Ever since the Vikings built their igloos, one of the world’s most sustainable lodgings, Sweden has been showing the world how to live in harmony with the environment.
More than ever, travelers today are aware of their responsibility for the planet’s health. One of the world’s most captivating waterfront cities, Stockholm has become a leading proponent for environmentally-friendly design and cleaner living. Invariably, Stockholm appears on the indices of the world’s “Most Livable Cities” – and in 2010, Stockholm became the first city to be designated European Green Capital.
Welcome to the first European Green Capital
What does it mean to be the continent’s first Green Capital? It means that Stockholm guarantees that environmental aspects are considered in all budgets, operational planning, and monitoring, thanks to an integrated administrative system. In other words, nothing happens in Stockholm without considering sustainability.
As smart as it is beautiful, Stockholm is situated on fourteen islands connected by 57 bridges, which means the city is as much a steward of water as land. The result is a more holistic approach to environmental awareness. Thirty percent of the city is waterways, which are traversed by ferries, boats, and ships, while another thirty percent of Stockholm is given over to parkland and green spaces.
Increasingly, world travelers contemplate their roles in the impact of airlines on the environment. Those travelers who fly into Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport are flying into a climate-neutral airport that was the first airport to receive the highest grade for environmental awareness.
Environmentally-savvy travelers are further rewarded with the option of riding the Arlanda Express into Stockholm’s Central Station. Using high-speed trains that run on electricity from renewable sources, the Arlanda Express is the most environmentally friendly way to travel. Not only sustainable, the sleek yellow-and-gray trains are comfortable, clean, and stylish, with ergonomic seating, photo walls, and a lounge. The twenty-minute journey is one of the most stress-free journeys available in today’s world, which is one reason why Arlanda Express has more than 3 million annual riders.
Stockholm leads into the future
In December 2012, Stockholm will inaugurate a new high-speed commuter train that takes passengers directly from Arlanda Airport to Stockholm International Fairs. In short, the ongoing development of Stockholm insures its position as a world-class city not only for its myriad cultural attractions, but also for its role in shaping world sustainability practices.
For as Stockholm knows, sustainability commences at home. Broaden your horizons and welcome to Europe’s first Green Capital.
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