About us

Say hello to Interreg Aurora!

Interreg Aurora is a programme in the European Union Interreg community for cross-border cooperation in 2021-2027. The programme offers great opportunities and enables new and exciting cross-border cooperation in the northernmost parts of Europe and Sápmi. The Interreg Aurora programme has a unique feature, the programme is integrated with Sápmi and the indigenous Sami people.

Girl hiking in snowshoes in Lapland, Finland

Programme area

The Interreg Aurora programme area is divided into two geographical
sub-areas – Aurora and Sápmi.

Map of Interreg Aurora Programme area

SUB-AREA AURORA

FINLAND
Lappi
Pohjois-Pohjanmaa
Keski-Pohjanmaa
Österbotten/Pohjanmaa
Etelä-Pohjanmaa

SWEDEN
Norrbotten
Västerbotten
Västernorrland

NORWAY
Troms og Finnmark
Nordland

SUB-AREA SÁPMI

FINLAND
Lappi
Pohjois-Pohjanmaa
Keski-Pohjanmaa
In addition to the official area of the Sámi homeland, the geographical area of the sub-area Sápmi covers the entire regions of Lappi, Pohjois-Pohjanmaa and Keski-Pohjanmaa. The Sámi homeland means the areas of the municipalities of Enontekiö, Inari and Utsjoki, as well as the area of the reindeer owners association of Lappi in Sodankylä.

SWEDEN
Norrbotten
Västerbotten
Västernorrland
Jämtland
Idre Sameby in Dalarna

NORWAY
Troms og Finnmark, Nordland and Tröndelag as well as part of Innlandet
(Elgå Reinbeitedistrikt)

Great ideas know no borders

The overall goal of the Interreg Aurora programme 2021-2027 is to encourage cross-border collaboration and thereby strengthening the competitiveness, sustainability and attractiveness of the programme area through social inclusion, digitalisation and green transition.

Sustainable development is an overarching goal in Interreg Aurora. The three dimensions of sustainable development – social, ecological and economic sustainability – will therefore be taken into account as horizontal principles.

 

Budget

The total funding for the Interreg Aurora programme is approximately 157 million Euro, including EU-funding, Norwegian IR-funding and national co-funding.