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

Allas Sea Pool: A downtown oasis

Located in the heart of Helsinki beside the famous market square, Allas Sea Pool combines traditional Finnish spa culture with modern urban life.

CityPlanner: A tool for participatory planning

CityPlanner supports large scale visualisation, allowing anyone to create scenes in a virtual 3D model of a district, city or even a whole nation. The tool can be used to develop life-like plans and scenarios, and test out ideas.

Harpa Concert Hall & Conference Centre

Harpa Concert Hall & Conference Centre is an iconic building on the Reykjavik waterfront. Its transparent and reflective façade allows the building to interact with its dramatic natural surroundings and is welcoming to passers-by.

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.

Kiruna: A City on the Move

Kiruna municipality, together with the mining company LKAB, are working in careful consultation with residents to move the entire city centre three kilometres east.

The Nordic House: A Faroese cultural hub

The Nordic House provides a place for the Faroese people to participate in activities and engage with Faroese and Scandinavian culture and art.

Head Office Paf Gaming Company

In the Nordic Region, buildings are responsible for an estimated 43% of all energy consumption. The new headquarter of Paf Gaming Company counters this trend, showing a firm commitment to sustainability.

Pilestredet Park: Sustainable Urban Development

Following the relocation of the Norwegian National Hospital, Pilestredet Park has been redeveloped as a beacon of sustainable urban development.