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13 Mar, 2019

Rural Development in Action – a New Issue of Nordregio Magazine

A crucial part of Nordic cooperation consists of exploring, comparing and innovating the socioeconomic structures embedded in the Nordic model – or where Nordregio is concerned: provide policy input regarding development and planning practices...
7 Mar, 2019

New chairman of the Nordregio Board

The chairmanship of the board of Nordregio has passed form one Norwegian to another. Bjørn Kristen Barvik has taken over from Erik Vieth-Pedersen, both from the Norwegian Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation. Here he outlines his vision...
13 Feb, 2019

Seasonal tourists and second homes boost local economies, but challenge local service planning

Estimates show that about half of the population in the Nordic countries now have access to second homes. Along with a growing in-flux of tourists, this creates a significant but irregular flow of people from urban centers to small cities and rural...
23 Jan, 2019

A growing municipality may not be all it seems – New grid-level study reveals people flows inside the municipality borders

Some municipalities show positive signs of growth, but a closer look at the statistics  may reveal another story. This first comparative study on a grid level (1,000 x 1,000m) between 2008-2017 in the Nordic Region shows population changes that are...
17 Jan, 2019

Amman, one of the fastest grown cities in the world, is moving towards sustainable city planning

The Jordanian population is constantly growing due to the crises in its neighboring countries, and the pressure of the refugee influx is certainly felt in the capital Amman. Rapid urbanization also creates urban growth in Jordan. During Amman’s...
5 Dec, 2018

Buildings retrofits are vital to achieving Europe’s energy and climate goals

Buildings are responsible for approximately 40% of energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions in the EU. An estimated 97% of the current EU building would need to be upgraded to achieve high efficiency standards. However, a number of challenges,...
26 Nov, 2018

Land use – from a new rural bioeconomy to urban agriculture

The latest issue of Nordregio Magazine looks at land use from two perspectives: the potential of the new bioeconomy in rural areas and the development of urban agriculture in China and the EU. A new biobased economy opens an almost unlimited...
8 Nov, 2018

REVIVAL kick-off meeting in Kazbegi, Georgia

On 1-2 November, the REVIVAL project kicked-off in the stunning mountainous municipality of Kazbegi in northern Georgia, along the Russian border. The project aims at exploring new approaches to study local and regional development in mountainous...