Stockholmers spend more time commuting than on holiday: report

Stockholmers commute for an average of 6.4 working weeks each year, which is more time than they spend on holiday, according to a new study.

Stockholmers spend more time commuting than on holiday: report

“We think it’s unreasonable. It’s clear that it’s inefficttive that we’re putting more time into sitting still in queues instead of being free or working,” said Maria Rankka, the CEO of Stockholm’s Chamber of Commerce (Handelskammaren) to the Svenksa Dagbladet (SvD) newspaper.

The average commute time in the greater Stockholm area is 34 minutes each way, according to a study carried out by engineering consultancy WSP at the behest of the chamber.

The report points to the public transport’s low average speed as a reason to why it takes so long for Stockholm residents to travel between their homes and the office.

Taking public transport means a commuter will be travelling on average 20 kilometres an hour, whereas car drivers can enjoy an average of 36 km/h.

Accoring to Rankka, the solution to the long journey times lies in expanding Stockholm’s underground metro system.

In addition, the study revealed that taking the car is no longer considered to be the status symbol it once was, and attractive office locations in the city are likely to be closer to train stations than car parks.

“Because there is a continuing growth in travel and as space is limited, there must be a growth in public transport. It’s an effective way to travel, especially on the metro, and many people want to use it,” she told the paper.

An expansion of the Stockholm metro lines has been listed as the most important future plan for the chamber of commerce, plans which include extending the green line to Nya Karolinska and Solna, just north of Stockholm.

“It’s in the metro that one should invest the most money. Many people can travel with it and in a city that’s growing, it gives a large capacity in the transport system when one invested under the ground,” she told SvD.

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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).