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.

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.


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

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.

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.

Norrköping Inner Harbour: Industrial heritage as an urban asset

The City of Norrkoping is revitalizing a former harbour-side industrial site, turning it into a vibrant and attractive living environment with more than 3000 new apartments.

Kiruna: A City on the Move

Kiruna municipality, together with the mining company LKAB, are working in careful consultation with residents to move the entire city centre three kilometres east.