Pohjois-Savo is a dynamic centre of technology and industry with more than 200 export companies. The region is host to a high concentration of technologically advanced international industrial concerns, which account for 40 precent of the region's exports and 20 percent of the total workforce.
According to recent research, Pohjois-Savo based around Kuopio has proved to be one of the most attractive areas of Finland, with only Helsinki, Tampere, Turku and Oulu beating it. One reason for this development is the broad range of products and a successful educational policy. The economic life of the region has developed to be flexible and renewable while remaining competitive.
Leaders in business and R&D in the region include machine and energy technology, wood and bio processing, foodstuffs, health cluster and also water and air tech.