GLOBAL CHALLENGES
Some of the challenges that Nordic cities face - unsustainable resource consumption, pollution, segregation, challenges for health, safety and the environment - are not unique to the region, but found all over the world.
NORDIC SOLUTIONS
In the Nordic region, we offer high quality urban solutions based on our Nordic strengths such as good governance, public-private partnerships, environmental and social consciousness as well as openess to test new technologies.
CONNECT
To connect Nordic solutions with relevant markets, the Nordic Council of Ministers formed the initiative Nordic Sustainable Cities. The project is managed by the five Nordic country trade promotion organizations within North America. The five Nordic countries are; Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland.
THREE REGIONS
We focus on three regions globally; North America, China and India.
The goal is for Nordic businesses to help cities in these export regions become more sustainable through local engagement of cities by the Nordic trade promotion organizations and Nordic companies to help solve like-minded challenges.

Supported by the Nordic Prime Ministers


Nordic City Solutions is a public-private platform facilitated by the Nordic Trade Promotion Organizations in order to share specific business expertise in healthy, resilient and smart cities in three major markets around the world:
- North America
- China
- India

It is a top-down initiative that is supported by the Nordic Prime Minister’s and managed through Nordic Council of Ministers, the official inter-governmental cooperation body in the Nordics and Nordic Innovation.

This project is financed by Nordic Innovation through the Nordic Sustainable Cities project, which is a flagship project under the Nordic prime ministers' initiative Nordic Solutions to Global Challenges.


Learn more about our work in the three markets:


  • Andras Simonyi </br> From the book Nordic Ways

    No nations have come so far in providing that decoupling ecological degradation and climate change from economic growth is possible, yet still have good living conditions in advanced societies.

    Andras Simonyi
    From the book Nordic Ways

THE NORDIC COUNTRIES

11th LARGEST ECONOMY IN THE WORLD

The Nordic region is the 11th largest economy consisting of 26 million people living in five countries; Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland. The region tops many international rankings e.g. when it comes to transparency, trust, the environment, gender equality and happiness. It also has one of the most highly educated populations in the world which brings many innovative solutions.

 
 
WHY THE NORDICS WORK TOGETHER

The Nordics work together because we share common perspectives such as trust in each other and in leaders, compassion, tolerance and conviction about the equal value of all people. All countries also have a focus in sustainable management of the environment and possess new ways of thinking prioritizing innovations.

TOP SCORES ON ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE INDEX

Since 2000, the Nordic economies have grown by 28% - at the same time total CO2 emissions have been reduced by 18%.

The Nordic countries are also at the top of the Environmental Performance Index where four out of our five countries are among the four highest ranking.

  • Stefan Lövfen</br>Prime Minister of Sweden

    We know that the creation of a sustainable society will always be a complex process. There is no single solutions but rather thousands of small steps that need to be taken.

    Stefan Lövfen
    Prime Minister of Sweden
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