Kemi is known for its tourist attractions which make use of the city’s unique location as a seaside city in Finnish Lapland. The most well known of these is the world-famous SnowCastle of Kemi which attracts hundreds of thousands of international and domestic visitors.
Today, the SnowCastle’s special SnowExperience365 section stays in sub-zero temperatures throughout the year, providing visitors with the chance to experience the SnowCastle and white winter even during the hot summer months.
The Kemi region is home to four significant industrial installations: the Metsä Group Pulp Mill, Outokumpu Stainless Steel Plant, the Outokumpu Mine and the Stora Enso Paper Mill. Surrounding these central operators, there is a flourishing subcontractor ecosystem and industrial cluster.
For industrial companies, Kemi offers one of the most optimal locations in all of Finland. In addition to its own industrial cluster, Kemi is in short distance from the industrial sites of Oulu and Raahe, and from the mines of Sotkamo, Kittilä and Sodankylä. There are also excellent connections to Sweden and Norway.
Kemi is one of Finland’s foremost proponents of circular and bioeconomy. Together with the region’s forestry and steel industry, Kemi develops new methods for reutilizing waste and secondary material flows produced by the local community and industrial production.
The Kemi region accounts for about 80 % of Lapland's industrial production. Exports from the region’s companies exceed EUR 5 billion annually. At the same time, Kemi’s active development of circular economy strategies produces new opportunities in environmental business and circular economy, already generating EUR 200 million in annual revenue, and showing an exponential potential for future growth.
There are plans for two new industrial installations in Kemi. The combined value of the projects is close to EUR 2,5 billion.
Metsä Fibre has already started pre-engineering to replace Metsä Group’s current mill in Kemi with a new bioproduct mill enabling an annual production capacity of approx. 1.5 million tonnes of pulp. If implemented in full, the new mill will be the biggest wood processing unit in the Northern hemisphere.
Kaidi Finland plans to build a globally unique biomass plant in Kemi which will produce biofuels using wood, sawmill by-products and leftover bark from the forest industry. The plant will produce 200,000 metric tons of biofuel per year, 75% of which will be biodiesel.