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Stockholm - Sweden

Main motivation for taking adaptation action

The city of Stockholm has been implementing adaptations measures for many years and the city council has now taken the decision to coordinate the actions and present a general strategy. There are many reasons behind this decision, and the ambition is to be just as determined on adaptation as we are on mitigation. This decision came about independent of extreme weather events.

Adaptation strategy

Have you already developed an adaptation strategy?
Yes, we have an adaptation strategy

Good practice / spotlight item

Project Slussen
Stockholm is located on 14 islands where Lake Mälaren meets the Baltic sea. Mälaren is currently exposed to flooding risks and this will only increase with climate change, causing problems for the 400,000 people who pass through the lock (or Slussen in Swedish) area every day. Stockholm is rebuilding the lock at present, with the aim of increasing its capacity and enabling a regularisation of Lake Mälaren and its surroundings. This project, which is expected to completed in 2022, will also be beneficial for the lake's ecosystem, providing a more natural seasonal change of the water levels. More information about the project, including a film, can be found here.
What sectors are concerned
  • Financial
  • Water management
  • Health
  • Coastal areas
  • Urban
A rendition of how the lock area will look after Project Slussen is completed in 2022.

Climate change impacts

  • Sea Level Rise
  • Flooding

Key vulnerable sectors

  • Urban
  • Buildings
  • Biodiversity
  • Financial
  • Energy
  • Health
  • Water Management
  • Coastal areas
  • Transport


Karin Wanngård


910000 inhabitants

Contact person

Malin Parmander
Project Manager


Mayors Adapt signatory

Date of officially joining Mayors Adapt

Dec 17, 2014

Last Update

Oct 18, 2016

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