– The Forum for Sustainable
in Arctic Europe



– The Forum for Sustainable
in Arctic Europe



Lisa Ek

Business developer LTU Business

Lisa Ek will be leading us through the conference as our moderator. She is a strategy and innovation expert, working at LTU Business in Luleå with projects across Europe. During the last years her main focus has been the business development of mining innovations and new business models within the raw material sector. Lisa has the exciting task of making the two days both efficient and enjoyable!

Speakers Feb 17

Welcome to Kiruna

Gunnar Selberg
Mayor of Kiruna, since 2018.

Founder of Kiruna Guidetour and teacher in Social Science.

On top of Europe – with some specific challenges delivering some unique potentials

Nils Olov Lindfors
Regional Council

The ScanMed Railway Freight Corridor makes railway the obvious choice for transporting goods

Scandinavian-Mediterranean Rail Freight Corridor, ScanMed RFC, started it’s activity on the 10th of November 2015.
Our mission is to provide better railway services for freight transportation in Europe in order to attract more goods on rail. This we achieve together with our users and partners through our keywords trust, innovation, reliability and simplicity.

Linda Thulin
Chair Scandinavian-Mediterranean Rail Freight Corridor

Linda has been the chair in ScanMed RFCs Management Board since late 2018.

LKAB LOGISTIC 5.0 – our way to sustainable logistics

LKABs vision beyond 2030 for sustainable iron ore logistics and our view on the development of the railway infrastructure to enable large scale development of the raw-material based industry in our region.

Jan Lundgren
General Manager LKAB Logistics and CEO LKAB Malmtrafik AB, Chairman of the Board in LKAB Norge AS and LKAB Malmtrafikk AS.

Technical and Business Development at LKAB with responsibility for LKABs project portfolio.


The port of Narvik – the Arctic hub

Rune J. Arnøy
CEO, Port of Narvik

Educated at the Norwegian Bank Academy as a bank economist, and later Executive Master’s Degree in Logistics at BI School of Economics and Administration. Over the years, I have worked in banking, business administration, and currently as CEO/ Port Director in Narvik.

The North Bothnia Line, for gods and passenger - A central artery connecting Europe, now halfway

Planning is ongoing for the North Bothnia Line, a new 270-kilometre railway line between Umeå-Luleå.
The North Bothnia Line is intended to strengthen swedens rail freight system and enable passenger traffic between the cities along the Norrland coast. Studies are currently in progress.

The North Bothnia Line is the last link in the Bothnian Corridor and is included in the extension of the Scanmed Corridor further north from Stockholm.

The North Bothnia line Ltd was established in 2008 by the Regional political body in Norrbotten county and Regional political body in Västerbotten county as well as the municipalities of Umeå, Robertsfors, Skellefteå, Piteå, Luleå, Boden, Kalix and Haparanda. With purpose to:

– Provide the continued work with a clear legal and organizational platform.

– Clearly highlight the seriousness of the region’s own ambition and commitment to implement the project. 

Gusten Granström
CEO North Bothnia Line Ltd

Our important market access need the efforts of all of us - now

A stronger will is needed for cooperation between Norway and Sweden on the important cross-border corridors. It’s easy to think that anyone else should have done this, but now is the time to do this by ourselves. It is important that at this seminar we establish a group that is committed to working for our important, cross-border lifeblood. The group must have a project manager who prepares common messages that politicians can convey and which provides input on which channels the message should be conveyed in. I want to be one of the politicians who contribute. Different parts of Northern Scandinavia and Northern Finland put their energy into different projects. Should we have a strategy for how we address the others? Is it possible to get a priority in place that we can try to agree on “in the Barents Region?

Åsunn Lyngedal
MP Stortinget Norway

Meeting the Expectations on Cross-Border Infrastructure

To make the Nordic region the most sustainable and integrated region in the world by 2030” is the vision for the Nordic Co-operation laid down by the Nordic Prime Ministers. At the same time we lots of important infrastructure projects in the Northern parts of Sweden, Finland & Norway, that would better connect people, goods & resources with the bigger markets. How and why should the political level, better serve the needs of the people and the growing industries?

Linda Modig (Ylivainio)
MP Centre Party, Norrbotten

Member on the Committee on the Constitution in the Swedish Riksdag, Deputy member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs

Member of the Nordic Council and President of the Centre Group in the Nordic Council, the second largest group in the Nordic Council

A crossing Scan Med – The New Silkroad - What effects are to be seen?

The volumes of transports will increase in the future. Smart mobility has to be developed and will increase your competitiveness. You have to reach your global markets in a climate friendly way. How can our companies in Scandinavia be a part in this?

Robert Forsberg
Norrbottens Handelskommare

Robert Forsberg has been working at the Norrbotten Chamber of commerce since 2011. International business is one of the fields he is working in. Together with partners in northern Finland and Norway he has helped SMEs getting into new markets since 2011. He is also the chairman in Norrbottens logistic Council.

Infrastructure needs in the Tornio River Valley

Topics: Electrification of the Kolari rail line, Kolari-Kaunisvaara mine rail connection and Traffic safety on the national road 21 and fish transportation from Norway

Kristiina Tikkala
Mayor, Municipality of Kolari

Seafood train from Narvik/Kiruna to Malmö. Challenges in relation to directional balance, parallel freight flows and how this can be solved

The seafood train from Narvik/Kiruna to Malmö.

– Challenges in relation to directional balance, parallel freight flows and how this can be solved.

Stig Winther
CEO Pole Position Logistics Narvik AS

Sustainable infrastructure for diversified business

Niklas Sirén
Sustainability Manager Municipality of Kiruna

Niklas Sirén is the Project Manager for Kiruna Sustainability Centre, a municipal organization focusing on making the “new” city a smart and sustainable one.

Niklas has been involved in municipal development for two decades and has held positions such as Chairman for the board of education and Deputy Mayor.

Speakers Feb 18

Why is the increase in rail capacity important for the development of the seafood industry?

Over the next 5 years, the seafood industry in the North will have a potential of 400,000 tonnes of fresh salmon – by railroad from Narvik. This alone will have a value of just over NOK 25 billion.

• Why is the increase in railroad capacity important for the development of the seafood industry?
• What is needed to make the seafood industry an attractive product?

Tor Anders Elvegård
Chair Seefood Norway, COO Nordlaks Oppdrett AS

Being alone is not a sign of strength

Development of Infrastructure Systems in the North must be coordinated.

The raw material industries in Northern Sweden has joined forces to promote development of the railroad systems in the Nordic Arctics

Bo Krogvig

Senior Vice President Communcation and Public Affairs, LKAB

Kaunis Iron – sustainable logistic challenges

The presentation will give an overview of the challenges we face to create an effective and sustainable transport system in the short-and long term perspective.

Lars Wallgren
Head of Logistics at Kaunis Iron, with a background in the steel-, automotive- and construction industry at SSAB, Scania and Lindbäcks Bygg


Key factors for sustainable and effective freight transport

Stefan will talk about important factors to improve freight transport and logistics. As a starting point the freight transport must be cost effective and sustainable. He will not only stress the need for a higher infrastructure standard to meet the industries demand for effective freight transport, but also other measures to make in the short run to improve freight transport efficiency.

Stefan Pettersson
Senior Consultant, AFRY

Stefan Pettersson has dedicated most of his professional career to infrastructure and public transport issues in various forms at the transport authorities in Borlänge and in the private sector as a consultant. Some of the areas have been long-term planning, european-, national- and regional transport policy, market monitoring and organisational matters of the infrastructure sector.

A Short Insight at the Railway Infrastructure Development

Kristiina Hallikas
Senior Officer, Traffic System Planning, Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency

The Swedish Transport Administration – How we develop the infrastructure in Northern Sweden

The National Plan 2018-2029 with a focus on the northern part of Sweden and how we work to achieve a Modern, effective and sustainable transport system.

Annica Lindström

Senior Advisor in Infrastructural planning Swedish Transport Administration, Northern Region. Business area Market and Planning

Development of the railway infrastructure in Northern Norway

Both the Ofoten line and the Nordland line are important for Northern Norway and especially for freight transport. For both railway lines, measures are planned that will increase the capacity for freight traffic. The presentation will provide an overview of the current status and the measures planned for the years to come.

Thor Brækkan
Director Region North Bane NOR

Thor Brækkan is director for the Northern Region in Bane NOR Infrastructure Division. Region Nord covers all railway lines in Norway north of Eidsvoll (about 70 km north of Oslo). Thor Brækkan has more than 30 years of experience in the railway industry. For most of the years he has been the head of different departments for maintenance and development of rail infrastructure.

Sustainability of Barents transportation and logistics – the regional perspective

The Arctic and its sub-regions have undergone significant geopolitical, environmental, economic and cultural change during the last decades. One of the main drivers in this are the region diverse and extensive natural resources and concerns on environmental and the climatic impacts of global economy. These two are in principle opposite, but they are discussed under the framework of sustainable development.  Yet, the BEAR governments have used the concept when validating national climate and emission targets. The presentation will give a short overview on how prepared the Barents Region is to adapt national emission targets.

Jussi Huotari
Project Manager Barents Region Transportation and Logistics project

Mr. Jussi Huotari is a project manager in Kolarctic CBC funded Barents Region Transport and Logistics project. He holds a Master’s degree on Social Sciences (IR) from the University of Lapland, Finland. Prior joining Regional Council of Kainuu, Jussi worked as researcher in Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki. His research interest includes Arctic governance, geopolitics, energy, transportation and logistics among others. He is also a member in Uarctic thematic network on geopolitics and security.