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Sharing towns

This initiative is part of Sharing Cities Sweden, a national program for the sharing economy in cities.

This strategic project aims to reduce energy use and climate impact by developing the sharing economy in smaller cities. Based on Karlstad and dialogue workshops with other smaller cities, the project will answer the question - what role can smaller cities play in the sharing economy, and how can their work be driven? 

The project consists of three sub-projects on the themes of development of networks and support systems, service development, and communication with citizens, consumers and businesses. The project will strengthen the networks and support systems around the sharing economy at local level and link it to the national and international networks. This is to gain knowledge and at the same time disseminate and scale the practices and sharing services developed in the second sub-project. Within this subproject, a test environment is established with associated support functions for the development, testing, launch and also scaling of sharing services that can be implemented in smaller cities.

The test environment will have a relatively simple and resource-efficient set-up in order to be implemented also in smaller cities. The third sub-project aims to develop communication methods that address the specific communication challenges posed by the sharing economy. The sub-project will strengthen consumers' and businesses' knowledge and commitment to sustainable consumption through the sharing economy, including by guiding them to sharing economy activities and solutions.


  • Project manager: Henric Barkman, Karlstad Municipality 
  • Partners: Karlstad Municipality and the following partners: WSP, Innovation Park, Center for Service Research/Karlstad University, Naturskyddsföreningen i Värmland, Konsumentverket, and Centrum Karlstad.
  • Total budget: SEK 4 150 000
  • Grant requested: SEK 2 000 000
  • Start date: 2019-01-01 
  • End date: 2020-12-31
  • Type of action: innovation
  • Keywords: resource platforms, sustainable development, local networks, collaborative approaches, innovation, sharing economy, cities, entrepreneurship, sharing services

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