This report presents an assessment of the creative sector support needs in the Northern Finland (Lapland and North Ostrobothnia) region. The region has strengths it can build on, but also a number of challenges limiting the development of the creative sector. The key findings inform a number of recommendations made in the final section to support the future development of the creative sector in Northern Finland. We also discuss strengths of the region and outline good practice examples of innovative initiatives, projects and supports. This part of the analysis can provide insights for other peripheral regions to inform approaches to creative sector development.