4298 km2


88 548


The operating area of Leader Länsi-Saimaa, situated in South Carelia, includes the municipalities of Lemi, Luumäki, Savitaipale and Taipalsaari as well as the rural areas of the city of Lappeenranta.

South Karelia is located on the shores of lake Saimaa, the fourth largest lake in Europe, near the border with Russia. The area has strong forest industry and expertise in bioenergy, there is an international Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) specializing in the sustainable development. There is a multilingual staff in the area, that is available for trade and other business needs.

Proximity to the border stimulates businesses and economic life particularly in the areas of trade and tourism.

Transport links with the capital of Finland Helsinki, Russia and other European countries are well connected.

There is a large number of manufacturing companies and process industry companies, and a great amount of small companies as well.

Fiber-optic connections have been built in rural areas – fast and functional internet connections ensure working and online access.

Tourism in the area will continue to grow and it offers new opportunities for business and collaboration through support service.
Big companies are seeking the partners for support service providers, organic and local food suppliers, and natural and physical activity providers. There is also a growing demand for production service, particularly for the care and social security services.

By networking and collaborating the small tourism companies, food producers and service providers are able to compete and succeed in the market today.

Leader Länsi-Saimaa supports the implementation of development and business ideas that rural residents offer.

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