We must all be able to live, work and do business in every part of the Nordic Region

The Nordic ministers for regional affairs met in Karlstad, Sweden, today. The Swedish Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers focused on having attractive, competitive and resilient regions throughout all of the Nordic countries – both urban and rural.  

“We need to make it even more attractive to live, work and do business in all parts of the Nordic Region and across our Nordic borders. is crucial for civil contingency planning, the green transition, business development and competitiveness. Regional policy, planning and Nordic co-operation play important roles in this process,” says Peter Kullgren, Minister for Rural Affairs in Sweden. 

Regional civil contingency planning

Climate change and the new security situation have made clear the need for the Nordic regions to be resilient, adaptable and prepared for crises – from natural disasters to negative external pressures. Strong regional civil contingency planning is an important part of this. The people of the Nordic Region must have access to transport, electricity and food supplies, as well as private and public services, even in the event of a crisis, including in rural areas. With this in mind, the ministers for regional affairs have tasked Nordregio with presenting tangible recommendations on how regional policy in the Nordic countries can help improve regional civil contingency planning and resilience. The report and recommendations will be presented in early 2025.   

Attractive living conditions and economic development in all parts of the Nordic Region 

For the Nordic Region to be socially balanced, green, competitive and resilient, it has to be attractive to live, work, study and do business anywhere in the Nordic countries. Living conditions need to be good and safe – in everyday life and in times of crisis. It is important that the solutions to the challenges the Nordic countries face in promoting the green transition and ensuring a strong, competitive and adaptable Nordic Region are based on the regions’ positions of strength and on local adaptability, A future programme for co-operation in the area will focus on these points. It will be launched in October at the Session of the Nordic Council. 

Making it even more attractive to live, work and do business in all parts of the Nordic Region and across our borders is crucial for civil contingency planning, the green transition, business development and competitiveness. Regional policy, planning and Nordic co-operation play important roles in this process.

Peter Kullgren, Minister for Rural Affairs in Sweden

Other items on the agenda

The ministers also discussed the State of the Nordic Region 2024 report about the latest demographic, labour market and economic developments in the Nordic Region from a regional/local perspective. Nordregio will launch the report on 19 June. The ministers also adopted objectives and priorities for co-operation on regional development and planning up to 2030, which will be published at the Session of the Nordic Council in the autumn.