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Vitality-check for villages

Hinterland-project

Detailed description of the Good Practice

Vitality-check for villages is a online test.

Basic for the check are 21 attributes from 77 villages with less than 1 000 inhabitants. Every attribute belongs to one of the three main categories
(1)"population/demography"
(2)"local economy" and
(3)"social life".

Depending on the value of the attribute, every feature can range between a scale from 1 to 3. According to the defined 3 categories a village can score between 1 and 3 points per category. The maximum of points is 9, the minimum is 3 points in total.
The results of HINTERLAND vitality-check is summarized in nine types of villages.

The higher the number of points, the better the pre-conditions for managing demographic change.



Vitality-check for villages deals with demographic transition which is a much discussed issue in the public. Two important components of it are in focus: Less children and the net migration of young people.

Objectives of the Good Practice

The result of the test should animate and encourage the user to examine, what should be done to improve the individual situation of the village in question.The aim of the test is to provide the local planners and actors precise knowledge and thus to enable them to develop strategies and become active developers of the rural areas in decline.

The test allows

  • To survey: Make your own survey about important data of your village as a basic for further activities.
  • To compare: Compare your village with others from your region and from other rural regions in Europe.
  • To learn: Learn details from your individual demographic, social and economic circumstances of your village.
  • To assess: Assess long-term perspectives of your village.
  • To act: What needs to be done next?

The test is available online for all users.



Participants of the Good Practice

The Vitality-check for villages has been developed in the Interreg IIIB project called Hinterland -Potentials for a Spatial Development under the Aspects of Decline. The partners included sevearl local and regionla authorities around the Baltic Sea Region.

The HINTERLAND-project examined 77 villages from 11 European regions since January 2007 as a basis for the Vitality check and its results (village typologies).

Each village/planner etc doing the test will carry out the following data investigation:
1. Query at municipality (Data from official statistics from municipal administration).
2. Own queries (from kitchen table or combined with a village walk)

The collected information needs to be inserted then to a data template in order to receive the local analyses.

Target group of the Good Practice

The Vitality check is meant for the actors interested in tackling the challenge of rural areas in decline.

Funding of the Good Practice

Hinterland-project was part funded by the European Union (ERDF.

More Details of the Good Practice

Official statistics do not describe elements of demographic transition sufficiently. This makes it difficult to find out chances to act against demographic risks, as these chances depend in particular on local economy and social life. Therefore it is necessary to complete official statistics with own investigations to close this gap.The test bridges this gap.
The requested data belong to three categories, combining official statistics and self collected local data:

1. Population
1.1 Population totally
1.1.1 Age groups of population in 6 groups
(below 6, 6-15, 16-20, 21-45, 46-65, older than 65)
1.2 Number of households
1.3 Emigrants within the last 5 years
1.4 Immigrants within the last 5 years
1.5 Households without direct relationships in the vicinity of
village (relatives living more than 15 km away from village)
2. Local economy
2.1 number of people in employment
2.1.1 number of people in employment in agriculture/forestry
2.2 number of unemployed
2.3 number of enterprises in village
2.3.1 number of enterprises in agriculture/forestry incl. sideline
2.3.2 number of enterprises with strong touristic relevance
3. Social activities
3.1 number of locally active groups and clubs
3.2 number of group/club members
3.2.1 number of group/club members with age less than 45

Documentation and documents

Vitality-check for villages is online: http://hinterland.krc.karelia.ru/index.php?plang=e

Hinterland project website: http://www.hinterland-info.net/

Available files

Contact details

Data sources and references

Vitality-check for villages online: http://hinterland.krc.karelia.ru/index.php?plang=e

Hinterland project website: http://www.hinterland-info.net/