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


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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.

Climate change preparedness through flood simulation

The Hydro Model (Hydromodell) was developed by the City of Göteborg as part of the UN “Making Cities Resilient” campaign to deal with the risks associated with future sea level rise.

University of Bergen, Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design

Bergen’s new faculty for Art, Music and Design united six faculty locations across Bergen under one roof while at the same time minimising environmental impact and improving the city’s resilience to climate change.

Climate Adaptation Tool PLASK

PLASK is a tool which allows municipalities to compare the socio-economic impact and economic effects of different flood protection measures to come up with the best solution.

A collaborative approach to storm water management

The City of Helsinki’s Storm Water Management Program brought together a range of stakeholders to develop a plan to respond to challenges such as urban densification, rising sea level, and increased rainfall.

Taste Aarhus

Taste Aarhus uses urban gardening as a tool to bring people together, activate underutilised spaces around the city and engage people in the practice of growing their own food.

The Climate City

The Climate City is a project in the City of Middelfart in Denmark combining climate adaptation with urban development and a new form of partnership.

Gladsaxe Sports Centre: Water on the Side-lines

The Gladsaxe Sportscenter is a leisure facility that covers an area of 230 000 m². In 2011, heavy rainfall resulted in flooding of both the sport centre itself and the residential area downhill from the complex.