Baltic Rim Economies 1/2019

Published on the 28th of February 2019

Baltic Sea – a unique region for security cooperation

“In the light of the overall global security and political situation, it is not likely that the situation in the Baltic Sea Region will remarkably improve in the near future. It is, however, necessary to work towards that goal.”

Timo Soini
Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland

What does sustainability mean in the corporate world in 2019?

“Sustainability should be perceived as an integral part of the company’s operations, taking into account the entire value chain. This is challenging, but partial optimisation does not yield concrete results when it comes to sustainability.”

Rolf Ladau
CEO of Paulig


Chinese investments in the Baltic Sea region

“While China’s economic and diplomatic presence in the region is accordingly expanding, it is not without controversy. Across the West there is currently a growing debate over unfair Chinese economic and trade behavior.”

Erik Brattberg
Director of the Europe Program
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Washington, U.S.A.



In rye we trust – Kyrö Distillery Company

“A group of friends had organized a get-together and a bottle of American rye whisky was being sampled while enjoying the sauna.” That is how the story of Kyrö Distillery Company began.

Mikko Ali-Melkkilä
Head of Sales of Kyrö Distillery Company


Baltic Rim Economies 1/2019 includes the following Expert Articles

Timo Soini: Baltic Sea – a unique region for security cooperation

Jānis Vucāns: The Baltic Assembly in the centenary year of the Baltic States

Wille Rydman: Reviewing our relationship with Belarus

Janika Takatalo: A shift to greener taxation

Helena Tuuri: On the Baltic Sea and the Oceans

Juha Virtanen: Finnish-Ukrainian relations since 1918

Johannes Remy: Russia and Crimea: Heroism and ethnic cleansing

Karina Korostelina: National resilience to protracted violence in Ukraine

Nina Hyvärinen: Protecting elections from hacking

Michael Kofman: Is a security dilemma likely to emerge in Europe?

Mika Kalliomaa: International activities are FDF’s daily work

Ely Karmon: Jihadist short-term threat to Europe

Monika Stankiewicz: For a healthy Baltic Sea, more needs to be done

Juha Flinkman: Lost but not forgotten – at least we shouldn’t

Rolf Ladau: What does sustainability mean in the corporate world in 2019?

Mikko Ali-Melkkilä: In rye we trust – Kyrö Distillery Company

Elisa Mikkolainen: Reducing the environmental footprint of shipping in the Baltic Sea

Tadeusz Palmowski & Maciej Tarkowski: Baltic cooperation in marine spatial planning

Jan Feller: Data is the new lamp oil

Ieva Tetere: Looking forward: Latvia after dramatic financial industry shake

Daria Akhutina: CBSS – Background and vision for future cooperation in BSR

David Skilling: The Baltic Sea Region: Looking forward

Alexander Sebentsov: Which lessons could be learned from cross-border cooperation? A view from Russia

Ivan S. Gumenyuk & Tomasz Studzieniecki: Prospects for enhancing transport communication between the border regions of Russia and Poland

Ruslan M. Shafiev, Ekaterina V. Golubtsova & Denis A. Maksimov: Marking of goods and the Eurasian common market

Erik Brattberg: Chinese investments in the Baltic Sea region

Alexander G. Druzhinin: “One Belt – One Road”: New opportunities for the Baltic Sea Region?

Hannele Valkeeniemi: The trap of neighbourhood – Finland’s image in Estonia and Estonia’s image in Finland

Thomas Karlsson: Alcohol trade across the Gulf of Finland

Annika Kunnasvirta: Sustainable tourism and heritage destinations in the Baltic Sea Archipelago

Lea Kivelä-Pelkonen: Responsible tourism – solution to complex challenges?

Kari Liuhto: The National Baltic Sea Forum of Finland in Turku