On Wednesday 9 April, The King continued his visit to various businesses and districts in the City of Stockholm to find out how the city is addressing the growing population through town planning, environmental technology and infrastructure.
During his visit on 2 April, there was a focus on town planning, environmental technology and infrastructure, while his second visit centred on the city's profile and its responsibility for good municipal service to improve the attractiveness of the suburbs.
The visit began with County Governor of Stockholm County Chris Heister explaining during the coach journey to Kista about regional cooperation and the programmes drawn up by the County Administrative Board to coordinate state targets and initiatives. The aim is that the City of Stockholm should become Europe's most attractive urban region by improving security, reducing climatic impact, addressing the shortage of infrastructure capacity and reducing isolation.
As an example, the County Governor spoke about the work that began when it was announced that AstraZeneca would be transferring part of its operations from Södertälje. This included setting up a development institute, SweTox, to take over AstraZeneca's toxicology research equipment and work towards achieving safer chemicals, better health and a sustainable environment.
The King arrived at Jobbtorget in Kista. Katarina Bexar, Head of Jobbtorg Kista, and Ann-Christin Garcers, Head of Jobbtorg Youth, spoke about the organisation's operations. Jobbtorget works together with the Swedish Public Employment Service, as well as other players. There are currently six Jobbtorget offices in Stockholm, and in 2013 more than half the 6,600 applicants went on to support themselves. Since the organisation was founded, more than 18,000 Stockholmers have gone from relying on social security payments to supporting themselves thanks to Jobbtorget. Jobbtorget also provides tailor-made training based on the needs of the individual and the market, including training for the restaurant, construction and cleaning sectors.
The King then met some of the applicants who had obtained jobs and work experience through Jobbtorg Youth: Mikael Davani at Bauhaus customer services, Sara Hayder at Jobbtorg Youth in Kista, Sadiq Ahmed at a residential home for the elderly and Mohammed Kaldi as a traffic host at Rinkeby's shopping area.
The King met Staffan Ingvarsson, Assistant Chief of Staff at the City of Stockholm, who presented plans for a city with more centres. The project is called A Coherent City. Linking together the various parts of Stockholm is of the utmost importance, and the increase in population is strengthening the entire Stockholm region.
On the coach from Kista to Rinkeby, CEO of the municipal housing company Familjebostäder Magdalena Bosson explained about the rebuilding of public housing and of Rinkeby.
At Familjebostäder's site office on Degerbyvägen in Rinkeby, The King found out more about how Rinkeby's shopping area is being rebuilt to create an area with shops, restaurants and services for the people of Rinkeby. Around 16,000 people live here, and Familjebostäder's Property Manager Lars Björk explained about the work involved in transforming the area into a meeting place and a commercial centre that helps to inspire faith in the future. Another factor is more jobs coming to the district. For example, the City of Stockholm is moving administrative departments from central Stockholm to the suburbs, and the Cultural Administration is moving to Rinkeby. The King also learnt about the environmental initiatives being carried out. These include erecting 10,000 square metres of solar cells on around 40 buildings and at several sports grounds in Järva.