Trøndelag Region has an innovative and internationally competitive business sector. The region is also known as Norway’s technological capital with Scandinavia’s biggest research institution SINTEF located in Trondheim. Therefore, new technology plays a central role in the development and internationalizing of the business sector. The region’s companies, especially small and medium sized companies, have in the past years had high focus on export. Multiple of the research intensive Trøndelag companies have been involved in EU projects, and in that way have established themselves on the foreign market.
With coastal areas ideal for fishing and aquaculture, as well as fertile grounds and a flat inland the Mid-Norway region has long traditions in the agrarian sector. The most important sectors in the region today is energy and industry, in addition to fisheries and agriculture.
In cooperation with the R&D sector, Mid-Norwegian companies has built a strong centers of excellence on offshore technology. Norway’s largest gas field, Troll, is a result of this cooperation between R&D and business. In addition, the supply industry in Mid-Norway has contributed heavily to both the building of the Ormen Lange and Kristin-fields. The petroleum activity on the Norwegian continental shelf, and in the Norwegian Sea in particular, will be important for business in Mid-Norway the next 100 years. The petroleum activity in the Norwegian Sea creates contracts for business in Mid-Norway worth several billions annualy.
The industry in Mid-Norway has long traditions and a proud history. Mid-Norwegian industry is modern and forward looking but at the same time it is built on strong traditions and unique knowledge. In addition to a comprehensive industrial activity in Trondheim, there are strong industry centers and key enterprises in Leksvik, Rissa, Verdal, Stjørdal and Orkanger.
Fishing and aquaculture represent significant export values for Mid-Norway. Fishery and the aquaculture industry is a major business sector in Nord-Trøndelag and will continue to be in the foreseeable future. From the humble beginnings 30 years ago, fish farming has become a significant industry that prevents depopulation and creates local jobs. Hitra and Frøya in Sør-Trøndelag, as well as Vikna and Flatanger in Nord-Trøndelag have key enterprises based on fishery and aquaculture.
The rationalization process has been present in agriculture for many years and it has led to fewer and larger farms. Agriculture and farming are cornerstones for employment and settlement in Mid-Norway. The Innherred area has tradionally been the center for farming in Mid-Norway.
Food and Tourism
Food and tourism are important business sectors in Mid-Norway, and in Mid-Norway’s counties where joint ventures say that “creativity, art, and culture will contribute to development and value creation”. In Trøndelag Region, you can find various approaches to tourism, but commonly it is a blend of nature, history, and cultural traditions, in addition to cultural tourism such as film, festivals, and cultural monuments. Locally produced food is also a part of tourism.
Mid-Norway has a traditional and distinct food tradition, and may be called a food region. Mid-Norway is known for its commodities of high quality and focus on local food, for example the “Bondevettprisen 2013” was won by Rørosmat. Every year Norway’s biggest food festival is organized in Mid-Norway with Oi!, Mid-Norwegian food and drink is a principal part. Oi! plays a central role in further developing Mid-Norway’s food region, and has a goal to promote Mid-Norwegian food culture locally, nationally, and internationally. As a step to promote Mid-Norwegian food abroad, OI! coordinates Mid-Norway’s particiation on the world’s biggest food and agricultural exhibition: Grüne Woche i Berlin.