Vestnorden. A functional region?


  • Grétar Þór Eyþórsson
  • Gestur Hovgaard



Vestnorden / West Nordic, Region, Macro-region, Trans-region


This article discusses the issue of what kind of a region Vestnorden is. The need for such a discussion arises from the challenges posed by globalisation for the idea and construction of the West Nordic space, and the need to observe how this regional unit counters these processes. The article is based on an analytical framework which presupposes that a functional region has to consist of four elements. First, whether the space has its own institutions for decision making; second, how far there is economic complementarities among the involved nations and territories; third, to what degree they have common economic interests; and finally, to what extent social, cultural and historical ties exist between the territories involved. The article argues that there is an urgent need to discuss and reorient the institutional functionality of Vestnorden as a regional unit.

Author Biographies

Grétar Þór Eyþórsson

Professor in Government and Methodology at University of Akureyri.

Gestur Hovgaard

Associate professor in Social Sciences at the University of The Faroe Islands.




How to Cite

Eyþórsson, G. Þór, & Hovgaard, G. (2013). Vestnorden. A functional region?. Icelandic Review of Politics & Administration, 9(1), 139–154.



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