 Annual Event aligns with the European Year of Skills “Boosting competitiveness, participation and talent”.


Join us navigating the future NPA, REGISTER NOW!


For more information, contact or or check Interreg Northern Periphery and Arctic programme website.



Start: November 8, 2023
9:00 AM
End: November 8, 2023
5:00 PM
Interreg Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme

The Wood Hotel by Elite, Torggatan, Skellefteå, Sweden

Torggatan 3
931 32 Skellefteå Västerbottens län

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