Larger cities all over Europe are growing rapidly and particularly the younger generations are moving to the big cities instead of living in more rural areas. This tendency seems to be predominantly noticeable in the small island communities – or is it not?
The project „Next Stop – Small Islands“ has investigated and evaluated this trend in Denmark, Sweden and Finland. Focus was on (a) job creation and business development, and (b) working for settlement and island branding. The project investigated these two areas using workshops and analysis. The workshops consisted of inhabitants from small island communities sharing experience and knowledge. This was followed by an analysis of the demographic development, including age and gender parameters of small island populations.
The full report (with a summary in English on pages 28-30) can be found here: http://www.danske-smaaoer.dk/images/Next_stop_A4_skaerm_rapport.pdf