Regional, rural and urban development

Our goal is making all regions more equitable, inclusive and resilient. How? By putting well-being and living standards at the core of our place-based approach to policy and economic activity.

Demographic changes will likely further strain the trade-off between costs and access. Find out how efficient public service provision can be delivered while guaranteeing good access to all.

Visit the new Regional Recovery Platform. Interested in data on health, Employment, vaccination after the pandemic? click here...

Implications of remote working adoption on place based policies - guidance for short and long-term policy making to better prepare regions for what may be the new normal

COVID-19: read the Territorial Policy note and see how territories are impacted by the pandemic. This 4th edition ocontains a unique comparison of regional disparities in vaccination rates within OECD countries

OECD Regional Outlook: Addressing COVID-19 and moving to net zero greenhouse gas emissions through place-based policies

Recommendations on how to meet the educational and health care needs of rural inhabitants in the face of depopoluation and ageing

Compare subnational revenue, expenditure and investment with the 2021 edition of SUBNATIONAL GOVERNMENTS IN OECD COUNTRIES: KEY DATA

Find out how countries make sure everyone benefits from digital connectivity and that no-one and nowhere gets left behind

A broad-based approach to innovation can help unlock opportunities through innovation diffusion and upgrading of regional innovation systems and provide to support regional and national growth

What are the essential framework conditions for subnational governments to operate and maintain infrastructure and drive the recovery?

Find out how OECD regions and cities are progressing towards stronger, more sustainable and more resilient economies and societies

Supporting regional recovery in the wake of COVID-19

OECD Regional Recovery Platform

The health, economic and social impacts of the crisis have been uneven within countries – and recovery from the crisis, so far, has also been uneven. Understanding the spatial dimension and developing territorial and place-based policies is vital to supporting the recovery. (Best viewed in full-screen mode). Find out more

Additional workstreams

Supporting areas of work

Data visualisation tools

Regions and Cities Statistical Atlas

Regions and Cities Statistical Atlas

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Regional well-being

How's life where you are?

This web tool allows you to measure well-being in your region and compare it with 402 other OECD regions based on nine topics central to the quality of our lives.

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Regional disparities - compare your country

Cities in the world

A new perspective on urbanisation

The Cities in the World web tool shows indicators for all cities and metropolitan areas in the world with at least 50 thousand inhabitants.

You can view (and download) the boundaries of metropolitan areas and see indicators on population and built-up areas over time. Choose your city!

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Demographic change

Regional disparities

SNG-WOFI web portal

Latest publications

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