The Viena Bridge – workshops, tourism, culture (Interreg)
Funded by Euregio Karelia Neighbourhood Programme 2001-2006
Objective of the project
Based on the joint cultural heritage of the project area, the project was aimed at developing the conditions for nature and cultural tourism by strengthening local structures.
• to restore the old school of the village of Vuokkiniemi yo function as a workshop and village house for young people, suitable also for short courses and programme services as well as indoor sports • to renovate the Karelian-style building called Domnan Pirtti (Domna Cottage) to function as a cultural and excursion centre, with a coffee shop and dining facilities. • to compile a report about the state, demarcation and development of a trekking track at the eastern border for tourists and travellers, which would be a foundation for Metsähallitus and the local tourist businesses to develop services and thus strengthen the development of local tourist industries. • to organise a joint visible cultural event in both Vuokkiniemi and Suomussalmi
The renovation, alteration and investment work of Domnan Pirtti were completed according to the objectives. The building connected the building more tightly to the Karelia-parks and to cross-border cooperation. Metsähallitus, Suomussalmi Municipality and the Kajaani Orthodox Parish signed a commitment on tourist cooperation in Kuivajärvi and agreed on accommodation cooperation. The objective is a clear division of work and cooperation between the operators in the future. The report about the state, demarcation and development of the trekking track at the eastern border gives a foundation for Metsähallitus and the local tourist businesses to develop services and thus increase the use of the eastern trekking track and strengthen development of the local tourist industries. The purpose of the report is to guide the investments of the track. The village house of Vuokkiniemi was also completed during the project and was opened in November 2008. The village house provided proper spaces for the workshop, which will allow it to develop further. A working model for the workshops of Hanslankarit, HUMAK and Vuokkiniemi was created, and HUMAK has, among other things, created an education plan for the workshops of Vuokkiniemi (the operational and education plan of the workshops was also discussed with the authorities of Kostomuksha). The workshop model of Vuokkiniemi was made into a training video, and the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Karelia also participated in its creation and distribution. The cultural events on both sides of the border were successfully implemented. A seminar was also organised in Vuokkiniemi to strengthen tourist cooperation and develop the service structures of the villages.
AcronymThe Viena Bridge
Duration2006-11-01 - 2007-12-31
Total Budget / Programme funding174 168 € / 117 952 €
Lead partnerSuomussalmi Municipality
Lead partner web-site
PartnersCity District of Kostomuksha
Ministry of Education of the Republic of Karelia
Metsähallitus/ Nature Services of Ostrobothnia Kainuu
HUMAK Education Unit of Haapavesi