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Linköping named Europe's most innovative city

The municipality of Linköping yesterday won the EU's iCapital Awards. This is the first time a Swedish city has won the award. The award is given to EU cities that solve societal and sustainability challenges through innovation in an exemplary way.

This is the ninth European Capital of Innovation Awards, also known as iCapital, and this year is the first time a Swedish city has received the award. In addition to the honor and confirmation of good innovation work, Linköping receives half a million euros to continue on the path of innovation. 

- Several Swedish cities have previously placed high in the competition, but this is the first time a Swedish city has won. We are very proud and happy to be highlighted as a role model in Europe, and will continue to develop our work to create the best possible city for our residents.

- Mikael Sanfridson (S), Mayor of Linköping Municipality.

Linköping is one of the 23 cities within Viable Cities mobilizing for the mission of Climate Neutral Cities 2030. 

Out of 12 finalists in the European Rising Innovative city category, three finalists were selected, in addition to Linköping, Cork in Ireland and Padova, Italy. The winner Linköping was presented by the European Commission in Marseille on November 27. 

Lisbon, Portugal, won the prize in the European Capital of Innovation category.

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