The Scandinavian 8 Million City: Oslo – Gothenburg – Malmö – Copenhagen

juli 15, 2012 kl. 10:21 e m | Publicerat i Okategoriserade | 11 kommentarer

 

Train arriving at Gothenburg Central Station filmed by Håkan Tendell

In a future not far away, around 2025, 2030 or so, a new megacity will rise.

The North European cities Oslo, Gothenburg, Malmö and Copenhagen (sometimes spelled Oslo, Göteborg, Malmö, Köpenhamn or Köbenhavn) have decided to come together by building a high speed train link enabling commuters to live in one of the nodes and work or study in one of the others. From Gothenburg it will only take about an hour to reach each end of the line. There will also be a few stations along the line connecting other cities in between at a somewhat slower speed. For example the first stop north of Gothenburg will be Uddevalla and the first stop south of Gothenburg will be Halmstad, but of course most trains will only stop at the big four stations.

The preparations for the Scandinavian 8 Million City is a cross-border project co-funded by the European Union and is called COINCO North II (Corridor of Innovation and Cooperation). The corridor is also called the creative corridor because of the twentynine universities and university colleges, the fourteen thousand researchers and the two hundred and sixty thousand students sweating at those institutions of higher education. However, a society cannot be prosperous on academic discussions alone. Somebody has to do the dirty work and provide goods and services to citizens, tourists and worldwide customers. Luckily, more than half of Scandinavia’s industrial production capacity is alreday located within the future megacity.

The challenge is to attract more companies that provide services in financial, insurance, real estate, marketing and media business and make companies even move their headquarters to the Scandinavian megacity, also creating opportunities for brand new companies that can employ people.

On a global scale Copenhagen is ranked as a Beta+ city, Oslo is ranked as a Beta city and Gothenburg as a Gamma- city. Together with the large city of Malmö and all the towns along the coastline, the megacity could probably in 2030 reach the Alpha- city level.

It’s quite interesting to predict what could come out from all of this. Growth and wealth. Of course. But what about the cultural life? Will it prosper? I guess so. The more creative musicians, writers, artists, film makers et cetera from Norway, Sweden and Denmark can hang out together in the megacity clubland and its restaurants and cafés, the more new ideas can take shape and result in thrilling pieces of art.

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