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Rural Gala Highlighting Positive Examples of The Finnish Countryside

Tool category
& type


  • Other Events
  • Keyword(s)

    Awareness raising, Communications, Competition, Events, Information


    At its second edition, following a good start, the Rural Gala held in the Northern Ostrobothnia region (Finland) is organised by the Rural Education Association together with the Rural Network Unit within Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in order to bring into the spotlight positive examples of development endeavors in the Finnish countryside, bringing together rural entrepreneurs, active residents, and different rural development stakeholders.
    Prizes are awarded for the following categories: (1) Rural Community award – individuals, organization or even a company for long-term operation, (2) Country Insight – for new ideas, projects, events that brings into the attention the countryside in a new way and (3) The agricultural business - agricultural company that has developed its business in a new direction.

    & RDP Region(s)


  • [FI] National Level
  • Main purpose

    The prize awarding contest and gala is organized with the aim of promoting actions that highlights the rural areas in the region and that promotes individuals and organizations that carry out activities in this respect, acknowledging the efforts and creative ideas in support of rural development.

    tools used

    Website, other online media

    Target audience

    EAFRD Beneficiaries:

  • Farmers
  • Other rural businesses
  • Women
  • Youth
  • Marginalised and Disabled
  • Other EAFRD Beneficiaries

  • Rural Development Stakeholders:

  • NRNs
  • Managing Authorities
  • Other Government
  • LAGs
  • EU Institutions
  • Other Rural Development Stakeholders

  • General Audience:

  • Students
  • Youth
  • General Public
  • Urban Population
  • Rural Population
  • Other General Audience
  • Technical information

    Contest is open for candidates in Northern Ostrobothnia region. Gala event is held during one day, including seminars on representative topics. Representatives of Rural Network and local authorities are attending the prizes awarding ceremony.

    Date produced


    Cost range

    €10 000 to €24 999


    Rural Education Association

    Distribution & Promotion

    - The Rural Education Association
    - The Rural Network Unit of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
    - The Northern Ostrobothnia Centre for Economic Development

    Assessment of effectiveness

    The rural gala was successful for many reasons and multiplied. This kind of event is a very effective tool for promoting implementation of quality projects financed with the EAFRD. It mobilises rural actors ro recognise the values of their activities and to focus on communicting their results with wider audience, often giving inspirations for similar undertakings in other contexts.

    Name of organisation

    The Rural Education Association

    Type of

    Rural Association

    Partner organisation(s)

    The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry The Rural Network Unit of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, The Northern Ostrobothnia Centre for Economic Development


    Name of contact person

    Pia Alatorvinen


    Oulu, Northern Ostrobothnia,


    +35 (0) 44 568 1178