Foreign economic activity
The Republic of Komi has multilateral relations with CIS countries and abroad, other regions of the Russian Federation, representatives of the Republic of Komi regularly participate in international and domestic forums, exhibitions and fairs.
The priority of external relations of the Republic of Komi is cooperation within the Barents Euro-Arctic Region (BEAR) on the integration of the Northern regions in the economy, politics, culture, education, ecology and other spheres.
Finno-Ugric cooperation is a real tool and major factor of ethno-cultural development of Russia. A variety of inter-regional projects implemented in the republic affect significant aspects of the Finno-Ugric interaction and aimed at solving actual problems, preservation and development of traditions and cultures of related peoples, creation of united information space of the Finno-Ugric world. Emphasis is placed on cooperation between the Republic of Komi and Finland. Its principal directions are: development of agriculture and herding, forestry, entrepreneurship, tourism, including training issues. Construction of the railway Oulu - Arkhangelsk - Syktyvkar - Perm, reconstruction of water supply system in Syktyvkar are among the main joint projects.
The Republic of Komi has established relationships with European countries. Since 1994 the region has involved in various projects of the Northern Forum.
Komi refers to subjects with a high degree of export orientation to foreign countries, mainly European countries, which account for 72% of the total foreign trade turnover of the republic, the CIS countries take 28% in this volume.
The main foreign trade partners of the Republic of Komi are Belarus, Finland, Netherlands, Poland, Germany, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Iran.
The Republic of Komi has trade relations with more than 70 subjects of the Russian Federation. The most closely they are with Arkhangelsk, Vologda, Kirov, Moscow region, Nizhny Novgorod, Moscow and St. Petersburg.
In addition to foreign economic activities the Republic of Komi is actively cooperating with foreign countries in the field of social development, environment, culture and humanitarian ties. Humanities links are being developed with the Finno-Ugric countries as Finland and Hungary. The close cultural and educational links exist with Germany, in the republic national-cultural autonomy of the Germans works. Ongoing educational exchanges take place with Norway, Sweden, Finland, Germany, the United States. The Republic of Komi has experience in implementing TACIS social welfare projects. In the republic a number of international environmental projects which have a strategic focus on the rational use of natural resources, sustainable development and biodiversity conservation are implemented.