Innovative Northern European Smart Cities and Regions

Authors: Tommi Inkinen*, University of Turku
Topics: Economic Geography, Urban and Regional Planning, Europe
Keywords: Smart Cities, Innovation Strategies, European Union, Estonia, Denmark, Finland, Sweden
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM
Room: Marriott Ballroom Salon 1, Marriott, Lobby Level
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Cities and regions have a number of different strategies aiming to improve the urban environment and economic activities. The concepts of innovation and smart city development are among the key phrases or catchwords. These strategies apply to similar topics and the goal setting the present is very alike. The cloning idea is visible, even though similarities are probably caused by the European Union level strategies that function as guidelines for national policies and strategies. As stated, environment and sustainability are strongly present in smart city agenda. Therefore, studied strategies expand the smart city definition to include traditional problems of urban growth. This presentation focuses on generating insights from Northern European countries and regions.

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