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

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.

Bergen Light Rail: An efficient, environmentally friendly transportation system for Bergen

Bybanen light rail system responds to the need for an efficient, environmentally friendly transportation system able to cope with the limited space in the central streets of the City of Bergen.

Carbon Track & Trace: Informing climate decisions in cities

Carbon Track & Trace provides cities with the means to accurately measure their carbon emissions and monitor their progress towards international climate targets.


The ElectriCity partnership began in 2013 with the aim of creating sustainable attractive public transport.

Växjö: The sustainable city frontrunner

The City of Växjö calls itself the greenest city in Europe and won the European Green Leaf Award in 2018 for its commitment to sustainable development and ambition to become completely fossil fuel free by 2030.

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.

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.

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.