This map illustrates the changes of number of second homes in the Nordic countries between 2010-2017.
The colors of the circles in the map indicate the change in the number of second homes between 2010 and 2017. Red tones indicate decrease and blue tones indicates growth in the number of second homes. In total, the number of second homes were growing with 4.2 % within the Nordic countries. Vestfold in Norway was the regions were the growth was strongest and the actual number of second homes in 2017 was approx. 3000 higher than in 2010.
In some areas the number of second homes are decreasing (indicated on map by the red colors). This map has been developed in the Nordregio project “Urban-rural flows of seasonal tourists – local planning challenges and strategies”. Within the frame of this project three plausible reasons for the decrease have been identified: 1) that the houses have been teared down or abandoned, 2) that the houses have been turned into permanent houses, and 3) that the statistics from the housing registers includes errors due to different perceptions on how to report (different opinion on what a house is).