Municipality merger - #kommunebygger

Municipality merger - #kommunebygger

Organisation: Bergens Tidende (Norway)

Publication Date: 04/09/2015

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The Norwegian government wishes to reduce the number of municipalities during the coming years. A process that involves a lot of numbers, calculations and debates not always readily accessible to the general public. We wished to engage our readers in the debate. The aim was to create a viral discussion built upon traditional journalism. Using data visualisation and storytelling through the use of data, key figures, maps and elements of gamification inspired by a similar Finnish app from a couple of years ago. The #kommunebygger app allows readers to test and merge municipalities and instantly see how that will affect the population, political/election results, debt, population projections etc. Upon submitting their newly merged municipality, the readers get a unique link and name. They can share the result with friends.

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