Karlstad, Sweden

Organisation: Karlstad-warm welcome 
Contact: Birgitta Sefastsson
Year: 2018

GDS-Index Category Breakdown

Category Total
Environmental Performance 74%
Social Performance 79%
Supplier Performance 86%
Destination Management Performance 43%

Destination Highlights

Hectares of green area per 100 000 population


Karlstad is a Fair Trade City. The city is surrounded by water and situated on a delta where Sweden´s longest river, Klarälven, meets the third largest lake in Europe, Vänern, making it possible to go swimming in the middle of the city center. The destination offers 250 km of bicycle paths. You can find 11 Natura 2000 areas within the municipal boundary. Karlstad Airport has become the first airport in Europe to install a fixed storage tank facility for aviation biofuel. All local bus service is biogas driven. At the end of 2016 100 % of our hotels are eco-certified.

Energy sourced from renewables
City traffic congestion level
Waste sent to landfill

Karlstad is one of seven municipalities in the country designated as the Global Municipality of Sida – The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency. This means that we are a municipality that thinks globally and acts locally. It is about working in our work to contribute to the UN's 17 Global Objectives and Agenda 2030. The quality work at school and the work to ensure an equivalent education for all regardless of socio-economic background contribute to the global goal of good education. Sjöstadsverket's investments to improve water quality, sustainable travel, these are other examples that contribute to the global goals of sustainable energy, clean water, sustainable living and sustainable cities and communities. In Karlstad everyone will feel warmly welcome and openly be the one you are and love who you want. Karlstad Municipality has long been working to be a good municipality for HBTQ people to live and live in, for example, where upper secondary school student health first in Sweden became HBT certified.

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City's hotels easily accessible by public transport to/from congress and exhibition centres
PCOs and DMCs have a written sustainability policy
Exhibition centres have sustainability certification

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Does the CVB support or lead local sustainability training for cities MICE industry?
Does the CVB support or local authorities provide incentives or funding for organisations wanting to gain sustainability certification or issue a sustainability reports
Does the CVB provide free or subsidized public transport passes for major conventions?
Does CVB/DMO provide clients with ideas and resources to support the local community?

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