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.

Baana, bicycle and pedestrian corridor

An old railroad (Baana) trench has been re-imagined to provide a fast, safe connection between the harbour and the city centre for cyclists and pedestrians.

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.

Housing First

Housing First began in 2007 with a plan to eliminate homelessness by 2015. First and foremost, Housing First is a principle – A home is a human right and stable, secure housing should always be the first support measure put in place.

Ii: Towards a carbon neutral municipality

The Finnish town of Ii provides a great example of how embracing the potential of renewable energy and sustainable development can be provide new economic momentum when other sectors slow down.

MaaS Global: Rethinking transport for the digital age

MaaS Global began with a simple question: What would it take to compete with the car? Owning a car means having the freedom to go anywhere, anytime. What if this same freedom could be provided in another way, a better way?

Maptionnaire: a digital tool for participatory planning

A demand for more public influence and engagement in the planning process triggered the development of Maptionnaire, a software as a service (SaaS) tool for digital public participation.

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.