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How to meet demographic changes; Appendix 2

A handbook for inspiration and actions in Nordic municipalities and regions - 2012. Appendix 2 - Technical notes for maps and data. WP 2012:10

The final version of the demographic handbook has now been published in Swedish and in Finnish.The Appendix 1 is only in English.

The handbook aims at providing a new tool for regional and local policy-makers to find inspiration when preparing strategies and projects to respond to the demographic changes in the Nordic countries.

The demographic handbook is indexing more than 150 Nordic projects that are responding to the demographic changes in the Nordic countries. The handbook is divided into four parts. Each part represents one index. In Part 1, the index key is geography. Four maps provide an opportunity to create a demographic profile on municipal and regional level in all the Nordic countries. The four maps presented in Part 1 in the handbook are also developed as interactive maps. The web address for the interactive demographic handbook maps is On the web page there is also a fifth map where the examples of Nordic projects presented in part 2 and 3 of the handbook are presented.

In Part 2 of the handbook, the index key is the themes in the projects. Ten themes are identified, such as health, education, and regional and local development. In Part 3, the index key is the methods in the projects. Seven methods are identified, such as cooperation, prognosis, and attractiveness. In the handbook and the interactive web maps the examples are only described shortly – a more extensive description and contact information can be found in Appendix 1. Appendix 2 contains technical notes on maps and graphs in part 1 of the handbook.

This is the final edition of the demographic handbook, published in June 2012. The handbook has been discussed at four Nordic workshops gathering regional and local policymakers and revised according to comments at these workshops.

Read more about the four workshops:

Workshop 1 in Stjørdal, Norway

Workshop 2 in Luleå, Sweden

Workshop 3 on Bornholm, Denmark

Workshop 4 in Lahti, Finland

The handbook is published in Swedish and Finnish.