Kvarken is the narrow region in the Gulf of Bothnia separating the Bothnian Bay (the inner part of the gulf) from the Bothnian Sea.
The Kvarken Council is striving at developing transports across the Kvarken Strait with its traffic communications group and project “Kvarken Shortcut System". The project is funded by the EU Botnia-Atlantica programme.
The ferry route across the Kvarken Strait is the hub of the regional transport network. There must be scheduled line service across the Kvarken if regional cooperation between Finland and Sweden is to be maintained, and the route is also an absolutely necessary constituent of the “Kvarken Shortcut System" from the Norwegian coast to Europe and Russia. The ultimate vision is a bridge or a tunnel crossing the Kvarken Strait.