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.


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

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.

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.

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.

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?

New tramline a vehicle for urban renewal

To improve the accessibility, social climate and housing conditions of Norrköping’s south-eastern districts, an expansive plan was developed including a four-kilometre-long tramline with an adjacent bicycle path.