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National Smart City Roadmap

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Over the past year, 150 actors from the public sector, industry and commerce and academia have worked together to develop a National Smart City Roadmap. The goal is to set out a common direction for the development of municipal Norway towards smarter cities and communities. Stavanger’s experiences with its own roadmap and smart city department were an important resource in this process. The roadmap was presented to a packed auditorium during Arendalsuka.

In 2016, Stavanger Municipality became the first municipality in the country to adopt a local roadmap for the smart city of Stavanger. Since then, a number of municipalities have been working to develop the direction for their smart city work and the way in which they will tackle the challenges relating to an ageing population, climate and environment and a changing working life. On the initiative of Design og arkitektur Norge (DOGA), Nordic Edge and the Smart Cities municipal network, a joint national smart city roadmap has now been launched for smart and sustainable cities and communities. 

Read the roadmap here

Same direction, local adaptations 

The roadmap was presented to a packed auditorium during Arendalsuka. The roadmap represents a common set of core values, common definitions and a common way of referring to the smart city work. However, it is important to stress that the roadmap is intended as a starting point which requires the municipalities and county councils that use it to find local projects and adaptations that work in their community. 

Six visions, eight principles

The roadmap is intended as a guide for municipalities and county councils wishing to use smart city as a method. The foundations of the roadmap are six visions and eight principles, which will help to prioritise the direction of the smart city work. The vision describes what we will achieve through the roadmap, and the principles give an indication of how we are to work in order to achieve the vision. 

Vision - Smart cities and local communities shall be:

  1. Attractive
  2. Inclusive
  3. Efficient
  4. Climate-friendly
  5. Adaptable
  6. Health-promoting 


The eight principles are: 

  1. Focus on citizens
  2. Think holistically
  3. Prioritise climate and environment
  4. Emphasise inclusion and co-creation 
  5. Invest in next-generation industry and commerce 
  6. Share and make use of open data 
  7. Invest in skills development, restructuring and innovation 
  8. Start locally, think globally 



Work on the roadmap has been ongoing since October 2018, with a working group and a reference group. The working group has consisted of the municipalities of Asker, Bergen, Bodø, Fredrikstad, Narvik, Stavanger, Trondheim and Ålesund. The reference group consisted of the Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development, the Ministry of Climate and Environment, the Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities (KS), the Agency for Public Management and eGovernment (Difi), Innovation Norway and the Research Council of Norway. The process has been led by DOGA, Nordic Edge and Smart cities. 

From roadmap to action 

The overarching aim of the roadmap is to promote the development of sustainable, productive and adaptable cities and communities. From the stage in Arendal, DOGA, Nordic Edge and Smart Cities explain that work on the roadmap is in no way finished, but simply in its first version. The roadmap sets out a common direction for Smart City Norway, but we must deviate from the roadmap in order to take action. This will require local anchoring, sharing and collaboration. Here at Stavanger Municipality, we are ready!