The Nordic Art of Resilience

Photo credit: The Green Program
Photo credit: The Green Program

Sustainability. A word we have heard so often that it has nearly lost all meaning. Sustainability means that something is able to withstand stress and continue to exist. It may seem obvious that we need to build a sustainable future that can withstand increased strain if we all want to continue our existence. So why have we been working for the last four years to develop three publications about sustainability. Is it necessary to publish 600 pages about perhaps the most fundamental of all development? 

The short answer is yes. 

It has never been more important than it is right now to bring attention to sustainability in an increasingly unstable world. The Nordic Report series is an overall situation analysis and deep dive into the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 12 – Sustainable Production and Consumption, as seen from a Nordic perspective. The reports are an effort by SUSTAINORDIC, a network of six Nordic design and architecture institutions, to showcase good initiatives relating to sustainable design, architecture, culture and social development in order to inspire and encourage political courage and daring private initiatives. 

A large number of seemingly small decisions will have a large impact on our continued wellbeing, and we need both inspiration and knowledge to navigate a complex world. By highlighting pioneers within these areas, we hope to inspire more people to follow their lead. The Nordic Report aims to be an eye-opener for a national and international audience, and the three publications showcase Nordic initiatives in sustainable production and consumption from various perspectives such as research, policy, industry and society. 

The challenge in transitioning to a sustainable society requires collaboration at all levels. We have inventoried and collected the results of the ongoing Nordic paradigm shift. The Nordic countries need to stand united, and we need to learn and be inspired by one another and also actively strengthen our collaboration. The fact that the Nordic countries are at the forefront of sustainable development gives SUSTAINORDIC a special responsibility to carry this issue forward both at home and in the world. 

The Nordic Report has been widely disseminated through 16 events around Sweden and Europe as well as through Nordic embassies around the world. It has been distributed to politicians, from presidents to ministers, researchers and international media. The Nordic Report contributes to advanced knowledge and insights, dialogue, new meetings and collaborations, and shares inspiration for “the Nordic way” in order to contribute to a sustainable future. 

SUSTAINORDIC strives to be at the forefront of the work towards a balanced world – by disseminating The Nordic Report, we share and spread knowledge and inspiration 


SUSTAINORDIC is a platform and a network with the aim of promoting sustainable consumption and production from a Nordic perspective in accordance with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 12 as set out in the 2030 Agenda. The network consists of six Nordic design and architecture institutes. The Swedish centres of architecture and design – ArkDes (SE) and Form/Design Center (SE) are the project owners along with DOGA – Design og Arkitektur Norge (NO), DAC – Danish Architecture Center (DK), Design Forum Finland (FI) and Iceland Design and Architecture (IS) as collaboration partners. The project was started in 2015 with funding from the Nordic Council of Ministers. 

The Nordic Report 03 will be released in the autumn 2020. 

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