International learning & Benchmarking

International learning & benchmarking

The international and comparative perspective in the activities of the Council helps to better perceive the Stockholm Mälar Region’s strengths and weaknesses. One way to do this is by comparing and learning from other regions in the world. The Council monitors and compares the region’s development, with a special focus on transport and infrastructure and knowledge and skills. The objective is to ensure that the Stockholm Mälar Region stays internationally competitive and attractive into the future. To achieve this, we must take advantage of our strengths and recognise our weaknesses.

Study trips

Every two years, the Stockholm Mälar Region selects a leading metropolitan region to pay closer attention to. We gather knowledge about the chosen region, organise a study trip and follow up on the experiences and learning at home. The trip is aimed at leading representatives from politics, academia and business, and approximately 45 people take part in it. The objective is to strengthen cooperation in the Stockholm Mälar Region and promote the development towards a sustainable, attractive and competitive metropolitan region.

International Region Benchmarking Consortium (IRBC)

This Council was also for many years (until 2018) a member of the International Regions Benchmarking Consortium (IRBC) with the following members: Barcelona, Belo Horizonte, Daejeon, Fukuoka, Helsinki, Melbourne, Munich, Seattle, Stockholm and Vancouver.

Members are sophisticated, knowledge-driven and city-centred metropolitan regions around the world that find it mutually beneficial to compare and learn from each other through data-sharing and in-depth research in issues of common interest. The memberships have given access to current statistics from comparable regions with high positions in international rankings, as well as from a wide range of international contacts.

Within the framework of the membership in the IRBC, the Council hosted an international conference in 2016. The topic was cooperation between cities and universities – UniverCITY Partnerships. The event contributed to many new ideas about strengthening the work of the Stockholm Mälar Region as a knowledge region.