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Council for Sustainable Cities

The Council shall contribute to the long-term development of sustainable cities and work to implement the Government's policy for sustainable urban development. The responsibility for implementing the policy for sustainable urban development lies with several authorities and therefore a forum is needed.

This web page has been machine translated. If there are any uncertainties, please refer to the Swedish text.

Task of the Sustainable Cities Council

The government wants to strengthen the cities' conditions for developing into vibrant, green, healthy and safe places where people meet and innovations are created. The work with sustainable cities creates a holistic approach to how the city can and should develop and become socially, environmentally and economically sustainable.

Sustainable urban development includes issues such as spatial planning, buildings and housing, transportation and infrastructure including fixed and mobile broadband, digitalisation, accessibility and usability, regional growth, environment and climate issues, energy issues, architecture, cultural environment, technology development, social issues and public health as well as research, development and innovations. Sustainable urban development is important for achieving several societal goals.

The following authorities are members of the Council:

  • The National Board of Housing, Building and Planning
  • Forte
  • Forms
  • The county administrative boards
  • The Authority for Participation
  • The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency
  • The National Heritage Board
  • State Center for Architecture and Design, ArkDes
  • State Arts Council

  • The Swedish Energy Agency
  • Tillväxtverket
  • The Swedish Transport Administration
  • Vinnova

The assignment to the authorities that are part of the Council includes, no later than 1 February each year, producing a list of measures with impact-described measures that are published on each authority's website. The list shall include measures that each public authority has implemented and intends to implement.

Do you want to know more?

You can read more about the Council for Sustainable Cities on the Sustainable City website.

Report from the Council for Sustainable Cities - Measures 2020


For questions about Vinnova's participation in the Council for Sustainable Cities, contact:

Gustav Malm


+46 8 473 30 20

Marie Karlsson

Programme manager

+46 8 473 32 75

Last updated 21 May 2021

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