- Joensuu region is situated in North Karelia in Eastern Finland. Joensuu is the administrative center with 74.000 inhabitants. Service sector covers over two thirds and manu- facturing over one fifth of working places in year 2010.
- The rural landscape of the region is dominated by forest areas and several large lakes which are part of the Saimaa water system connected to the Baltic Sea.
- Local cultural life is based on the activity of voluntary associations.