A world-leading mix of creativity and tech
Creative industries are flourishing in Stockholm. Innovative, open-minded people are moving here, dreams are imagined and cultivated here, and from here those dreams can stretch far beyond the borders of Sweden.
Stockholm is a creative melting-pot full of unexpected cross-collaborations. It’s not uncommon for computer games or fashion concepts to evolve after a game developer, filmmaker, designer, musician and artist get together and exchange ideas. Distances are short in Stockholm, geographically as well as in terms of the informal and friendly business climate. This gives rise to a creative incubator where talented people from different sectors meet and then decide to work together, often resulting in new and exciting businesses ventures.
The Swedish film industry is captivating the world, and more than 90% of its revenue comes from Stockholm. It is the home of Ingemar Bergman, Tomas Alfredsson and Roy Andersson, and Stockholm continues to foster talent, in front of as well as behind the camera.
Stockholm is one of the worlds leading music exporters. But it’s not only about present-day acts like Avicii and Icona Pop. Producers like Max Martin, with an astounding 17 Billboard number-ones, have topped international charts for decades. It’s no surprise that Spotify, Teenage Engineering and Auddly are all from Stockholm.
Stockholm is the epicentre of New Nordic Cuisine with some of the most creative chefs and restaurants in the world. The focus is on local, seasonal produce with chefs reinventing Scandinavian food and bringing out pure and natural flavours in innovative ways.
Fashion & Design
A main theme in Swedish creativity is the desire to combine cleverness with accessibility. This is especially apparent in the fashion and design industry where phenomena such as H&M, Acne and IKEA have had a huge global impact. Now a long list of startups are benefitting from the success of these giants.
Stockholm is one of the most important cities in Europe when it comes to game development. The growth is expected to continue for many years to come thanks to international success stories like Candy Crush Saga, Minecraft and the Battlefield Series.
Stockholm has the vision to become a global leader in foodtech
Stockholm has taken the lead in the development of new, sustainable food systems, and has become an attractive place for global R&D, investments and startups looking to disrupt the food industry. During the second week of June, Stockholm invites world leaders, entrepreneurs, researchers and innovators, to co-create the future food city.
Stockholm is on the way to a greater and more diversified startup scene
Stockholm has one of the world’s best startup ecosystems, with excellent access to startup hubs, financing options, meeting places and events. In addition, there are plenty of first-generation entrepreneurs who are eager to invest in, and share their experience and contacts with the next generation of startup entrepreneurs. Stockholm, together with Impact Hub, is now taking the next steps in its support to a larger and more diversified startup scene.
Stockholm exports its DNA to SXSW in Austin
The unique DNA of Stockholm is built on progressive values that allow Stockholmers to be among the most innovative people in the world. The openness to new ideas, to diversity and inclusion, have contributed to the city’s ever increasing popularity among both talents and travelers, at a time of growing populism and closing borders. Now, Stockholm is bringing its DNA to SXSW in Austin, inviting anyone to be a Stockholmer.
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