June 1-3, 2022
Urban change-makers meet in Helsingborg. Say "hi" to this mid-sized city in Sweden – which is one of the most innovative and rapidly changing cities in Europe.
1,000 cities in Europe with fewer than 350,000 citizens.
Smaller cities have unique challenges but at the same time, often provide unique opportunities. UF22 is all about those smaller cities and how passionately they drive sustainable change across the continent. UF22 is for their leadership and for all the amazing people driving these transformations.
UF22 is held in Helsingborg for a reason!
It is among the most innovative cities in Europe and has undergone a radical transformation that’s been unheard of. Helsingborg has embarked on a journey to radically transform itself, the way it is managed, how it interacts with citizens and businesses, and most importantly, how it innovates to solve the city’s biggest challenges.
About the city.
Helsingborg is one of the oldest cities in the Nordic region. Now home to a little over 100.000 inhabitants, the city is located within the Greater Copenhagen area, close to Malmö, Lund and Copenhagen.
While Helsingborgians enjoy life, swim in the sea all year round, flock to the many parks or to the beaches found in the heart of the city, enjoy Sweden’s highest per capita number of restaurants – they are also among the most innovative citizens in Europe.
A bold vision.
H22 is a major initiative by Helsingborg and its citizens to develop the city of the future. It is aimed at solving the numerous sustainability challenges while improving quality of life. H22 consists of two parts:
H22 is a city-wide innovation initiative.
It’s about the journey towards becoming a sustainable city, and a massive collaborative effort between citizens, businesses and the municipality.
H22 is a City Expo.
Join more than 1m visitors at the 35-day international event between May 30 – July 3, 2022 that will showcase the innovation work so far and use Helsingborg as a test bed for solutions from around the world.
Enthusiasm, strategy and hard work pay off.
Runner-up for Europe’s most innovative city
The European Capital of Innovation Awards 2020, also known as iCapital, is an annual prize awarded to the European city that is best able to demonstrate its ability to harness innovation to improve the lives of its residents. Helsingborg together with Valencia (Spain), Cluj-Napoca (Romania), Espoo (Finland) and Vienna (Austria) placed second, after the winning city Leuven (Belgium).
Most environmentally friendly Swedish municipality
Helsingborg has been working strategically to deal with environmental issues for many years. The result is brilliant. Helsingborg has been named Sweden's most environmentally friendly municipality for the fourth year in a row by Swedish media company Aktuell Hållbarhet.
Creating a testbed for urban solutions with IKEA
The collaboration aims to explore solutions to the challenges that come with urbanization and make life easier for everybody everywhere – just like assembling the iconic bookshelf. The sustainability focus of this initiative is on three “rooms”: the Garden, the Market and the Kitchen. The first will promote urban farming, which will provide fresh products to the other two.
In the innovation initiative that the City of Helsingborg has launched with H22, we’re aiming for big, bold changes - what’s known as radical innovation. This ambition involves two key prerequisites that clearly differentiate innovation from traditional development.