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About Stockholm

Our Host City

Stockholm – The Capital of Scandinavia

Stockholm is one of Europe’s fastest growing capital cities in terms both of its economy and its population.

Ranked by the European Commission as the most competitive region in continental Europe, Stockholm is also one of the world’s hottest technology and innovation hubs, attracting expertise, talent and start-ups.

The high rate of growth also demands investment in infrastructure and housing, which is why the Stockholm region offers one of the best corporate climates for international investors. An impressive number of massive infrastructure projects are scheduled, including an expansion of the metro system, the East Coast Line railway project, extensions to terminals at Arlanda Airport, and The Stockholm Bypass motorway link. All in all, a package of investments totalling EUR 95 billion.

Environmental issues have always been a high priority. As a result, and thanks to practical measures such as the introduction of road tolls, as well as the expansion and reorganisation of its public transport system to run on renewable energy, Stockholm was named the first Green Capital of Europe in 2010.

Combine all these factors with the location in the heart of the region and you’ll see what makes Stockholm the natural capital of Scandinavia.

A city of contrasts

Stockholm is a city where the innovations of the future flourish alongside medieval history. Where a big city buzz goes hand in hand with tranquility and the global lives in harmony with the local.

Stockholm is where new trends and innovations in fashion, design, technology and music are born, and from where they spread worldwide. Yet, the city also has a rich history that stretches all the way back to the Middle Ages.

Stockholm is also the city where urban environments exist in harmony with nature. Where sea and lake merge and water is an ever-constant presence. It is home to numerous parks and green spaces and the distinctive white archipelago boats run throughout the year to the islands of the archipelago.

The atmosphere is open, tolerant and welcoming. Diversity and new perspectives are encouraged.

Stockholm is a city for everyone.

A world-class transport public transport

The region’s geography is one of the challenges faced by public transport in Stockholm. It is a region that not only combines urban areas with rural settlements, but comprises both land and sea. The public transport system must, therefore, be comprehensive to meet the need for transportation over large distances.

The Stockholm archipelago is comprised of more than 25,000 islands, many of which have a year-round population, and which are served by the distinctive white Waxholm boats. Stockholm’s public transport system must also be expanded and adapted to handle incoming traffic from other regions.

The Stockholm City Line – an investment that will run commuter train traffic through a tunnel under the city, freeing up tracks for an expansion of the rail traffic network – is an important step in this process.

The growing public transport system is an environmental goal in its own right, but it is far from the only one. Stockholm is a world leader when it comes to switching to renewable energy, and almost all of its land-based public transport now runs on biofuels, or on solar, wind, or hydroelectric power. Not only that, but 90% of the system’s boats are scheduled to run on renewable energy by 2021 at the latest.