Kuopio Region is among the leading dynamic centers of growth in Finland, when measured by the variables of vitality and competitiveness. The region is one of the largest dairy and meat producers in Finland and, food production and research are among the best in the country. In terms of quality, milk from Kuopio is considered to be the best in the EU. High-quality skills and varied natural resources offer fantastic opportunities for new growth and renewal as well as the development of new products and services. The wood and food industries are the most important traditional industries. Additionally, tourism has an important role for the economy. Accommodation and program services provide jobs for many people.