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New activities to promote Nordic solutions for sustainable cities

  • Published 03/05/2018
These Nordic events and activities received grants under the third round of funding in Nordic Sustainable Cities.

In February this year, Nordic Innovation opened for a third round of applications for grants for activities promoting Nordic solutions for sustainable, smart and liveable cities to relevant stakeholders from outside the Nordic region.


Now, six promising projects have been selected for funding after a thorough selection process. The total budget for the funding opportunity was NOK 1.5 million. We received 13 applications, applying for a total of approximately NOK 5.2 million.


As with the previous rounds of grants given in 2017, the overall quality of the applications we received was high, which made the selection process challenging.


Read more: These activities were funded in previous rounds.



The three funded projects


The funding opportunity is part of the Nordic Sustainable Cities project, which aims to promote Nordic solutions for sustainable, liveable and smart cities. The project is part of the Nordic prime ministers' initiative Nordic Solutions to Global Challenges.


The six funded projects in this funding round are:


Nordic Efficiency

The Nordic Embassies and trade council in Paris will hold a Nordic Efficiency masterclass on the Nordic governance model of ecological transition, district heating and sustainable construction in Bordeaux. This event will provide an ample opportunity for Nordic countries and companies to brand and network with different sectors in the region. A 2nd event will be held later during the year with the aim to establish viable projects in this region between the Nordic and French counterparts.


Organisers: Norwegian Embassy in Paris, Innovation Norway in Paris, Embassy of Denmark in Paris, Business Sweden in Paris, Embassy of Finland in Paris/Team Finland, Embassy of Iceland in Paris


Contact Person: Ragna Fidjestøl (Norwegian Embassy in Paris) -



Nordic Pavilion at Ecomondo Exhibition 2018

A joint Nordic pavilion will be showcased at the Ecomondo Exhibition and Conference in Rimini, Italy. The pavilion will help promote a common Nordic philosophy for sustainable, smart and livable cities in order to strengthen the Nordic brand within sustainable urban development. Activities held at the pavilion range from presentations, mini-seminars, match-making as well as networking opportunities.


Organisers: Innovation Norway, Business Sweden, Danish Consulate, Finnish Consulate, Babcock & Wilcox Vølund, Molok Oy


Contact Person: Rolf H. Sørland (Innovation Norway) -



Sino Nordic Urban Smart City Development Cooperation

A two-day Sino Nordic conference addressing the Chinese urban development market will be held in Stockholm with participation from key stakeholders from the Nordic countries and China. The aim is to establish long-term collaborations between the Nordic countries in order to promote and export sustainable urban solutions to the Chinese market.


Organisers: Sweden China Trade Council, Nordicflexhouse, Helsinki Business Hub, Healthtech Finland, Norway Healthtech, Norwegian Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Danish Chinese Business Forum


Contact Person: Elisabet Söderström (Sweden China Trade Council) -



Nordic Water Solutions for Global Challenges

There will be a joint Nordic effort to promote Nordic solutions and boost export of water technologies at the 2018 IWA World Water Congress and Exhibition in Tokyo, Japan. Activities held in the Nordic exhibition area range from presentations, seminars and other networking opportunities. This will strengthen the Nordic brand towards the global water sector as well as strengthening Nordic collaborations. The long-term aim is to demonstrate a strong Nordic presence at this event in order to set the stage for the 2020 IWA Congress held in Copenhagen.


Organisers: The Danish National Committee for IWA/Danish Water and Waste Water Association (DANVA), The Swedish National Committee for IWA, The Norwegian National Committee for IWA/Norsk Vann, SAMORKA


Contact Person: Anders Bækgaard (The Danish National Committee for IWA/Danish Water and Waste Water Association (DANVA)) -



Implementation of Circular Economy Solutions for Promoting Smart City Environment Using Healthcare as a Platform 

A two-day conference and informal gathering sessions addressing circular economy in healthcare and urban settings will be held in Israel in order to expose key Israeli stakeholders to Nordic circular solutions. The aim is to establish Nordic-Israeli collaboration and research on the resource connection between urban environments and city hospitals.


Organisers: TEM at Lund University / Nordic Center for Sustainable Healthcare, Upgraded, Embassy of Sweden in Tel Aviv, Embassy of Finland in Tel Aviv, Embassy of Denmark in Tel Aviv, AICEE


Contact Person: Daniel Eriksson (TEM at Lund University / Nordic Center for Sustainable Healthcare) -



ITS World Congress 2018

The City of Copenhagen will be hosting the 25th ITS World Congress in 2018 which focuses on how ITS solutions can contribute towards livability, greener environment and higher quality of life. A joint Nordic pavilion will be fronted during this congress in order to showcase and promote Nordic ITS solutions to a global audience with the ultimate aim of strengthening Nordic collaboration and to establish long-term international connections and partnerships.


Organisers: City of Copenhagen, ITS Sweden, ITS Norway, ITS Finland


Contact Person: Ulla Payreen Lüders (City of Copenhagen) -

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Nordic Sustainable Cities is one of six flagship projects under the Nordic Solutions to Global Challenges initiative, which is coordinated by the Nordic Council of Ministers.


Nordic Solutions to Global Challenges is an initiative by the prime ministers of the most integrated region in the world. The Nordic region promotes sustainability and progress toward the UN Sustainability Goals, sharing knowledge of three themes: Nordic Green, Nordic Gender Effect and Nordic Food & Welfare.

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