Today, over 60% of the population in the European Union live in urban areas of more than 50,000 inhabitants - with urbanisation as fact in many countries. Cities have always been the main drivers of economic growth and jobs, social change and innovations in government. Hence cities play a key role in understanding cohesion in Europe.
Therefore, this section analyses the performance and development trends of 80 major cities in the Baltic Sea Region by applying selected indicators.
Overview about the selected cities in the Baltic Sea Region.
How is urban economy, how are local labour markets and main demographic phenomena developing over time in the BSR cities?
Good accessibility of and connectivity between cities is key to enable people to take part in economic, social and leisure activities.
Innovation and education pave the way for continuous future prosperity of cities attracting people and companies.
Growth and prosperity should be equally distributed across urban society.
No economic growth without good environment. Ecological sustainability of cities and their surroundings must be ensured.