Building up from scratch The development of Nordregio is closely interlinked with the development of a territorial policy for Europe. Indeed, the first publication by Nordregio in 1998 was ‘The Progress of European Spatial Planning (1998:1)’...


Interview with Hallgeir Aalbu, Director of Nordregio 1997–2005, currently Director-General at the Norwegian Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation. You were Nordregio’s first director. What was your background? I had previously worked...


Worldwide, cities are growing rapidly; half the global population now lives in cities and 66% is projected to live in urban areas by 2050 (UN, DESA, 2015). Between 2014 and 2050, a population growth of 2.5 billion urban dwellers is expected, with...


Fully aware of the development paths and the latest trends across the Nordic Region, Nordregio leads the way in mapping. Nordregio specialises in comparative statistical analysis of socio-economic indicators in three primary domains: demography,...


During the last two decades, the Nordic Region has experienced significant regional- and local-level demographic changes due to international and domestic migration. Nordregio analyses of the major trends and challenges resulting from these...


In 2009, Twitter was three years old and had roughly 20 million global users – compared to nearly 350 million today. This is just one example of the rapidly evolving digital age, which has impacted on how Nordregio communicates its work, and...


Globalisation and urbanisation, climate change and new demographics have profound consequences – not just for large cities and metropolitan areas that often receive the most attention – but also for small- and medium-sized Nordic and Arctic...


Every other year, Nordregio produces a comprehensive report: State of the Nordic Region, to draw on the latest development trends at the national, regional and municipal level. It presents an analysis of demographic changes, labour market trends,...


The successful integration of immigrants has become one of the top current issues for Nordic policymakers, partly because of recent refugee flows, but also since many Nordic regions need more inhabitants to fill labour market needs and contribute to...


The Nordic thematic group on innovative and resilient regions 2017-2020 aims to provide the Nordic regions with updated knowledge, applicable tools, and good practices regarding future competitiveness and well-being. Innovation has been the focus of...


The Nordic countries comprise five of the eight Arctic nations, and the development of the Nordic Arctic region is an important inspiration for many of the other regions in the Circumpolar Arctic. Over the past 20 years, there has been increased...


Sustainable rural development is an important topic across the Nordic Region, as all geographic areas are affected by change. Changes and challenges are inevitable in the global world, so how can solutions be found and how can change be transformed...


The Nordic Region is among the richest regions in the world, with vast natural resources, high levels of technological development and a prosperous welfare system built on social equity. But we are also facing serious challenges in many areas...


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