You’ll notice it when you come here; the bike paths are full of helmeted cycling commuters, many of the local buses and taxis run on eco-fuel or biogas, in summertime you can sun yourself on a local beach and take a dip in sparkly clean lake Mälaren smack bang in the middle of the city. Seriously. You can even sort your waste in the city’s bright green litterbins.
And Stockholm would make most cities green with envy with its archipelago of some 24,000 islands, islets and skerries (we know, no-one can get their head around 24,000 islands) on its doorstep.
A bit of logistics
Stockholm is tailor-made for walking and cycling. It is compact enough that you can walk to and from its top 10 attractions from the city centre, or why not hire a bike. Walking and cycling in Stockholm are a wonderful way of experiencing the city and very scenic too, given that Stockholm is built on 14 islands that are connected by 57 bridges.
Public transport? No problem, you can usually get a seat on the clean, green and punctual buses, trains, trams or underground system, or Tunnelbana, as its known locally.
Do yourself and Stockholm a favour by buying a Stockholm card when you arrive. The cost of it covers all travel on public transport, including boats and ferries, admission to more than 80 museums and attractions and free sightseeing. Need a guide to green travel, starting from when you arrive at Stockholm Arlanda Airport?
Now that you’re sorted for getting out and about, what’s on offer in the city?
Stockholm’s green attractions
Literally the greenest of all Stockholm’s attractions is its parks and nature reserves, including the Royal National City Park. Most are within a comfortable cycle ride of the city centre. Nature is big part of the Stockholm experience and there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the countryside around Stockholm and its mesmerizing archipelago. Just a few of the activities on offer include kayaking, hiking, guided bike tours and wildlife spotting.
Going south from the centre of Stockholm is Hammarby Sjöstad an eco-town which has become world famous as the showpiece of the city’s environmental ambitions. The around 30,000 residents, office workers and businesses here are living the green dream in a very attractive, very sustainable waterside location. See how the green half live and work in a sustainable way by visiting the Hammarby Sjöstad environmental information and communication centre at GlashusEtt at Lugnets Allé 39.
Back in the centre of town, at Kulturhuset on Sergels Torg, pay a visit to Ekoteket on the second floor. This is a forum for events and knowledge sharing in sustainability and environmental issues for all age groups. Basically the centre promotes a climate-smart lifestyle and living in a more sustainable environment. Hey, shouldn’t we all.
Here’s a word from Stockholm’s deputy mayor and Stockholmers about their sustainability city.