The cities driving
Skåne has more than one city acting as a growth engine for the region, which includes Malmö, Helsingborg and Lund. These dynamic cities, together with other regional centres all do their bit to help the southernmost part of Sweden consistently rank among the group considered to have the highest innovation power in the EU (Regional Innovation Scoreboard 2023).
Greater than the
sum of its parts
Skåne is made up of contrasts which come together to create an open, innovative, ambitious region that’s greater than the sum of its parts. Skåne is the best of all worlds and comprises four unique and incredible parts - the northeast, northwest, southeast and southwest.
Northeastern Skåne is very green, with deep forests, magical lakes, extensive wetlands and a 35km coastline. Kristianstad is the largest city in the northeast and has some of the best farmlands in Skåne, a strong food industry, a competitive university and Åhus, an important bulk cargo port in southern Sweden. Together with the important rail connection hub Hässleholm, Kristianstad is a pivotal growth driver in the northeast.
Known as the Helsingborg family, this part of Skåne is proud of its collaboration with its municipalities for growth, efficiency, and development of the northwest. It's an ideal location for those seeking adventure, excitement and a slightly more rugged landscape. The northwest is also home to Landskrona, a city with a strong focus on industry, and a labour market geared towards industrial production and services.
Tucked away in the southeastern part of Skåne is a piece of paradise called Österlen. If you long for some peace and romance away from the pulse of the city, then this charming, laidback part of Skåne is the place for you. The southeast is easily accessible by public transport so one could easily live here and commute to other parts of Skåne for work. Österlen is also home to Ystad where Henning Mankell's crime novels play out.
Home to Malmö, Lund, as well as the city of Trelleborg (with its Port of Trelleborg - Scandinavia’s largest Roll-on/Roll-off port and Sweden’s only port with railway ferries), southwest Skåne packs a powerful punch. Southwest Skåne offers the pulse of a big city as well as a vacation feeling all year long. It also brings you that much closer to Europe due to its proximity to Denmark and strategic ferry connections with the continent.
3 Skåne cities in
EU 100 list
Malmö, Helsingborg and Lund feature on the EU list of 100 climate neutral and smart cities, as part of the European Union's Cities Mission. The objective of the EU initiative is to ensure that these cities act as experimentation and innovation hubs to put all European cities in a position to become climate-neutral by 2050.