Nordic ‘intercity connectivities’ in a multi-scalar perspective

Established notions and perceptions of the national, Nordic and even European and Global urban systems need to be challenged in order to formulate relevant future urban policies. This is one of the main conclusions of this study on the Nordic capital regions’ national and international intercity connectivity.

Inspired by the work of the Globalization and World Cities Research Network (GaWC) and the POLYNET-study (cf. Hall/Pain 2006) on exploring connectivity values for cities through intra-firm office networks, a ‘modified Nordic-based bottom-up study’ was designed and carried. The working paper illustrates and discusses the results of this quantitative study, which was conducted between January 2010 and December 2011. The Working Group for the exchange of experience and knowledge development (Urban Policies) has functioned as a kind of ‘sounding board’ throughout this process and has commented on the preliminary findings.