Trends, challenges and potentials in the
Baltic Sea Region

The report Trends, challenges and potentials in the Baltic Sea Region includes results from two monitoring tools, the BSR Territorial Monitoring System (BSR TeMo) and the Baltic Sea Region Regional Potential Index (BSR-RPI). The tools show the current performance of the BSR and allow for discussion on the development potential within the macro region.

A strong performance from capital city regions and Norwegian regions
Nordregio’s Baltic Sea Region Regional Potential Index covers 115 regions of the Baltic Sea Region. In the index, the region of Oslo takes the lead, followed by the by its neighbouring region of Akershus. The rest of the top 10 are the four respective capital regions of Sweden, Denmark, Germany and Finland, as well as three Norwegian regions (Rogaland, Hordaland and Sør-Trøndelag) and the region of Hamburg, Germany.
The ranking is based on three categories: demographic potential, labour force potential and economic potential. Although the indicators within each theme are given different weight, depending on their importance, all the main themes are important for a region to be placed at the top of the list.

The economic gap is closing but social and environmental challenges remain
The current update of the BSR TeMo System has demonstrated the changing nature of existing dispari­ties. At a national level, the east-west economic divide in the BSR has been closing rapidly. At the same time, all countries are experiencing increased polarisation at sub-national level. The sharpest divide today can be found within social development. The financial crisis also appears to have hit rural areas harder than other types of regions. The result is an increasing concentration of production, jobs and people in the urban areas of the BSR. Furthermore, major environmental challenges, such as air quality in the cities and eutrophication levels of the Baltic Sea, need to be handled.

Comments from Stockholm County Council, Sweden
“The co-operation between the public sector, private businesses and universities have since long secured the region with a large number successful multinational and regional headquarters as well as R&D investments. This has been the crucial key for the economic growth for Stockholm region”, says Annika Sandstrom, chairman of Stockholm County Council and vice Chairman of the CPMR Baltic Sea Commission.

Comments from Akershus, Norway
"Norway will have the Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2017 and the Eastern Norwegian County Network will also start their Presidency of the BSSSC in 2017. This will ensure that Norway both at national and regional level will contribute strongly to the cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region. The ranking is very encouraging and confirm that the cooperation we have between the capital region and the surrounding regions in Norway creates the best potential for future regional development.” says Mr. Lars Salvesen, deputy County Mayor of Akershus and incoming member of the board of the BSSSC.

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The results of the report will be presented and further discussed during the seminar:
´If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it’