Development of Cities in the Baltic Sea Region

Visvaldis Valtenbergs


The aim of this article is to offer some macro regional observations about the development of cities in the Baltic Sea Region. It is based on study that examines the development of 127 cities of the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) from 2005 to 2014 based on demographic, economic, transport, human capital and social indicators.  While cities cities obviously generate growth and jobs, perform good on educational front and innovation front, the research confirms that development differences across the Western-Eastern axis are still still showing. After the economic crisis, public investment dropped substantially relative to GDP and the reliance of EU Cohesion Policy raises concerns about the long-term development. In addition, poverty, and closely related dimensions, such as housing is becoming more pressing issue in urban development.

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Scandinavian Journal of Public Administration

School of Public Administration, Box 712 - SE-405 30 Göteborg

ISSN: 2001-7405, E-ISSN: 2001-7413