The rural regions of the Nordic countries comprise an abundance of natural resources and a big bioeconomy potential. Sustainable development of these rural regions is important for the entire Nordic region. On this page, you can learn about our latest projects related to rural development.
Sustainable Rural Development
In the Nordic region, there are increasing regional imbalances between urban and rural areas in terms of population change, economic development, access to services, and social outcomes. The Nordic thematic group on sustainable rural development 2017-2020 explores these development paths and policies supporting or mitigating the changes. Find out more about the thematic group for sustainable rural development.
Rural perspectives on spatial disparities of education and employment outcomes
The project analyses spatial disparities of youth education and unemployment from the rural perspective in the Nordic region. Find out more about the project.
Rural attractiveness in Norden
The attractiveness project seeks to capture the reasons behind why people choose to leave sparsely populated / remote and urban adjacent rural areas, why they move there, and why they always have stayed there. Find out more about the project.
Rural tourism in the Nordic region
This project looks at the challenges facing the development of a more sustainable rural tourism in the Nordic regions. Find out more about the project.
Transport support for elders and handicapped in the Nordic rural regions
This project aims to analyse transport challenges and possibilities for the less mobile part of the population in the rural areas of the Nordic Region, elders and handicapped in particular. Find out more about the project.
MAMBA (Maximised Mobility and Accessibility of Services in Regions Affected by Demographic Change)
The MAMBA project aims to promote “people-to-service” and “service-to-people” mobility solutions in rural areas, as well as residents’ participation in rural mobility design processes. MAMBA is funded by Interreg Baltic Sea Region. Demographic change and limited public finances endanger the accessibility of services, goods and social life in many rural areas in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR). It is becoming increasingly difficult to ensure not only individual “people-to-service” mobility, but also the supply of “service-to-people” mobility (e.g. home care for elderly or various delivery services) in these sparsely populated regions. The MAMBA project aims to improve both dimensions of mobility through a number of activities. Find out more about MAMBA.
Urban-rural flows of seasonal tourists – local planning challenges and strategies
Reviewing the contemporary Nordic research on planning for second homes and seasonal tourism in the Nordic countries it is clear that the role of seasonal flows of people and the second-home phenomena is still not fully understood. Further research on multi-residentiality and the flows of people travelling to rural areas for leisure and recreation is needed. Therefore, in this study the focus is on seasonal tourism and second homes as a spatial planning challenge in the Nordic countries. Find out more about the project.
Health care and care with distance-spanning technologies
The Nordic countries face similar challenges regarding an ageing population and depopulation of the rural areas. This poses challenges to the traditional health care systems. One way of dealing with these challenges is to take advantage of the ongoing solutions that are made possible through digitalisation. Find out more about the project.
SEMPRE promotes empowerment in social service provision in rural areas of the Baltic Sea Region (BSR). Social service providers such as welfare and public sector organisations, NGOs and social enterprises are encouraged and enabled to involve end-users – namely members of disadvantaged groups such as single parents, the elderly or migrants – in the development and delivery of social services. Find out more about SEMPRE.
The project analyzes the implementation of the Agenda 2030 at the local level in the Nordic countries. Find out more about Agenda 2030.
GRETA – Green infrastructure: enhancing biodiversity and ecosystem services for territorial development
The collaborative ESPON project GRETA aims to develop a comprehensive knowledge base for enhancing green infrastructures to benefit territorial development in different European regions and cities. Find our more about GRETA.
Evaluation of Åland Rural Programme 2014-2020
The project aims to contribute to the better targeted support for rural development of Åland within the framework of the programme and to support a common learning process regarding to the monitoring and evaluation. Find out more about the project.
Evaluation of Åland “Entrepreneurship and Competence” Programme 2014-2020
The aim is to improve the quality of the Åland’s “Entrepreneurship and Competence” programme implementation and to assess its effectiveness and impact. The assignment is done in close cooperation with the programme’s administrative authority (The Government of Åland). Find out more about the project.
RELOCAL (Resituating the local in cohesion and territorial development)
Location matters. Where one is born and raised (still) determines to a considerable extent one’s opportunities and constrictions and it also impacts on one’s personality. After a long period of catching-up for most of the disadvantaged regions, inequalities among regions within Member States are now growing again. Find out more about RELOCAL.
Social Green – Regional Policies towards Greening the Social Housing Sector
The Social Green project intends to address the issue of green social housing in order to contribute to reduce the GHG emissions as well as to reduce the fuel poverty indicators in EU regions towards a lower carbon economy. Find out more about Social Green.
Improving Urban-Rural connectivity in non-metropolitan regions (URRUC)
This project aims to develop a transport policy toolkit for stakeholders to support transport policy decision-making and enhance connectivity between urban and rural areas across Europe. Find out more about the project.