Baltic Sea Region Territorial Monitoring System

Urban Monitoring

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.


Sample cities

Overview about the selected cities in the Baltic Sea Region.

Economic performance and competitiveness

How is urban economy, how are local labour markets and main demographic phenomena developing over time in the BSR cities?

Access to services, markets and jobs

Good accessibility of and connectivity between cities is key to enable people to take part in economic, social and leisure activities.

Innovative territories

Innovation and education pave the way for continuous future prosperity of cities attracting people and companies.

Social inclusion and quality of life

Growth and prosperity should be equally distributed across urban society.

Environmental qualities

No economic growth without good environment. Ecological sustainability of cities and their surroundings must be ensured.