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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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.

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.

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.

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.

Head Office Paf Gaming Company

In the Nordic Region, buildings are responsible for an estimated 43% of all energy consumption. The new headquarter of Paf Gaming Company counters this trend, showing a firm commitment to sustainability.

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.