Reading in the park

Green Stockholm

Stockholm consists of one-third built-up areas, one-third green spaces and one-third sparkling water. Experience the contrast between the cosmopolitan city and the unspoiled nature that lends Stockholm a quality of life that’s hard to match.

Love and respect for nature are key elements of the Swedish soul and sustainability is always high on the agenda in the capital of Scandinavia. 90-95% of Stockholm’s residents live within 300 meters of a park or the many recreational areas that creates green oases of air and space in the cityscape.

This is where the locals go for picnics and barbeques, sunbathe and teach their kids to ride bikes. In the summer, the outdoor cafes are filled with people enjoying the long summer nights. And as always in Stockholm; all parks are clean, safe and accessible to all.

The Royal National City Park is the world’s first and spans more than ten kilometers from north to south. It’s the most visited recreational area in the Stockholm region and only a stone’s throw from the city center of Stockholm. Djurgården Island is actually a part of this park.

And while we’re on the subject of green; Stockholm was the first city to receive the honor of being named European Green Capital by the European Commission in 2010. The title is awarded to cities that act as role models for other cities, show a consistent record of achieving high environmental standards, and are committed to ongoing and ambitious goals for environmental improvement and sustainable development.

One excellent example of sustainable development is the Hammarby Sjöstad city district, which has come to serve as a role model for modern urban development projects all around the world due to its integrated planning, innovative solutions and new and green technologies.