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Our team thanks the members of the steering group and experts who made essential contributions to the completion of this study: Kaja Sõstra and the Experimental Statics Team at Statics Estonia // Triin Pärsim and the Jõgeva governament // Annely Grazer and Türi governament // Tauno Asi, Diana Vene, // Tiina Hallimäe and the Võru governament // Marko Teiva and the Tapa governament // Imre Jugomäe, Arvi Meidla and the Mulgi governament // Ott Valdma and the Märjamaa governament /7 Taavi Jakobson and the Estonian Ministry of Economy and Communication. // Kalle Kuusk, KredEx // Keiti Kljavin, Linnalabor // Veronika Ilsjan and the Vahur Tambaum, Maa-amet

Shrinking Patterns in Estonia

Depopulation has a tangible effect on the built environment of cities and regions across Europe. Once vacancy becomes socially unsustainable, a decision has to be taken whether to invest or leave the affected building stock. To invest in or divest from shrinking cities is the difficult question we’ve been asking local policy makers. Divesting because depopulation is the tangible outcome of no demand for inhabiting a city. Investing because the demand is low where the investment is low. With this text, we lay the foundation for expanding the debate and share a few learning points from the data-rich case of Estonia.

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