Maria Nimvik Stern
Secretary General
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We compare and learn from other regions in Europe

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 metropolitan regions.

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.

Every two years, the Stockholm Mälar Region selects a leading metropolitan region to pay closer attention to. We gather knowledge, 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. Previous destinations:

  • Manchester 2020
  • Berlin 2018
  • Amsterdam 2016
  • London 2014
  • Munich 2012
  • Helsinki 2010
  • Singapore and Kuala Lumpur 2008
  • Dublin 2007
  • Seattle 2005

The Council has also been a member of the International Regions Benchmarking Consortium (IRBC) together with Barcelona, Belo Horizonte, Daejeon, Fukuoka, Helsinki, Melbourne, Munich, Seattle, Stockholm and Vancouver. These are knowledge-driven and city-centred metropolitan regions with a mutual interest to compare and learn from each other through data-sharing and in-depth research. The memberships gave access to current statistics from comparable regions with high positions in international rankings, as well as from a wide range of international contacts.

The Council has also hosted an international conference in 2016. The topic was cooperation between cities and universities, UniverCITY – key ingredients for successful partnerships. The event contributed to new ideas about strengthening the work of the Stockholm Mälar Region as a knowledge region.