The OECD-STRING partnership

Building the STRING megaregion as a Green Hub in the wake of COVID-19

According to a newly released OECD policy paper, launched in Malmö on June 11th 2021, the STRING megaregion has a strong potential to become a leading European megaregion, internationally acknowledged as a Green Hub.

See a short summary video from the OECD-STRING launch here:


Building on its green expertise and high levels of innovation and quality of life, STRING could take advantage of current opportunities such as the construction of the Fehmarn Belt Fixed Link to reap the benefits of agglomeration economies and establish itself as a sustainable megaregion, states OECD in the newly released Policy Paper.

However, time is of the essence. Seizing the political momentum of the coming decade, including the momentum to support a green recovery from COVID-19, will be critical to advance STRING’s green vision and shape a future-proof economic model.

Do you want to see the whole OECD-STRING launching event of the OECD’s Policy Paper featuring 23 policy recommendations targeting local, regional and national governments? Click here.

Read the full OECD Strategic Paper here: Building the STRING megaregion as a Green Hub in the wake of COVID-19 (

In today’s connected world, new infrastructure and digital innovation are fundamentally changing the way people work, consume, communicate and move around. Regions and cities are increasingly joining forces with their neighbours in a new, larger scale of economic geography, where they can serve as gateways to global markets and leverage green technologies to improve public health and support more sustainable growth.

Within this rapidly changing landscape, cities such as Oslo, Gothenburg, Malmö, Copenhagen and Hamburg are relatively small when considered individually at a global scale. However, when connected to each other and to their surrounding territories through the STRING region, covering the area between Hamburg and Oslo, they can reach a critical mass of around 14 million people.

The Fehmarn Belt Fixed Link harbours unprecedented potential to bolster the development of a strong, global megaregion. The STRING region offers high quality of life and has a good potential to exploit its combined pool of knowledge and infrastructure to grow into a cross-border powerhouse. To reap this potential, the members forming STRING need to define a clear vision, a shared identity and an actionable strategy as a global megaregion.

The partnership between the OECD and STRING seeks to connect the dots in the STRING region by taking policy dialogue to the next level through action-oriented cooperation. The aim of the partnership is to pave the way towards the vision of STRING to become a megaregion in Northern Europe, globally acknowledged as a Green Hub and a leading implementer of sustainable infrastructure to combat climate change while improving the lives of our citizens.

STRING’s partnership with OECD resulted into a Strategic Paper, including 23 concrete policy recommendations for the national, regional and local governments in the corridor between Oslo and Hamburg, to achieve the vision of establishing a megaregion. To help chart the way, the partnership entailed a series of activities to build collective ownership from an early stage. 

The OECD-STRING partnership was initiated with a kick-off event on February 28th, 2020, bringing together policy makers from all levels of governance from the four STRING-countries, representatives from the Permanent Delegations to the OECD and high-level OECD representatives participated. The purpose of the kick-off was to provide essential input to the OECD on how they can frame an action plan and produce a tangible Strategic Paper.

A series of four seminars were carried out in all four STRING countries – one in each country. The purpose of the national seminars was to test drive the opportunities and challenges identified during the kick-off event in all four countries, tailor these to have relevance in each STRING country, and build inclusiveness amongst wider stakeholders. The outcome of the debates at the national seminars were fed into the OECD Strategic Paper, which sets out concrete policy recommendations, including a plan for short and long-term actions in the STRING region.

The OECD Strategic Paper was launched jointly by high-level representatives from both the OECD, STRING and national governments, on June 11th 2021, with focus on how to actively work with and implement the policy recommendations set by the OECD.

If you want to see the program from the OECD-STRING launch in Malmö June 11 2021 click here.