City of Helsingborg

Smart City solution

H22 is a major initiative by Helsingborg to develop future welfare solutions aimed at improving quality of life in a smarter, more sustainable city.

Many people think of technology and digitalisation when they hear the word innovation, but it is so much more than that. At the heart of it, it is about  challenging our current ways of working. It is about  finding new and better ways to meet needs. It is about daring to try things we have never tried before – even though we might fail before we hit it right.


A city-wide innovation initiative. It’s about the journey towards becoming a smarter and more sustainable city. We have chosen to invest in innovation to tackle the challenges of both the present and the future. With new solutions, unique collaborations and effective work, we can do more for less. Here you can read all about how we work with innovation and how it permeates our entire organization. Read more here: Innovation in Helsingborg – for a smarter and more sustainable city

A City Expo – A stop along the way where we shine a light on all that’s been achieved between now and the summer of 2022. Together with over 70 partner companies and organisations, we have spent the last few years transforming the entire city’s DNA to become an innovation-driven enabler instead of just a service provider. We have both succeeded and failed. We have shared and learned from others, and this is naturally something we want to continue doing throughout H22 City Expo and beyond. Read more here: H22 City Expo 2022

Helsingborg provides the whole city as a test-bed and is open to try out new partnerships with business, academia, civil society and other cities.

City goals / challenges

Three themes for exploring a smarter city

Innovative welfare and urban development

Taking on the challenges of the future requires that we seek new collaborations with different actors. The goal is to test and explore new innovations together. Innovation is about doing radical new things, or doing things in a radical new way. Our approach to creating successful innovations is to forge partnerships between the city, businesses, associations, academia, and residents. In doing so we can explore innovations that have a real impact on welfare and life in the city.


Improving quality of life

A quality of life programme has been adopted by the City of Helsingborg. This is a policy document with the core ambition that all the work we do in Helsingborg shall contribute to improving quality of life for those living and working in the city. The UN estimates that 60 per cent of the world’s population will live in cities by 2030. This requires new ways of thinking in terms of people and their well-being in.


Åsa Bjering - International Affairs H22 – the Making of a Smarter City
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