Nordic sustainable cities – showcases



This catalogue is part of the ‘Nordic Sustainable Cities’ project, one of the flagship projects within “Nordic Solutions to Global Challenges”, an initiative launched by the Nordic Prime Ministers. The cases presented here were selected through an open call inviting stakeholders like municipalities, NGOs and local associations as well as companies to submit entries. The open call was supplemented with desktop research and interviews with experts to get as broad a range of cases as possible. All pre-selected cases were evaluated by a jury consisting of government representatives from the Nordic countries, who selected 54 cases that exemplify the ideas outlined in the ‘White Paper on Nordic Sustainable Cities’. The map below shows the number of cases and their respective location in the Nordic Region.

The catalogue was developed by Nordregio on behalf of Nordic Innovation, the project manager of ‘Nordic Sustainable Cities’ based on the criteria outlined in the ‘White Paper on Nordic Sustainable Cities’ produced by Nordregio.
Jury members: Ásdís Hlökk Theodórsdóttir – Iceland, Ellen Husaas – Norway, Olli Maijalla – Finland and Magnus Jacobsson – Sweden
Cases descriptions: Luciane Aguiar Borges, Linda Randall, Arne Kempers, Mari Wøien, Laura Fagerlund with the collaboration of stakeholders responsible for the cases.
Layout: Donato Lovallo


Download White Paper on Nordic Sustainable Cities

Fjord City: A waterfront urban renewal project

‘Fjord City’ (Fjordbyen) is a waterfront urban renewal project which provides a vibrant urban space for both visitors and residents in the City of Oslo.

Green and inclusive urban development in Furuset

The Groruddalen Action Plan combined physical and social measures to improve the worn-down, segregated neighbourhoods of the Grorud Valley.

Hammarby Sjöstad

Driven by the goal ‘twice as good’ as an ordinary development, Hammarby Sjöstad is a brownfield development in a waterfront area of the City of Stockholm which strives for low environmental impact and decreased energy consumption.

Hiedanranta Structure Plan

Tampere’s Central Region is currently home to about 370 000 residents, and is expected to increase to around 480 000 by 2040.

Norrköping Inner Harbour: Industrial heritage as an urban asset

The City of Norrkoping is revitalizing a former harbour-side industrial site, turning it into a vibrant and attractive living environment with more than 3000 new apartments.

National Urban Parks

The harmonious coexistence of nature and culture is characteristic for Finnish cities. National Urban Parks contribute to this, maintaining ecological corridors, biodiversity and cultural and natural heritage for generations to come.

A neighbourhood based approach to participatory planning

In 2010, a new masterplan for the City of Reykjavik was prepared, providing a vision for the development of the city.

University of Bergen, Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design

Bergen’s new faculty for Art, Music and Design united six faculty locations across Bergen under one roof while at the same time minimising environmental impact and improving the city’s resilience to climate change.