Nordregio Forum 2017: Sustainable and Attractive Cities – The Nordic model

Nordregio Forum is the annual meeting place for professionals and policymakers working with urban planning and regional development in the Nordic countries. It is a forum for exchange of ideas and trends, for sharing new knowledge, examples and experience, and for pushing national and regional policy agendas by learning from each other. We expect around 150 participants from all over the Nordics, plus international guests.


Nordregio Forum 2017 will be held at Vulkan in Oslo and will further examine some of the issues raised at Nordregio Forum 2015 (Nordic City Regions in a Global Environment), but this time from the perspective of small and medium sized Nordic cities. What makes them attractive? How do we create sustainable cities? Is there a Nordic model emerging? How can cities benefit from Nordic collaboration and export promotion? How do we create stronger linkages between the urban and the rural parts of our regions? The Forum will elaborate on these questions under three sub themes:

  • The Nordic city – opportunities and challenges for small and medium-sized cities
  • Smart cities and sustainable cities = attractive cities
  • Connecting the urban and the rural – local challenges and opportunities


Nordregio Forum is also an arena for discussion and networking during parallel sessions and roundtables. The results will feed directly into the new thematic group on Sustainable cities and urban development, established by the Nordic Council of Ministers – and the Norwegian chairmanship programme “Attractive Nordic Cities”.


Nordregio Forum 2016: From Fossil to Biobased and Sustainable Economy.



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Location: Vulkan, Oslo, Norway