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Urban Patterns of Growth

The Geography of Suppliers of High-Tech Companies in the Nordic Countries

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Urban Patterns of Growth was carried out for the preparation of the Nordic regional policy co-operation programme 2013-2016 and national regional policies in the Nordic countries. A key issue is the concentration of economic growth in the largest cities. This is favored by urbanization economies but also by the forming of specialized international networks of innovation and production established far beyond regional and national borders. Much research has focused upon these new global networks, leaving behind the question of the national spreading effects of the production that has not been outsourced. The purpose of this study, therefore, is to elucidate, via case studies, the extent to which the purchases of supplies and services from knowledge firms are located in proximity of the company or whether these purchases have spread to the remaining part of the country.

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Regional characteristics of eastern Finland

Eastern Finland is not a well-established institutional or functional region. Here, it is defined to consist of the (NUTS 3) regions of North Savo, North Karelia and South Savo. The regional centres of these three regions are Kuopio, Joensuu and Mikkeli, each having population numbers between 50,000 and 100,000. Among the 336 Finnish municipalities, Kuopio is the 9th largest whereas Joensuu and Mikkeli are 12th and 20th largest.

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