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Nordic Built Cities

  • Published 17/06/2014
Developing, visualising and exporting Nordic innovative solutions for liveable, smart and sustainable cities.

Nordic Built Cities


From 01/01/2014
To 31/12/2017

Nordic Built Cities is a lighthouse programme in the Nordic Co-operation Programme for Innovation and Business Policies 2014-2017. In addition, urban challenges play a key role in the co-operation programme on regional policies 2014-2017. Denmark is lead country for the programme and responsible for its implementation in cooperation with the four other Nordic governments, the Nordic Council of Ministers and Nordic Innovation. Nordic Innovation is also responsible for the design and management of the Nordic Built Cities programme.


The three main objectives of the Nordic Built Cities programme are to:

  • Encourage joint Nordic dialogue on important urban challenges related to physical, urban spaces.
  • Stimulate the development of innovative solutions, which address such challenges and make way for liveable, smart and sustainable urban spaces in the Nordics.
  • Promote these solutions in, and especially outside, the Nordic region in order to strengthen the Nordic brand and benefit growth and employment in Nordic companies in the building sector as well as related sectors.


The Nordic Built Cities programme is closely associated with the Nordic Built programme, which was carried out in the period 2012-2014. While the Nordic Built programme focused on the development of innovative solutions for sustainable building, the Nordic Built Cities programme focus on the development, visualisation and export of innovative solutions for liveable, smart and sustainable cities. The Charter is a joint platform for the two programmes. When designing the Nordic Built Cities Challenge, Nordic Innovation has also used experiences and learnings from the previous Nordic Built Challenge.


A qualitative study has been carried out to in order to obtain an overview of how we in the Nordic region perceive ourselves – our challenges and strengths when it comes to sustainable, smart and liveable urban solutions. The study consisted of interviews with stakeholders from all around the Nordic region.


You can download the report here.



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In October 2013, the Nordic Trade and Industry Ministers agreed on a new industrial and innovation policy cooperation program focusing on sustainable growth. Five lighthouse projects were launched for the period 2014-2017. Nordic Innovation is contributing to the realisation of the projects together with the Nordic countries.

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