The Arctic goes urban

Journal of Nordregio no.2 2011All over the world and also in the Arctic there is a clear tendency of urbanisation. Ownership to dwellings is also gradually changed from public to private. A housing market is established and Greenland is one example. In Russia, at the Kola-peninsula, the standard of flats in the Krutsjovsky styled blocks is increasing. The owners invest in their flats. A few people are building large villas while many are leaving the region all together. Jobs are fewer and the economical advantages of living in the High North are reduced. Attention is also paid to the growing housing-crisis in Iceland in the Journal of Nordregio no 2-2011, which has just been published. This will also be the last issue of this journal to be available in a printed format.

Last ned pdf: Journal of Nordregio no 2, 2011


Europan energy challenges

In this issue of the Journal of Nordregio we draw attention to Europe’s energy challenges and the possible scenarios that flow from them: Urgent measures are needed to help the most vulnerable regional economies, mainly located in the Eastern part of Europe, to cope with rising energy prices. Remote regions will have to prepare for higher prices for long-distance travel and air transport. This could easily have a negative impact on overall price levels and tourism, which is often important for local employment. Further, the European coordination of policy instruments on the local, regional, national and EU level to enhance access to energy efficiency measures should be improved.

Last ned pdf: Journal of Nordregio no 1, 2011

High-rise developments in the Baltic and Nordic capitals

The issue High-rise developments in the Baltic and Nordic capitals is a collection of articles on the theme previously published in the Journal of Nordregio No 2-2009 or No 2-2010. The theme is city centre densification and potentials conflicts. The old towns of Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius are all on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites and are challenges by new downtown developments in their vicinities. Reports from City Architects.

Last ned pdf: Special issue of the Journal of Nordregio – only available in digital format


New Nordic Regional Developments – Migration and Energy A United Nordic Federation?

Until the global financial crash in 2008 economic developments in most of the world including the Nordic countries became increasingly dependent on innovation and knowledge-related growth. Measured in GDP per capita 80% of the Nordic regions were above the EU average. However, this trend was not maintained after 2008. It could therefore be argued that the time is now ripe for more regionally conceived and driven development strategies. This is one of the main issues in the Journal of Nordregio no. 3-2010. The issues relating to the current tendencies in Nordic migration, production and energy consumption are also addressed. The concept of a United Nordic Federation is discussed and there are reports from the finalisation of the project Regional Trajectories to the Knowledge Economy – Nordic European Comparisons.

Last ned pdf: Journal of Nordregio no 3, 2010


Nordic rural policies – The future of CAP and Coehsion Hi-rise developments in the Baltic capitals

How are rural defined by the Nordic countries? What is the EU-definition? What are politics of Nordic rural development? The new issue of the Journal of Nordregio has as the recent development in rural policies in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. We also predict likely changes in the EU’s Common Agricultural Policies as well as Cohesion after 2013. In the last section of the issue just out we bring you updates on the debate on high-rise development in the Baltic capitals.

Last ned pdf: Journal of Nordregio no 2, 2010


Värmland, High North, Baltic Sea Region, Global urbanisation

Diversified content; this year’s first issue of the Journal of Nordregio has just been published. The content stretches from tendencies in global urban developments to emigration from Iceland. Also contested views on the strategies for the Baltic Sea Region are discussed as well gas slowdown in the High North.

Last ned pdf: Journal of Nordregio no 1, 2010


– Växjö greenest in Norden, A territorial approach to climate change adaption and mitigation

Efforts to reduce CO2-emissions have a long history on the Nordic agenda. The Nordic countries in fact introduced taxes on such emissions back in the early 1990s. It was «out» with oil and «in» with rubbish and the leftovers from the forest-industry and even the agricultural sector. The emissions taxes put in place made such changes even more profitable. A practical example of this is the small Swedish city of Växjö, which has been acclaimed as the «greenest» city in Europe. See pp 6-9 in the lastest issue of the Journal of Nordregio.

Last ned pdf: Journal of Nordregio no 4, 2009


Northern Norden: a new mining era

Many parts of northern Norden are forging ahead into a new mining era. Future plans included doubling production of iron-ore in Kiruna, reopening the iron-mine at Kirkenes in Norway and also opening a completely new iron-mine close to Pajala in Northern Sweden. Both Sweden and Finland are also preparing new mining ventures in respect of gold, uranium and other minerals. Including Northwest-Russia, there are currently 42 functioning mines in the region. Within a few years there could be as many as 68. The basis for these developments is the enduring richness of the Fennoscandain Shield, which provides a geological structure ripe with assets.

Last ned pdf: Journal of Nordregio no 3, 2009

Nordic high-rise city densification: Oslo edges ahead

High buildings in Nordic capital city centres – Helsinki is most restrictive Of the five Nordic capitals, Helsinki is most restrictive with regard to allowing high buildings in the city centre. In fact, the first and only high-rise building in the Finnish capital’s city centre was completed in 1931. At the other of the scale is Oslo which is currently in the process of allowing a 350 metre long row of 10 high-rise buildings just behind the new Opera house. Oslo already has two huge buildings in the same area while in Stockholm there is significant pressure to again build ‘high’ in the city centre. The driving force behind the heavy densification policies in Oslo and Stockholm is first and foremost pressure from publicly-owned property development companies.

Last ned pdf: Journal of Nordregio no 2, 2009


The Baltic Sea Region Strategy

A new Baltic Sea Region Strategy? According to EU figures 106 million people live in the Baltic Sea Region. They constitute some 23 % of the EU’s population. The BSR’s aggregated GDP is however only 16 % of EU’s total GDP. On 14 December 2007 the EU’s decision-making body (the European Council) launched an initiative to develop the Baltic Sea Region strategy. The primary purpose is to improve the environment and increase economic growth while making the area more attractive and accessible as well as safe and secure. The fact that some 2000 ships transits the Baltic Sea daily underlines the need for continuing coordinated security-measures. The plan is that the outlines for the new BSR-strategy shall be ready by June 2009.

Last ned pdf: Journal of Nordregio no 1, 2009