Nordregio Magazine 1 2020

State of the Nordic Region 2020

State of the Nordic Region 2020 sums up the latest socioeconomic data on the Nordic region in a wide range of fields. Get a quick overview here of the main results country by country and read about the work behind the scenes of this major Nordic publication.

State of the Nordic Region 2020 was launched on February 4th, 2020. Read it here. 

Iceland has seen the largest relative population growth in the Nordic Region, Swedish regions have the highest share of foreign-born inhabitants, and Finland and Denmark have the most ambitious climate goals. Fertility rates are the lowest ever...


Key features for Denmark include the finding that more than one-third of all Danish jobs are at high risk of automation in the coming decade or two. Surprisingly, Denmark has the lowest share of renewables in the energy mix of all five Nordic...


The Faroe Islands have the highest employment rate in the Nordic Region and are highlighted as the only Nordic population with fertility rates exceeding replacement levels. The Faroe Islands have advanced seven spots in the Regional Potential Index...


Key findings show that the average household disposable income has fallen in almost half of the municipalities in Finland and Åland due to recession and out-migration from rural areas. The report also highlights a number of negative demographic...


By 2040, Greenland’s working age population is projected to decrease by 16% – the largest decline in the Region. The State of the Nordic Region 2020 report highlights that Greenland’s increase in bioeconomy jobs is above Nordic average....


Thanks to a dynamic labour force, rural regions in Iceland have up until recently performed strongly in Nordic comparison, and the pace of population ageing is slower than in the neighbouring countries. Iceland and Norway are the only two Nordic...


Oslo tops this year’s Regional Potential Index as the most competitive region in the Nordics, far ahead of the other Nordic capital regions. On the downside, CO2 emissions are increasing for Norway as a whole and fertility is at an all-time...


Income inequality is increasing faster in Sweden than it is for their Nordic neighbours and Sweden still has by far the highest share of foreign-born people in the Nordic Region. The State of the Nordic Region 2020 report highlights, among other...


Key findings show that between 2011-2017 the average household disposable income has fallen in almost half of the municipalities in Finland and Åland due to recession and out-migration from rural areas. Finland and Åland also surpassed Sweden with...


Finland has the most ambitious climate goals in the Nordic Region, aiming to become carbon-neutral in 2030 and carbon-negative shortly after. Denmark has just raised its ambitions, agreeing upon a new climate legislation committing to reducing...