Urban sprawl is a geographical term which describes the development in big cities during the last 150 years. Public transport, private automobiles and faster infrastructures, including the Internet, have made it possible for city residents to conduct their lives farther from the city centre. Consequently, the functions of the city have become increasingly dispersed; in some parts of the world, only banks and specialized office buildings are located in the CBD, and residential areas have been concentrated around major highways and traffic nodes. How do you say 'urban sprawl' in your languages? Do your expressions refer to any cities in particular? Finnish: Nurmijärvi-ilmiö ("the Nurmijärvi phenomenon") kaupunkirakenteen hajoaminen ("the breakdown of city structure", this term is sometimes considered to be too suggestive) Swedish: utglesning (what does it mean?) Italian: lo sprawl urbano la città diffusa ("the diffuse city") la dispersione urbana ("urban dispersion") German: die Zersiedelung (what does it mean?) Thanks!