I want to improve the living conditions for citizens of all ages and make Stockholm an inclusive and open city in every way. The Champion Mayors initiative gives cities the chance to come together and exchange ideas and solutions on how to lead the way towards an inclusive and sustainable future. I am keen to share Stockholm’s experiences and learn as much as possible from other cities.
Scoping Note- Migrant and Refugee Integration in Stockholm
Anna König Jerlmyr was elected Mayor of Stockholm in 2018, where she is also Chair of the City Executive Board. She was the leader of the opposition in Stockholm from 2014, responsible for social affairs in Stockholm Municipality between 2010 and 2014, and a member of parliament from 2006 to 2010.
Sweden has a national program of integration measures for immigrants including the provision of language and civic courses, public schooling and vocational and adult education. Stockholm is building on this initiative to become a cohesive city where all children receive the same opportunities, rents are reasonable, the elderly live a secure life, and equal opportunity, gender equality and accessibility are never questioned. The city translates this ambition into concrete budget objectives across directorates such as: strengthening education and vocational training offered to newcomers, facilitating access to public services by improving staff language and communication skills, and increasing administrative and procedural responsiveness.
A Woman’s Place is a program run by the City of Stockholm to enhance gender equality. The program has established principles aligned with the city’s program for a gender equal Stockholm and in accordance with the national policies on gender equality. The principles include that places: allow women to be free to fulfil their professional potential, give men and women equal access to resources, knowledge and networks, enable women to feel safe and free from sexual harassment, allow men and women’s ideas to carry equal weight, and men and women have the same opportunities to combine work and a private life.
Invest Stockholm is a subsidiary of the company Stockholm Business Region, established by the City of Stockholm. Stockholm is one of the world’s start-up hubs and, using the brand Stockholm – The Capital of Scandinavia, Invest Stockholm promotes the city as a business destination, attracting and nurturing start-up businesses, especially in the tech and ICT sectors. The company provides free advice on the establishment of companies and SMEs in the right business ecosystem in and around Stockholm. Services also include matching investors with opportunities and practical assistance in setting up and expanding a business in Stockholm.
The City of Stockholm is coordinating its work on digitalisation with the intention of being the smartest city in the world by 2040. Stockholm’s strategy for the city’s digital development consists of four areas of sustainability: ecological, financial, social and democratic. The strategy is based on input from residents, academia, the local business community, and analysis of global developments. More than 3,350 people provided feedback through digital channels. Stockholm referred to the initiatives of other smart cities to inspire work meetings, and a best practice exchange with other cities also contributed to the plan. Stockholm offers e-services to facilitate everyday life for residents, such as a mobile route-planning tool, cycle-route planner, online elderly care applications and online school place applications. The city also uses Green IT to improve the environment through technology use, and has the world’s largest open fibre network.