Tallinn had a proud moment last week when it came first among 14 cities in Scandinavia and the Baltics in an international tourism survey conducted by the Scandinavian Innovation Centre Norden. The survey interviewed more than 5,000 tourists who had visited Copenhagen, Arhus, Malmo, Uppsala, Stockholm, Oslo, Bergen, Helsinki, Tampere, Turku, Reykjavik, Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius. As many as 63 percent of respondents cited Tallinn as the city that most fulfilled their expectations because of its cozy atmosphere, while 65.4 percent said that Tallinn was romantic. “Listen to music, walk around the Old Town, step into a café or relax in a spa – in short, enjoy,” is how one Swede put it. In terms of a romantic destination, Tallinn was followed by Vilnius and then Riga.
The Nordic Innovation Centre is the Nordic Council of Ministers` single most important instrument for promoting an innovative and knowledge-intensive Nordic business sector. Their basic assumption is that each of the Nordic countries possesses knowledge, which through increased co-operation significantly will improve innovation capabilities and competitiveness of Nordic businesses. Today, the Nordic Innovation Centre is an important player in Nordic knowledge platforms within the areas of innovation policy, creative industries, biotechnology, micro- and nanotechnology, technology foresight, food safety, innovative building & construction, environmental technology and venture capital.