State of the Nordic Region 2018

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State of the Nordic Region 2018 gives you a unique look behind the scenes of the world’s most integrated region, comprised of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, along with Greenland, the Faroe Islands and Åland. The report presents a series of facts and figures showing the current state of play within core socioeconomic sectors, including demography, economy, the labour force and education. In addition, you can read about the latest developments within the Nordic bioeconomy, get the status of Nordic digitalisation as well as the latest on health and welfare, plus culture and the arts. State of the Nordic Region 2018 is published by the Nordic Council of Ministers and produced by Nordregio, an international research center for regional development and planning established by the Nordic Council of Ministers, along with the Nordic Welfare Center and Nordic Agency for Cultural Policy Analysis.



Urbanisation - Nordic geographies of urbanisation

From a European perspective, the Nordic Region is sparsely populated but also one where, in 2016, more than 75% of the population lived in urban settlements with more than 2,000 inhabitants. Moreover, population growth has been concentrated to the larger functional urban areas for decades, though, in 2016, around 45% of the Nordic population still lived outside these areas. In this chapter, an urban settlement population map covering the entire Nordic Region is for the first time presented which, in combination with other spatial data, provides new insights into the various ongoing urbanisation processes, urban-rural relations and small and medium-sized city developments in the Nordic Region.


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