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Industrial and logistic real estate in the Nordics - statistics & facts

A growing demand for industrial and logistic real estate is prominent in Europe, driven by the increase in online retail sales rather than in-store. All the Nordic countries saw steady growth in their e-commerce sales during the past fifteen years and more, and the growth is expected to continue.

Investments in the industrial and logistic real estate industry have generally been at a higher level during the last few years. The highest investment value among European countries in 2019 was in the United Kingdom, while Sweden topped the list among the Nordic countries, and was fifth in terms of industrial and logistics investment in real estate in Europe that year.

All Nordic capitals saw decreasing prime yields in 2019. In Sweden, where the highest investments among the Nordic countries were made, its capital Stockholm had the second lowest prime yields for large warehouses among the Nordic capitals that year. Yield is a measure of rate of return, and many different factors such as demand, quality, location, renting time can affect figures. The Danish capital Copenhagen had the highest prime yield in 2019. The lowest was found in Oslo.

With the lowest prime yields, Oslo was also the Nordic city with the highest rental price of large warehouses in a prime location as of the third quarter of 2019. Large warehouses refer to a space over five thousand square meters, and the prime rental cost per square meter in Norway’s capital city during this period reached 132 euros per year. However, the prime rental price for warehouses, and logistics and distribution space in the capital dropped slightly in 2020. Helsinki had the second highest prime rental price among the Nordic capitals, followed by Copenhagen and Stockholm.

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