Urban–Rural Flows from Seasonal Tourism and Second Homes

Planning challenges and strategies in the Nordics

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Estimations for the Nordic population is that half of the 27 million inhabitants have access to a holiday home, via ownership, family or friends. People use second homes during the summer or winter season and increasingly at weekends; therefore, our analyses find that a continuous counter-urbanisation process exists in the Nordic Region. We conclude that second homes and seasonal tourists are primarily considered a positive asset for job creation, planning of cultural activities and provision of services. At the same time, the central challenges are adapting the welfare system and services to these large flows of voluntary temporary inhabitants. This motivates us to recommend policymakers and decision-makers in the Nordic Region to discuss whether municipal income taxes should be shared between municipalities, based on the locations of the permanent home and the second home. The main rationale behind this recommendation is that the infrastructure and welfare system could then be better adapted to the actual number of people who spend time in each municipality and make use of the local welfare system. Errata to the map Second Homes in 2017 (p.13 in the report): The statement “In total, there are 67 secondary homes per 1000 inhabitants in the Nordic Countries.” Should be “ In total, there are 65 secondary homes per 1000 inhabitants in the Nordic Countries.”




I den här studien undersöks vilka effekter som fritidsboende och säsongsturism har på samhällsplaneringen. Säsongsturism och användningen av fritidshus är viktiga aspekter i planering. Tillgång och tillgänglighet till offentlig service, såsom infrastruktur, sophantering och socialtjänst baseras alltjämt på uppskattningar och framskrivningar av den permanenta befolkningen. Säsongsvariationer av befolkning på grund av fritidshusanvändning eller turism saknas fortfarande till stor del i planeringsdokument och politiska beslut i Norden.

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