State of the Nordic Region 2022 has its point of departure in the Covid-19 pandemic and examines how it has affected demography, labour market and economy in the Nordic countries, regions, and municipalities. State of the Nordic Region is published every two years and provides a comprehensive account of regional development trends in the Nordic countries based on the latest statistical data. Charts and maps on different geographical scales are accompanied by expert analysis, providing policymakers and practitioners with a solid evidence base for informed decision-making. In writing this edition of State of the Nordic Region, it was, of course, vital to acknowledge the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Given the magnitude of this crisis, a conscious decision was taken early in the process to make the pandemic the explicit focus of the publication.
Nordic cooperation is one of the world’s most extensive forms of regional collaboration, involving Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, and Åland. Nordic co-operation has firm traditions in politics, the economy, and culture. It plays an important role in European and international collaboration and aims at creating a strong Nordic community in a strong Europe. Nordic cooperation seeks to safeguard Nordic and regional interests and principles in the global community. Common Nordic values help the region solidify its position as one of the world’s most integrated and sustainable.