GLOBAL CHALLENGES

The impacts from climate change are not isolated to a single site, city, country, or region of the world. We are experiencing these impacts today and will continue to for the foreseeable future. How we approach these challenges will define our success, both individually and as a whole.

NORDIC SOLUTIONS

In the Nordics, we have focused on public-private partnerships, pragmatic and incremental approaches to problem-solving, and developing a business case for positive change.

CONNECT

Nordic City Solutions is here to connect the Nordic business case for sustainable urban development with North American partners interested in finding shared value in local North American markets. We work with North American governments, cities, private developers, NGO’s and local businesses to connect Nordic experts to.

COLLABORATE

Nordic City Solutions will facilitate collaboration between Nordic experts and North American partners to help tackle climate change challenges in US and Canadian development projects.


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.

  • Andras Simonyi (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

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

Photo: Oliver Cole/unsplash.com
Even though Nordic residents consume more
energy per capita than the average EU household,
CO2 emissions are 50% lower due to the high
share of renewables and good development, such as
district heating infrastructure and modern biomass
Photo: Colourbox.com
Copenhagen has set the ambitions target
to become carbon neutral by 2025
© Pamela Tiller
Oslo has extensively developed charging
points for electric vehicles
Photo: Carlos Bryant/Flickr
Gothenburg, Sweden, has an extensive hybrid,
self-driving vehicle pilot project underway
Photo: Colourbox.com
In Iceland, geothermal power generates 25% of the
country's total electricity production
Photo: Yadid Levy/norden.org
In Finland, the so-called HINKU municipalities have
reduced their emissions by 12-18% in five years
by replacing fossil fuels with renewables and
curbing the use of electricity
Photo: Benjamin Soumela/norden.org

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Source: Nordregio, Nordic Council of Ministers

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, 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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