Stockholm sixth ‘most livable’ city in the world

Stockholm has come in sixth place in a new ranking of the best cities in the world, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) global "livability" ranking.

Stockholm sixth 'most livable' city in the world

The ranking matches 140 cities against each other, with the Swedish capital finishing well inside the top ten.

Maria Kylberg, a PR manager for the Stockholm Business Region, is buzzing with the news.

“We are always happy and proud when international rankings such as the Economist put Stockholm in high positions,” she told The Local.

“Our goal to be a world class city and to be Europe’s most sustainable growth region is starting to pay off and international confirmation is very valuable.”

In the ranking, Hong Kong took the first place and Amsterdam and Osaka trailed close behind. Meanwhile, Tehran, Nairobi and Lusaka took the bottom three spots.

Click here for a gallery of the top ten cities to live in on earth, according to The Economist.

Criteria for the ranking include population density, air quality, connectivity, green space and pollution concentration. Special mention went to Stockholm for its inner city green space – with over 40 percent of the Swedish capital being composed of parks, lakes and hiking trails.

This green space is “the very soul” of Stockholm, according to Kylberg.

“Closeness to nature is one of Stockholm’s strongest points since it makes it possible for people to get a real work/life balance. Something that I think will be more and more important for coming generations,” she said.

Cultural and natural assets are also included in the criteria, with the ranking taking note of UNESCO world heritage sites in the area Google Satellite imagery to map how much greenery featured in each city.

Kylberg admits that the quality of life in Stockholm is the overwhelming draw, and was quick to point out that the Financial Times had rated the Stockholm region as European Region of the Future 2012-13.

As no other Scandinavian cities made the top ten this year, the Stockhom Business Region may indeed take this as confirmation of their controversial slogan they launched in March.

“This is simply Stockholm,” she told The Local.

“The Capital of Scandinavia.”

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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).