HEJ HELSINGBORG!

Welcome to one of Europe's most innovative cities

Helsingborg is the host of Urban Future 22 – and that’s for a good reason: it’s one of Europe’s most innovative cities, making sustainable transformation happen (almost) at the speed of light. No wonder urban shapers from around the world are looking in awe at this medium-sized Swedish city.

Helsingborg’s convenient location makes it exceptionally easy to reach: by train from across the Nordics and by air via Copenhagen airport. So, what are you waiting for?

WHY HELSINGBORG?

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A topic and event highlight will be Helsingborg’s stunning transformation story. Within 10 years, the City has completely transformed as a public organisation. It now attracts the most talented people, who drive forward the City’s highly ambitious change projects. In collaboration with businesses, innovators, academia, and other stakeholders, Helsingborg is fast becoming the most innovative city in Europe. Helsingborg has also established an annual vision fund that allows any resident to realise their city development dreams.

“We are incredibly happy that Urban Future sees Helsingborg and the H22 City Expo as the natural arena for all 'CityChangers' in the summer of 2022”

Lars Thunberg

Deputy Mayor of the City of Helsingborg

"Trust is an important success factor. Trust among employees and a trust-based management, e.g. knowing and trusting that you have co-workers and leaders in the organisation that are great at what they do."

Soraya Axelsson

City of Helsingborg, Sweden H22

"By sheer citizen numbers, Helsingborg will be our smallest ever host city. But at the same time, it will be one of the most innovative!”

Gerald Babel-Sutter

co-founder and CEO of Urban Future

“We immediately liked the fact that Helsingborg was so open with what it had tried and what worked and what didn’t.”

Gerald Babel-Sutter

co-founder and CEO of Urban Future

“Being in Helsingborg, we hope that everyone will feel the spirit of one of the most innovative and fastest transforming cities in Europe.”

Gerald Babel-Sutter

co-founder and CEO of Urban Future

H22 City Expo!

H22 City Expo is the world’s largest city expo focusing exclusively on innovation and sustainability. Running from May 30 to July 3 this spectacular show features more than 400 single events, experiences, exhibitions, and trips for all ages.

Urban Future is proud to kick of the first week of H22 City Expo with a particular international focus. So beyond Urban Future, you’ll have dozens of opportunities to experience for yourself the innovations for the cities of tomorrow.

H22 city expo

A BOLD VISION.

H22 CITY EXPO

H22 is a major city-wide innovation 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. It’s about the journey towards becoming a sustainable city, and a massive collaboration effort between citizens, businesses and the municipality.

Join more than 1 million visitors at the 35-day international event between May 30 – July 3, 2022 that will showcase the most amazing innovation and sustainable solutions from around the world, using Helsingborg as a test bed.

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

EXPLORE ON FOOT

Walk around the new district of Oceanhamnen and see what partners such as IKEA are doing in terms of sustainability innovation. Enjoy some fresh perspectives and music. Discover the transformed neighbourhood of Drottninghög. Explore the latest technology: smart homes, self-driving cars, robots, and AI solutions. Hear musical playgrounds and listen to trees that tell you when they’re thirsty. Engage with top speakers, change leaders, and the passionate spirits who strive to make real change and improve city life.

ALL THINGS PRACTICAL

RECOMMENDED ACCOMMODATION

WHERE CAN I STAY?

From luxurious five star hotels to cosy bed & breakfasts, Helsingborg has an accommodation to suit any kind of traveller. Whether you choose to stay in a luxury suite or camping cabin, there’s something to suit you. To help you find the perfect stay, our partner H22 has put together an extensive map of places to stay in the region.

 

The list includes special “bike approved accommodation” that helps you discover the region on two wheels. These accommodations include amenities such as safe storage of bicycles, the possibility to clean the bike, and bicycle pumps, as well as a contact list of “bicycle rescuers” for puncture or other bicycle problems.

 

 

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DISCOVER HELSINGBORG AND THE REGION

ABOUT THE CITY

THE PEARL OF THE STRAIT

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 around, 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 – together with the most innovative citizens in Europe.

A FANTASTIC REGION

EXPLORE

Helsingborg is nestled in the beautiful region of Northwest Skåne, with amazing experiences awaiting you around every corner. Explore the region’s glistening coastal waters and steep cliffs. Enjoy fine dining with fresh local produce and discover unexpected activities to delight the whole family – all just a short distance from the city of Helsingborg. You’ll find easy travel connections from Helsingborg to all that the region has to offer.

BOAT TO DENMARK

SOUTHERN TIP OF SWEDEN

Kronborg Castle in Elsinore, Denmark is one of Northern Europe’s finest Renaissance castles. It is world-famous as the setting for Shakespeare’s Hamlet and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From Helsingborg, it takes 20 minutes by ferry to reach Elsinore. The Danish capital of Copenhagen is also just a 1.5h train ride away.

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