Nordic Safe Cities is an alliance working to ensure safe and resilient cities in the Nordics. Together we help our members develop solutions that create safer cities, stand against the rise of polarisation and safeguard citizens from extremist hate, violence and fear
Nordic Safe Cities was initiated and funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2016 and has since then brought together more than 50 cities from the Nordic Region as well as +800 experts and professionals together. The alliance in a non-profit organization with office in Copenhagen, Denmark
We build on the Nordic values of democracy, freedom of speech, equality, mutual respect and trust in tackling violent extremism of all forms.
We help innovate our member cities’ policies and practice by longterm 1:1 advisory and support and through cross Nordics innovation camps that unite regional and national partners to support the cities’ action.
We share and scale the best practice arose the Nordics at summits and with our partners.
We aim to make the Nordics a global pioneer region in the work to prevent extremism.
We create safer cities and communities through our six focus areas of action developed by our member-cities and assembled in the Nordic Safe Cities Charter all cities have signed up to.
Nordic Safe Cities Charter
FIGHT FOR LIGHT
We agree to bring light on life and build safe communities with trust, tolerance and resilience.
OUR URBAN SPACES
Safe streets and public spaces for everyone
OUR ONLINE LIFE
SoMe without fear and fake news
Families safeguard children
Young change-makers create safe cities
OUR CIVIL SERVANTS
Teachers, police & social workers prevent extremism
Civil society at the forefront of safety
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VOICES FROM THE NETWORK
As a whole, the Nordic Safe Cities network takes a wider perspective on safety in the communities. It is not just looking at radicalization and extremism but viewing cities as ecosystems with individuals within them whom we need to tailor particular solutions for different types of problems”
Magnus Ranstorp, Research Director at the Centre for Asymmetric Threat at the Swedish Defence College.
The threat of radicalisation and violent extremism is more complex than ever. For cities it is a matter of great concern to strengthen our resilience. One part of this is that cities work together, share experiences and learn from each other. In the Nordic context this is especially true, as we share many of the challenges. This is why I am proud that the City of Stockholm will host the Nordic Safe Cities Summit 2019. Our ambition is to strengthen our alliance in our shared work of creating resilient and safe cities across the Nordic region.”
Anna König Jerlmyr, Mayor of Stockholm
In the aftermath of the horrific terrorist attack on Utøya on the 22nd of July 2011; we all said: “Never again”. And yet it did happen. It is a strong reminder that this is continuous work. The Nordic safe cities network represents such a continuous activity.
Lisbeth Hammer Krog, Mayor of Bærum