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The official travel guide to your holiday in Sweden

The official travel guide to your holiday in Sweden
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Sustainable Malmö | Press Malmö has changed from a grey industrial city with deserted streets and squares to an exciting city of the future, where anything can happen – and does. Let sustainability guide Catarina Rolfsdotter-Jansson take you on a tour of one of the world’s greenest cities, a city with several prestigious prizes for its work on sustainable development: Let’s start with a little history. In the late 1980s, Malmö was a typical industrial city. But when Kockums shipyard closed and thousands of workers were laid off in 1986, the people running the city realised that an era had ended and it was time for a new one. Now Malmö is internationally acclaimed for its work on sustainable development. We can start our tour at Western Harbour, as the area is symbolic of what has happened in Malmö. When you cycle alongside the waterfront and approach Western Harbour, a magnificent urban silhouette, with a tall architectural profile, meets the sea and eye. Photo: Oskar Falck The opening of Malmö University in 1998

saari täynnä lumoavia hetkiä Erikoisten kivipaasien eli vaikuttavien raukkien rykelmät ympäri saarta kertovat omaa kieltään pitkästä historiasta. Raukki on korallifossiili ajalta, jolloin Gotlanti sijaitsi päiväntasaajalla n. 400 miljoonaa vuotta sitten. Pitkään historiaan törmää saarella joka puolella: luonnossa, mukulakivikujilla, kirkoissa ja museoissa. Ainutlaatuisen kaunis Visby on keskiaikainen kaupunki, joka on kuuluisa ruusuistaan. Kaupungille antavat leimansa vanha kehämuuri, kiemurtelevat nupukivikadut ja -kujat sekä lukuisat vanhat kivi- ja puutalot, kirkot ja rauniot. Uniikki luonto Gotlannin luonto on vertaansa vailla – jo yleissilmäys kertoo, että kyseessä on Pohjolan helmi. Miksi mennä etelämmäksi, kun tunnin päässä paistaa aurinko? Monien tarinoiden saari Kulttuurin voi saarella käsittää niin monella tavalla. Eräs kaikkien aikojen tunnetuimmista ohjaajista, Ingmar Bergman, asui ja kuvasi elokuviaan saarella. Moderni paluu keskiajalle Historia on käsinkosketeltavissa vielä nykyäänkin.

Places to Visit in Sweden | Sweden Travel The mere mention of Sweden conjures up resonant images: snow-capped peaks, reindeer wandering in deep green forests and the 24-hour daylight of the midnight sun. But beyond the household names of ABBA, IKEA and Volvo, Sweden is relatively unknown. The largest of the Scandinavian countries, with an area twice that of Britain (and roughly that of California), but a population of barely nine million, Sweden has space for everyone: the countryside boasts pine, spruce and birch forest as far as the eye can see and crystal-clear lakes perfect for a summer afternoon dip – not to mention possibly the purest air you’ll ever breathe. In general Sweden is a carefree place where life is relaxed. Yet, over the years, foreigners have somehow confused the open Swedish attitude to society, including nudity and sexuality, with sex.

Stockholm and Malmö at the forefront of sustainable urban development according to a new UN study - Stockholm University Thomas Elmqvist at Stockholm Resilience Centre, Scientific Editor of the report. The assessment, entitled Cities and Biodiversity Outlook and edited by Professor Thomas Elmqvist at Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University, draws on contributions from more than 120 scientists worldwide. It highlights a wide range of successful examples of sustainable urban development, initiated by cities, local governments and sub-national governments in both developed and developing countries. “Cities need to learn how to better protect and enhance biodiversity, because rich biodiversity can exist in cities and is extremely critical to people’s health and well-being," says Professor Thomas Elmqvist, who will present the report on 15 October at the UN Convention on Biological Diversity in Hyderabad, India. Opportunity to improve quality of life in future cities Over 60 percent of the land projected to become urban by 2030 has yet to be built, the report states. Unique source of inspiration

Hike the Uppland Trail The Uppland Trail. Photo: Magnus Mattisson On the Uppland Trail, you'll find peaceful outdoor experiences as you explore Uppland in a relaxed and easy way. Want something on paper? In Sweden, everyone has the right to be out in the countryside regardless of its ownership. The essence of the right of public access concisely expressed by the phrase: ”Do not disturb, and do not destroy.” If you want to build a fire, please use only the designated fire pits found at many of the rest areas along the trail. From wasteland to recycling waste: Malmo's eco district A defunct shipyard in the city of Malmo, Sweden, has been transformed into a green, sustainable districtThe Bo01 project created a residence where 100 percent of energy comes from renewable sourcesFood waste is converted into biogas for use in local busesThe project didn't meet all goals but has set an example now used in eco-projects in other parts of the world Editor's note: Future Cities offers an inside look at the rapid evolution of urban spaces, exploring new ideas, new technologies and new design concepts that might impact urban life throughout the world. (CNN) -- Sun, wind and water now rule an area that was once polluted and derelict. In the Swedish city of Malmo, an old shipyard has been converted from industrial wasteland to spotless eco-district, setting a world class example for sustainable living. The area started becoming commercially defunct in the late 80s. The Western Harbour plans to be carbon neutral by 2030 and run purely on renewable energy.

Sweden – an unforgettable winter vacation - EuropeCharm Visiting Sweden means having a different experience, from the dark and quiet green forests to the metropolis in the vanguard characterized by futurist architecture, icy winter landscapes in the north, to spectacular natural scenery along the Baltic coast. Sweden offers its visitors of any age to find their own space. Little children are welcomed in the land of Pippi Longstocking, and, affected by the life of the adventurous Vikings, young people absorb the cheerful and lively nightlife, while adults are enchanted by the wonders of the architecture of the large cities and the seniors are greeted by peaceful, relaxing, intrusive nature. We might say that Stockholm is currently experiencing its second youth as in the last 10 years the Swedish capital lost its aspect of a cold Nordic city to become a truly international city. Stockholm is a city of fashion, technology, and innovation. Stockholm is built on an archipelago of 14 islands. Stockholm is also a city rich in history.

Malmö – the sustainability project in the city of the future - Crossing Borders On April 1st 2014, a small group of international students set themselves on the path of discovering the true meaning of urban sustainable development and lifestyle. This was a true quest requiring courage and comprehension skills, which the students have been acquiring for months before the enlightenment journey. After months of searching, they came across the infamous city of Malmö – the third largest city in Sweden. Malmö, as students were told by their ancient environmental guide, was once a “glorified Viking city” with one of the most magnificent shipyards in the world and numerous industrial sites. “So, what is Western Harbour?” By the end of the day all of the students got exhausted. What can YOU do in order to change the future and create a sustainable world? Umedahon Buzurukova During my previous semester at Krogerup Hojskole, I've had the opportunity to see and experience the inspiration that the Crossing Borders offers to the youth. Latest posts by Umedahon Buzurukova (see all)

Malmö's path towards a sustainable future Health, welfare and justice - IHE Commission for a socially sustainable Malmö_Final report Report abstract The gap between those groups in society that have the best health and those with the worst has increased significantly in recent decades. By Commission for a socially sustainable Malmö Dec 2013 High-Tech Sensors Help Old Port City Leap Into Smart Future : Parallels The Spanish city of Santander is using a network of sensors to help improve services and save money. Incidents reported to Santander's command-and-control center, where the city manages data from sensors and smartphone reports made by citizens, are plotted on a map of the city. Courtesy of the University of Cantabria hide caption itoggle caption Courtesy of the University of Cantabria The Spanish city of Santander is using a network of sensors to help improve services and save money. Courtesy of the University of Cantabria Aside from the occasional ferry down from England, the old Spanish port city of Santander doesn't get too many foreign visitors. What they've been flocking to see is mostly invisible: 12,000 sensors buried under the asphalt, affixed to street lamps and atop city buses. Engineers are preparing to equip all dumpsters in Santander with sensors that gauge whether the container is full or empty. itoggle caption Lauren Frayer for NPR Lauren Frayer for NPR

Developing smart cities: In the Spanish city of Santander, the walls will have ears Urban noise can be quite a nuisance, but it can also provide a lot of valuable information about the city’s needs. A first of its kind project in the city of Santander will check if this data can actually be used to improve the lives of citizens and develop a better, smarter city. “The EAR-IT project is an EU FP7 co-funded project working over a two-years period (Oct’2012-Sep’2014) on the exiting challenges of using acoustic sensing in smart cities and smart building. With innovation and research in this area, the project will experiment in the city of Santander (Spain) and for intelligent building in Geneva, applications improving security, energy saving, traffic management and more. The project idea will conduct a large-scale ‘real-life’ experimentation of intelligent acoustics for supporting high social value applications fostering innovation and sustainability”, the project’s website reads. Basically, they want to record sounds and see how this data can benefit residents.

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