Ground-breaking project helps neighbouring Scandinavian cities address mutual regional challenges

The innovative ‘Partnership for Growth’ project developed by Copenhagen and Malmö enables fruitful long-term collaboration looking to tackle common regional issues while ensuring financial independence.

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A map of the project and its influence across the two cities © Estate Media A map of the project and its influence across the two cities © Estate Media

" Never before have two cities from two Scandinavian countries come together in a partnership to jointly market themselves in order to attract business start-ups and investment. "

Copenhagen and Malmö municipalities

The main aim of this project was to work towards solving mutual regional challenges of high population growth and low economic growth comparable to similar metropolitan regions. Key to this was the partnership between the Copenhagen and Malmö municipalities and their joint vision of attracting both investment to the region and enhanced cooperation between local and regional actors.

The principal actions carried out consisted of a number of pilot activities to strengthen cooperation and ensure the cities roles as economic and demographic engines of growth. Via the Copenhagen Malmö Prospect website, a shared marketing platform of urban development areas was created in order to provide a quick overview of investment opportunities and involve other public and private actors in marketing the region. 

Joint strategy Copenhagen-Malmö 2025 

This strategy launched in 2014 is an important result of the project and is creating the conditions for long-term collaboration between the cities concerning joint challenges and strategic action areas. For example, the construction of the Fehmarn Belt Fixed Link, a tunnel that will create a strong link with Hamburg. In addition, there are joint initiatives on high-speed trains and the Cross-Border Metro between Copenhagen and Malmö.

The aim is that by 2025 these two cities will be an attractive partner on the international market, constituting a functional metropolitan area that drives regional development in the Öresund region across national borders. 

Additional employment has been created thanks to the production of the digital marketing platform now used by property owners and developers. This platform enabled the creation of a new private-public partnership for growth.


Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the “Partnership for Growth” project is EUR 493 386, of which the EU’s European Regional Development Fund is contributing EUR 246 643 from the Operational Programme “Öresund-Kattegat-Skagerrak” for the 2007 to 2013 programming period. 


Draft date

29/01/2016