Nordic Council of Shopping Centers (NCSC) is the organization representing the Shopping Center industry in the Nordic market. Founded in 1985, NCSC today has approximately 1 200 members mainly from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden plus Iceland, Latvia and UK. The list of members include a wide variety of interest groups, ranging from real estate companies, bankers, investors, center managers, retailers, service industries, trade associations and city planners, to government and municipal authorities.

The NCSC Board consists of 16 elected members, four permanent plus 2 substitutes from each major country. The full board meets twice a year, including the annual meeting. The national Steering Committee in accordance to activity load. See under each National Steering Committee for all the elected members. If you are interested to be a part of the board driving the organisation forward and maybe work with some special topics or activities that you think is important for the Nordic Shopping association, please contact the Nomination Committee to show your interest.

Wilner Andersson AGORA

Wilner Anderson
President NCSC

NCSC works for a continuous development of the Nordic shopping center business as an integrated part of society. Professionalism gives the business high status. Nordic Council of Shopping Centers brings together all the different interest groups involved in shopping centers and creates a neutral ground for professional discussions. Through promoting an increased cooperation between the investors, landlords, tenants, public authorities and politicians, NCSC furthers the establishing and developing of both attractive and well functioning shopping centers in all member countries.

Conferences, study tours and education
Every year NCSC holds two major Nordic conferences on different topics relevant to the shopping center industry. On top of that, each member country has national meetings on topics of more regional character. There is also a yearly study tour for inspiration and updating on what is happening in our business abroad. NCSC offers a University Education in Advanced Center Management for the Nordic market. This course is a truly pan-Nordic cooperation with the four prestigious universities; KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, CBS Copenhagen Business School, BI Norwegian Business School in Oslo and Aalto University in Helsinki.

Benchmarking and information
An important channel for exchange of experience, NCSC also brings about personal contacts between Nordic and international colleagues and counterparts. With the mother-organization ICSC, The International Council of Shopping Centers, NCSC works as an intermediary to the worldwide network spanning over some 60.000 members in various National Councils throughout the world.

The common language for NCSC is not English as one may believe. The Scandinavian countries have a long history of inter trade and communication. The Danish, Norwegian and Swedish languages are all of Germanic origin and fairly alike. They understand one anothers tongue. Finnish however, is of Ugrian origin, but 5,5% of the Finnish people have Swedish as their mother tongue and many more have taken Swedish at school. Hence Swedish is the common denominator.

The combined size and maturity of the Nordic shopping center industry is maybe surprising to some. In fact, the first purposely built enclosed shopping center in the world is not to be found in the USA. It is instead Shopping that opened October 1955 in the small town of Luleå in the very north of Sweden. And the developments have continued ever since so the region has the highest shopping center density in Europe.

The Scandinavian Shopping Center Industry in Brief
The four countries Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden cover an area of 1.155.145 square kilometers. Total population amounts to 25,6 million people with an average PPS – Eurostat GDP per capita in Purchasing Power Standards – of 141 when EU average is 100. GDP growth forecast for the four countries in 2013 average 1,3%, whereas the Eurozone average is -0,4. Retail turnover growth for 2012 averaged 2,5% where EU average was -2,2%. The Scandinavians still spend around € 1800 per person a year in a shopping center alone. The area comprises of 768 centers with a minimum of 5000 square meters of GLA.

Shopping center definitions vary some in between the countries. Finland only counts enclosed centers and the anchor cannot be larger than maximum 50% of the total GLA. Office space and storage often included. Denmark and Norway often include common area in their GLA and Norway sometimes includes parking constructions. Sweden has a large number of retail parks or hybrid centers included in the numbers above, but no common areas, parking or offices. Shop-in-store department stores are included except for in Finland.

Real Estate owners and management companies
Many shopping center owners are pan-Nordic. Citycon Oyj, has 39 centers covering 700.000 m2 of GLA in FIN, SE & DK plus 90.000 m2 in EST, LIT. Steen & Strøm ASA has 30 centers covering 835.000 m2 GLA in DK, NO and SE, plus 272.400 in management in DK. Olav Thon has 21 centers in NO and SE covering 644.000 m2. Unibail-Rodamco has 9 centers covering 366.200 m2 in SE, FI, DK. Olav Thon is also part owner of Amfi Eiendom AS who has 26 fully owned and 4 part owned centers in Norway, plus 42 more in management. Sektor Eiendom has 32 centers in management whereof some 20 owned. Steen & Ström, KF Fastigheter, Atrium Ljungberg and Diligentia are the largest owners in Sweden. Danica and Dades are largest Danish owners. Citycon Oyj is the largest in Finland. Largest management companies are Amfi, Steen & Strøm, Sektor Eiendomsforvaltning, Newsec, and Aberdeen Property Investors.

The economic crises 2008-10 left Scandinavian retail fairly untouched, with only Denmark showing a real drop in 2009. For 2010 all four countries had a positive growth and average for 2012 was +2,5%. Finland, however, seems to have come to a halt after a strong start 2013. Sweden and Norway have about 1,5% growth so far and Denmark again in the red. Retail sales in shopping centers have a slightly stronger growth than retail as a whole. Much of the stores in the centers belong to strong Scandinavian chains working all four countries. Multinational brands from Scandinavia are of course H&M and IKEA, but also Acne, Filippa K, Gina Tricot, Hope, Indiska, KappAhl, J. Lindeberg, Lindex, MQ, Nudie Jeans, Odd Molly, Wesc, Weekday and Monki (all fashion) plus Clas Ohlson (electronics, household etc) from Sweden. From Norway is Varner Group with brands like Dressman, Carlings, BikBok, Volt etc (fashion) plus Narvesen (multi retail). In Wear, Bestseller/Vero Moda, IC Companys and Red & Green (all fashion) are from Denmark and Asko (furniture), K-Rauta (DIY) and Marimekko (design & fashion) are from Finland.

Above facts and figures are from year 2012/2013

The Nomination Committee is your point of contact and your channel to make your voice heard. Every year 8-10 members are nominated to the NCSC Board. That means that 2-4 seats on the board in every country are subject to election. In addition, there are several opportunities to contribute in the Boards sub-committees, Research, Marketing, Sponsoring, Activities and other.

The Nomination Committee depends on the member’s proposals and contacts. So, nominate persons that you would like to see on the board in the future – or nominate yourself – by giving a short summary on what the candidate can contribute to the Board.

The Nomination Committee will assess all proposals and contact the interested candidates. The Committee will then decide on candidates to be nominated and presented at the Annual General Meeting.

You are welcome to contact us for more information!

Country Nomination Committees 2017:

DEAS Ejendomsforvaltning
Finn Sture Madsen
fsm@deas.dk +45 39 46 60 28

N/A – Vacant

N/A – Vacant

Propdea Oy
Kaisa Vuorio, CEO
kaisa.vuorio@propdea.fi +358500667227

YIT Construction Ltd
Pirjo Aalto, Director, Commercial Development
pirjo.aalto@yit.fi +358 500 2013

Sponda Oyj
Lasse Eklundh, Shopping centre director
lars.eklundh@sponda.fi +358 500 458 694

Lise Lind
lise.lind@amfi.no +4793442442

DNB Næringseiendom AS
Jomar Asbøll
jomar.asboll@dnb.no +47 40078631

Ole Morten Lunde
ole@nille.no +47 97716106

Pareto Alternative Investments
Ulf Attebrant (Chairman Nomination Committee)
ulf.attebrant@pareto.no +46703791818

Apotek Hjärtat
Peter Hallberg
peter.hallberg@apotekhjartat.se +46 706644090

Gina Tricot AB
Jessica Syrén
jessica.syren@ginatricot.se +46708258869

Next Annual General Meeting will be held on May 10th in Stockholm and is a part of the NCSC Annual Conference at the Scandic Continental, May 10-11. Read more about the conference and register click here.

Per Nyborg Thomsen
Owner and CEO, ICP Denmark A/S
Country Chair Denmark




Marianne Karlsen
Center Manager, Datea AS




DK_Charlotte Sager

Charlotte Sager
Owner and Architect, SAGERarchitect




DK_Claus Tuchsen

Claus Tüchsen





Substitute Steering Committee:
Jacob Bannor, Commercial Manager, Citycon Denmark ApS
Jesper Andreasen, CEO, A/S Rødovre Centrum


Tuire Nyberg
Head of Operations Nordic, IKEA Centres Finland
Country Chair Finland NCSC




FI_Pia Rosvall

Pia Rosvall
Marketing Manager Forum, Sponda Oyj





Mika Ohenoja
Shopping Center Management, Kesko Food ltd




EA0B4343Jussi Vyyryläinen
Leasing Director, Citycon Oyj





Substitute Steering Committee:
Heli Vainio, Shopping Center Manager, Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers
Terhi Okkonen, Classic Pizza Restaurant/ Hangon makaronitehdas

Rolf O. Svendsen
Director, E.C. Dahls Eiendom AS
Country Chair Norway & Chief




NO_Michael Rask

Michael Rask
Owner and CEO, MR Group AS




Johan Storvik
Marketing Director, Euro Sko Norge AS




Carl “Nico” Nicolai L. Vold
Property Manager, Thon Holding AS




Substitute Steering Committee:
Lise Lind, Real Estate Developer, Amfi Drift AS
Monica Eriksen, Center Manager Oslo City, DNB Næringseiendom AS



SE_BO GustavssonBernt-Olof Gustavsson
Managing Director, Rexad AB
Country Chair Sweden




LIND ChristofferChristoffer Lind
Head of Shopping Center Management Nordic,




Fredrik_KolterjhanjpgFredrik Kolterjahn
Associate Director, Head of Research, JLL





Lisen Pettersson
Leasing Manager, Teknikmagasinet Sweden AB




Substitute Steering Committee:
Annika Schönefeld, Leasing Manager, ICA Fastigheter
Pia Hvalgren, Store Concept Manager, Lindex AB