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.

Stockholm Biochar Project

Managing the increasing amount of waste generated in urban spaces is a common challenge to cities worldwide. Since March 2017, Stockholm has been working to address this problem by opening the first large scale biochar plant.

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.

Copenhagen Harbour Baths

Located just 200 meters from Copenhagen City Hall, this former industrial harbour has been transformed from a polluted area to a clean, healthy environment for swimming, fishing and leisure activities.

Fredrikstad City Ferries (Byferga)

A political decision to make the Fredrikstad City Ferries free has dramatically increased passenger numbers and provided an important link connecting different elements of city life.

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.

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.

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.