Why international investors look to Stockholm for cleantech innovations

It's easy to be gloomy about the climate crisis but in Stockholm there's hope.

Why international investors look to Stockholm for cleantech innovations
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For nearly a decade and a half, Stockholm-based companies have been in the vanguard of the clean technology sector. Now, as consumers become more attuned to the global climate crisis, investors seeking solutions that reduce negative environmental impact are turning to Sweden's capital.

From Ekoligens, which has developed clothes hangers out of recycled cardboard and paper to SurfCleaner, which has created an energy efficient system for collecting and separating pollutants like plastic and oil from water, the city is pioneering tomorrow’s sustainable solutions, today.

Click here to find out how Stockholm became a world leader in the clean technology sector

This article was produced by The Local Creative Studio in partnership with Invest Stockholm. 


Stockholm Pride is a little different this year: here’s what you need to know 

This week marks the beginning of Pride festivities in the Swedish capital. The tickets sold out immediately, for the partly in-person, partly digital events. 

Pride parade 2019
There won't be a Pride parade like the one in 2019 on the streets of Stockholm this year. Photo: Stina Stjernkvist/TT

You might have noticed rainbow flags popping up on major buildings in Stockholm, and on buses and trams. Sweden has more Pride festivals per capita than any other country and is the largest Pride celebration in the Nordic region, but the Stockholm event is by far the biggest.  

The Pride Parade, which usually attracts around 50,000 participants in a normal year, will be broadcast digitally from Södra Teatern on August 7th on Stockholm Pride’s website and social media. The two-hour broadcast will be led by tenor and debater Rickard Söderberg.

The two major venues of the festival are Pride House, located this year at the Clarion Hotel Stockholm at Skanstull in Södermalm, and Pride Stage, which is at Södra Teatern near Slussen.

“We are super happy with the layout and think it feels good for us as an organisation to slowly return to normal. There are so many who have longed for it,” chairperson of Stockholm Pride, Vix Herjeryd, told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

Tickets are required for all indoor events at Södra Teatern to limit the number of people indoors according to pandemic restrictions. But the entire stage programme will also be streamed on a big screen open air on Mosebacketerassen, which doesn’t require a ticket.  

You can read more about this year’s Pride programme on the Stockholm Pride website (in Swedish).