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Sharing Cities Sweden

A national program for the sharing economy in cities

The program ran from August 2017 to December 2020 and aims to put Sweden on the map as a country that actively and critically works with the sharing economy in cities. The objectives of the program are to:

  1. Develop world-leading sharing economy test beds in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö and Umeå.
  2. Develop a national node, in order to strengthen national (and international) cooperation and promote a good exchange of experience.

Through test beds in four cities, sharing services and digital solutions/platforms will be developed. The opportunities and risks of the sharing economy will be tested and evaluated. The test beds are complemented by a national node for coordination, national learning and international exchange. The program is implemented in collaboration between business, public organisations, universities and institutes. The aim is to strengthen Sweden's work for the global sustainability goals, and to strengthen Sweden's competitiveness by developing new services and new companies for the domestic and export markets. 

The testbeds will develop sharing services related mainly to 1) sharing of spaces (premises, housing, green structure, shared public spaces, etc.), and 2) sharing of goods and services (tools, clothes, toys, crafts, etc.). Transport and mobility are also included to some extent. Sharing services should contribute to reducing energy and climate impact and sustainable development, but also to promoting socially sustainable development in the city. The sharing services must be innovative and contribute to a wide range of different types of services within the program. The program is part of Viable Cities and is funded by Vinnova.


  • Project leader: Kes McCormick, Lund University
  • Project partners:
    • Main partners: ElectriCITY, City of Gothenburg, City of Malmö, Municipality of Umeå, Lund University, KTH Royal Institute of Technology.
    • Malmö test-bed: City of Malmö, Trianon AB, E.ON, Form/Design Center, SLU, Lund University, IVL Swedish Environmental Institute.
    • Stockholm test-bed: KTH, ElectriCITY, City of Stockholm, Ericsson, Evothings, RISE, Skanska etc.
    • Göteborg test-bed: Älvstranden Utveckling AB, University of Gothenburg, Studiefrämjandet, Kollaborativ Ekonomi Göteborg, Akademiska hus, Elof Hansson, NCC Property Development, Riksbyggen, Stena Fastigheter (Göteborg), The Food Print Lab, Klädoteket, Majornas samverkansförening, Coompanion
    • Umeå test-bed: Umeå Municipality, Akademiska hus, Coompanion, Umeå Energi, UPAB, VAKIN, Västerbotten County Council, and Umeå University.
  • Total budget: 117 000 000 SEK
  • Grant requested: SEK 51 441 000
  • Start date: 2017-08-01
  • End date: 2020-12-31
  • Type of action: innovation
  • Keywords: Sharing economy, consumption, business models, test bed.

More about the initiative

Contact us

Kes McCormick, National Node, Lund University

Philip Näslund, Umeå test-bed

Charlie Gullström, Stockholm test-bed

Oscar Pelin, Malmö test-bed

Tove Lund, Gothenburg test-bed

Thomas Bergendorff, Vinnova

Patrik Rydén, Viable Cities