Baltic Sea Region Territorial Monitoring System

Overall benchmarking - Results / Key findings

  • The BSR has far outperformed its peer regions in economic growth primarily due to the rapid catch-up of eastern BSR.
  • The 2008 crisis hit the BSR severely, but not as much as the NSR.
  • Despite rapid catch-up, the material welfare gap of the BSR is still in a league of its own compared to the peer regions. This gap is so large primarily due to increasing discrepancies in the eastern BSR rather than the traditional east-west gap of the region.
  • Three million new jobs in the BSR 2005-2008 implying twice the growth rate as e.g. in the NSR.
  • Post-2008 job losses in the BSR similar as those in the NSR.
  • The BSR inaccessible in comparison to peer regions, but gradually gaining in on them.
  • The BSR on the whole not as attractive to migrants as its peer regions …
  • … albeit east-west differences are marked: east is loosing, west is gaining.
  • The BSR lags behind its peer regions in the general health status of its population. Interregional differences in the BSR are pronounced in comparison.
  • The rate of increase of built-up surface is fast in the EU parts of the BSR in comparison to the peer regions. No data on non-EU parts of the BSR exist.
  • The air quality of the BSR appears not markedly different from that of its peer regions. However, no comparable data on the non-EU parts of the BSR are available.
  • Benchmarking the BSR against other transnational or macro regions by utilising information in the monitoring system is both possible and in all probability also beneficial.