City of Stockholm

Smart City solution

The City of Stockholm has progressive ongoing work to make the city more sustainable, innovative and including. It is a long-term project and a part of the City’s overall vision to to become the smartest city in the world by 2040.

A smart city is quite simply a city that utilizes digitalization and new technology to simplify and improve the life for residents, visitors, entrepreneurs and businesses. A city that offers its residents the highest quality of life and the best environment for business and development. In the smart city, new smart services are constantly created to make the city even better.

Smart cities are often developed through innovation or technological leaps that are born out of close cooperation between cities, industry, entrepreneurs and universities. The aim is to find new ways and digital solutions to meet societal challenges and ensure tomorrow’s welfare system for citizens.

Stockholm City participates in several innovation partnerships in digitalization including Digital Demo Stockholm (DDS), which aims to find new ways and digital solutions to meet clear societal challenges and ensure tomorrow’s welfare system for citizens. Innovation and sustainable development are the key concepts in the cooperation which includes The City of Stockholm, Stockholm County Council, Royal Institute of Technology and world-leading corporations ABB, Ericsson, Scania, Skanska, Telia and Vattenfall. Innovation and cooperation will make Stockholm the smartest and most connected city in the world.

City goals / challenges

Globally, more and more people are leaving rural areas and moving to the cities. People live longer and the international mobility of labour increases. Stockholm is no exception. This create opportunities but also needs within the city. At the same time, developments in digitalization continue rapidly. Anything that can be digitalized will be digitalized.

The rapid developments in digitalization and new technology create opportunities and benefits people in all parts of society; old and young, IT-savvy and those less familiar with IT. In Stockholm, digital sophistication is high and the digital infrastructure is well developed. This means that the city is well placed to take advantage of the opportunities presented by digitalization. In today’s fast-moving and innovative environment, this is a great advantage.

Stockholm also has a long history of being a leader in information and communications technology with many prominent companies, startups as well as established multinationals. With new technology, Stockholm use this advantage to drive development and innovation and make life easier and better for all who live in, work in and visit the city.

The way forward to make Stockholm a smart and connected city is through innovation, openness and connectivity, to make the city more economically, ecologically, democratically and socially sustainable. A smart city is a sustainable city.

The smart city is made possible through connectivity, publicly accessible data, IT platforms that can communicate with each other, sensors and other technologies.


Gunnar Björkman 
Director of Innovation
City of Stockholm
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