We communicate and co-operate a lot ”sideways”, with the regions of Trondheim and Sundsvall. Formal contacts, ties of friendship, tourism. Travelling time for Trondheim about three and a half hours Travelling time for Sundsvall about two hours Travelling time for Stockholm, by express train: less than five hours.
People have been living on Frösön since the Iron age (in Sweden from about 500 BC). The rune-stone was raised in the eleventh century AD and a ”viking” court was active until the year 1480. The region was partially Norwegian until 1647, and trading with Norway was very active. Östersund was founded in 1786 by King Gustavus the Third. Jämtland was declared a county, with Östersund as residence town, by 1810. By 1879 the railroad reached Östersund. This resulted in a doubling of the city's population to 4,000 people The Town Hall opened in1912. Photographer: Roger Strandberg
In December 2004 the Swedish Parliament voted for termination of all military regiments in Östersund. As compensation fourteen governmental institutions were relocated, totally or partially, to Östersund. Photographer: Jämtlands Garnison
Det främsta kännetecknet för Östersund är vår vinter. På sommaren är Östersund som de flesta andra städer. Men Vintern är annorlunda. När det regnar och slaskar på många andra håll, har vi ofta en vit, krispig, kall och vacker vinter. En vinter som vi tar vara på och njuter av. Foto: Tommy Andersson
Photographer: Bengt Ola Mattsson
If you look out over the lake on a Saturday in February, one might think that someone put a colorful patchwork of ice. In fact, it's a throng of people, enjoying yet another beautiful winter day on the ice. This phenomenon is called Winter Park. in Winter Park is a skridskolek with exciting lekstationer and snöborg for children. A plowed ice rink, the so-called tailwind, two mil long and attracts long cuts with long-distance skates. There is also a trail system for skiing and marked footpaths. You can hire a kick, ride horse-drawn sleigh with a furry carters, whiz up in a dog team or ride on a snowmobile safari.
Winter Park and the start of the skating rink Medvinden . Foto: Sverker Berggren, Infobyrån, Östersunds kommun.
From the Winter Park based on Sweden's longest, plowed ice skating rink, tailwind, which is about two mil and built on the frozen lake. The frozen lake offers tours of skating or cross country skiing with magnificent views of the mountains.
Foto: Sverker Berggren, Infobyrån, Östersunds kommun
Around Ostersund's mountains and magnificent scenery. An accessible wilderness for recreation, sports, hunting and fishing just around the corner of the city with its range and service. An hour away is the Åre, the premier ski resort in Scandinavia, with intense skiing and a vibrant nightlife.
The huge fresh water reservoir of Lake Storsjön is so pure that you can drink the water, straight from the lake. Östersund was the first Swedish municipality to be environmentaly certified according to both ISO 14001 och EMAS standards. The municipality is well on its way in environmental issues, and the work behind the certifications began as early as 1992. Photographer: Sverker Berggren
In 2010, the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC ) appointed Östersund as Sweden's best climate municipality in their comparative climate index, compiled every three years. The SSNC had the following to say in regards to our award: &quot; Östersund is the best, thanks to comprehensive and ambitious climate efforts in all areas .&quot; The municipalities are evaluated based on these key areas: • climate change and historic changes in emissions • intelligent transport, communication and community • energy conversion and municipal buildings • food's carbon footprint • international cooperation • green jobs • good examples of climate change Photo: Sverker Berggren, Infobyrån, City of Östersund. Illustration: Gustav Kaape Lindqvist
In 2011 the National Board of Agriculture and the Government appointed Östersund as the year’s capital city of Culinary Sweden, the first to receive such a nomination. The contest is part of the project, “Sweden - the new culinary nation”, which aims to create more jobs and growth, primarily through investments in food and food production, combined with tourism. Part of the justification for the award, comes from the fact that &quot;Östersund has a diverse economy that is characterised by an entrepreneurial spirit and has many companies based in the food industry. In Jämtland county there is a wide variety of primary production with good prospects for grassland agriculture, reindeer husbandry, livestock production and organic production sectors&quot;. UNESCO's initiative, the ‘Creative Cities Network’ has appointed Jämtland as a gastronomic region. Östersund is one of 25 cities in the world who are on the network but only Östersund and Popayan in Colombia are nominated in the category of gastronomy. This award is a confirmation of Östersund’s and Jämtland county’s high status within gastronomy and food craftsmanship. Illustration: Syre Reklambyrå. The text in the picture should read: ÖSTERSUND CULINARY SWEDEN’S CAPITAL CITY 2011 UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy
According to a survey from September 2007, Östersund is much associated with outdoors-products. Many of these products are used in winter, which also strengthens Östersund's trade-mark Winter City. Photographer: Hilleberg. Ok från Rolf Hilleberg 14 juni -05
The county of Jämtland is often described as the Swedish equivalent to Provance (or Tuscany?)
World Junior Curling Championships in Ösdersund, March 2008. Photographer: Harry Westermark
The ski stadium is situated a fifteen minute walk from downtown Östersund. 90 kilometres of tracks for amateurs and athletes. National and international competitions in cross-country skiing and biathlon. Lighting facilities meet with internationla TV-demands for night-time broadcasting. Public stand holds 10,000 spectators, with an additional 15,000 people along the tracks. High-tech solutions provide computer access and real-time positioning updates. Photographer: Sverker Berggren
The City of Östersund is the county's largest employer. Overall, the group has a turnover of 3.5 billion kroner and 5,600 employees. The City of Östersund is therefore the county's largest employer. Our large departments are bigger than most of the companies in the county. The municipality has four roles: The role as a community builder means that it has the task of being the coordinator and promoter of local and regional development. This includes promoting partnerships with, for example, the local business community, the university and the non-profit sector. The role as a good employer which means it aims to be an attractive employer in which employees thrive and have meaningful jobs. It also has the role of an authority , in areas such as the licensing and controls. And also through its responsibility to support the residents in areas such as unemployment and social exclusion. The most extensive role of the municipality is still the provider of good community services . For example, good childcare, schools, and care for the elderly and people with support needs. Rich cultural and leisure facilities, high quality of both air and water, good housing conditions, good transport links and an attractive social environment. The municipality as an organisation is conducted both in a department and a corporate structure and Bengt Marsh is the City Executive Officer of Östersund Photo: Sverker Berggren, Infobyrån, City of Östersund
Östersund's political vision is: &quot;A democratic, socially, ecologically and economically sustainable Östersund.“ This is a long-term vision and forms the basis for policy making. Everyone employed by the municipality works on behalf of its residents and has the common goal to provide the best possible service for the money that the residents pay to the municipality in the form of taxes and fees. Photo: Roger Strandberg, Infobyrån, City of Östersund Photoassembly: Mycket Mera Media
The municipality is governed through a partnership between S, V and MP. The highest decision-making body is the City Council. Kjell Svantesson (S) is the Chair of the City Council. AnnSofie Andersson (S) is the Chair of the City Executive Board - see picture. At the 2010 election, Östersund’s residents decided how many places in the City Council each party would be allocated over the next four years. The election gave the following results: Social Democrats: 27, Conservatives: 13, Centre Party: 12, Green Party: 5, Left Party: 4 Liberal Party:4, Christian Democratic Party: 1, Sweden Democrats: 1 Footnote: The percentage and the seats date from 23-9-2010 Photo: Sverker Berggren, Infobyrån, City of Östersund. Illustration: Gustav Kaape Lindqvist
Organisational chart. The City of Östersund. Illustration: Gustav Kaape Lindqvist
A municipality has revenues primarily from three sources. There are government grants, municipal taxes and fees that are paid for supplied services, such as cleaning or childcare. Broadly speaking, the municipality is funded 65 percent by tax revenues, 25 percent by fees and 10 percent by government subsidies. The municipality may decide how some government grants are spent, while others are targeted at specific areas, such as schools. The City Council decides on the levels for municipal tax and fees and divides the municipality’s money across the various sectors. In total, about 3.5 billion kroner is to be distributed. The pie chart shows how public money was divided between the various committees in 2010 The largest part of the municipality's costs are labour costs. Other major costs are property costs and the maintenance of buildings, etc Illustration: Gustav Kaape Lindqvist
Thank you for your attention! Photo: Roger Strandberg, Infobyr å n, City of Ö stersund.
Östersund in Sweden <ul><li>The Capital of the County of Jämtland </li></ul><ul><li>59,300 inhabitants </li></ul><ul><li>Area: 2517 km 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Åre Östersund Airport </li></ul><ul><li>3.5 hours from Trondheim, by car </li></ul><ul><li>2 hours to Sundsvall </li></ul><ul><li>5 hours to Stockholm, by express train </li></ul>Trondheim Sundsvall Stockholm
The termination of garrisons… …turned into development <ul><li>350 years of military tradition ended </li></ul><ul><li>1,400 people, or 3 per cent of the regional labour market, lost their job </li></ul><ul><li>Östersund was compensated with 1,200 governmental jobs. </li></ul><ul><li>New uses for regiment quarters: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>University, residential areas, offices, arena, arts centre etc. </li></ul></ul>
Wintercity The winter is our greatest asset We enjoy it, and we benefit from it Many winter sports events and World class arenas
<ul><li>Winter Park, a recreational area for fun and games. Snow castle, skating track, sauna, winter bathing, refreshments and deckchairs </li></ul><ul><li>Sweden’s longest maintained skating track, Medvinden, stretches for 20 kilometres </li></ul><ul><li>The ski slope of Frösön, Gustavsbergsbacken, is situated five minutes from the city centre. </li></ul><ul><li>Europe’s largest funpark for cross-country skiing, Frösö Skidlek, offers playful skiing for children </li></ul>The pleasures of Winter Public establishments
Winter Park - Winter's living room • A place for fun and enjoyment . • There is snow forts, ice skating track, ice bath, sauna, food, drinks and chairs
Surrounded by the breathtaking open spaces • Around Ostersund's mountains and magnificent scenery throughout the year
Sailing on drinking-water <ul><li>First Swedish municipality to be certified in accordance to both ISO 14001 and EMAS </li></ul><ul><li>Freshest air and cleanest water of Europe </li></ul><ul><li>“ Preserving Winter is vital” </li></ul>
Sweden’s best for climate work • The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation compared the 221 municipalities in 2010’s climate index. • ” Östersund is the best, thanks to comprehensive and ambitious climate efforts in all areas.”
The capital city of Culinary Sweden Östersund named as the capital city of Culinary Sweden in 2011 by the National Board of Agriculture and the government . • Jämtland has also been named as a gastronomic region in the Creative Cities Network.
Östersund appointed as a Creative City of Gastronomy by UNESCO july 2010 The purpose of the network is to enhance the creative, social and economic potential of cultural industries
Many “outdoors companies” in the region <ul><li>Niched at outdoors-, event- and adventure sector, many with winter profile </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Snow systems from Areco and Lenco </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ski Lift systems from Liftbyggarna </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tents from Hilleberg </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Outdoors equipment and clothes from, e.g. Lundhags, Triangia, Woolpower, Klättermusen och ToBe </li></ul></ul>
Food craftsmanship <ul><li>The region is famous for its’ food craftsmanship, and no other Swedish region has so many small-scale producers </li></ul><ul><li>Among the specialities are cured meats and provisions, cheese, berries and chocolates. </li></ul><ul><li>The Swedish national centre of food craftsmanship, Eldrimner, is located to the County Jämtland </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Annual gourmet fair </li></ul></ul>
Events are important parts of tourism <ul><li>Aims at, along with Åre, becoming Northern Europe's leading winter sports region </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Alpine World Championships 2007 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IBU World Championships 2008 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Aims at becoming a recurrent host of World Cup competitions in biathlon </li></ul>
The ski stadium of Östersund The World’s best Biathlon stadium <ul><li>90 km of tracks </li></ul><ul><li>Illuminated to meet night-time TV demands </li></ul><ul><li>Public stand for 10,000 spectators </li></ul><ul><li>Computer access by the tracks </li></ul>
<ul><li>18 000m 3 of snow have been stored in order to guarantee the IBU World Championships </li></ul><ul><li>Producing snow, early in the season and for major winter sports events, is a long term objective </li></ul>Snow is guaranteed
The City of Östersund <ul><li>5 600 employees. </li></ul><ul><li>Seven departments. </li></ul><ul><li>Turnover of 3,5 billion kroner. </li></ul>• Community builder, employer authority and service provider.
Activities of the municipality <ul><li>Preschool 1-5 </li></ul><ul><li>Education class 6-12 </li></ul><ul><li>Individual and family care </li></ul><ul><li>Social security benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Elderly and disability care and medical care at home </li></ul><ul><li>Streets and roads </li></ul><ul><li>Culture and recreation </li></ul>
Activities of the municipality <ul><li>Town planning and environmental administration </li></ul><ul><li>Fire department and emergency service </li></ul><ul><li>Water supply and garbage collection and disposal </li></ul>
Östersund’s political vision • A democratic, socially, ecologically and economically sustainable Östersund. • The starting point for policy making.
The political leadership • The municipality is governed through a partnership between S, V and MP. • The highest decision-making body in the municipality is the City Council. AnnSofie Andersson
STRUCTURE FOR GOVERNING THE CITY OF ÖSTERSUND Goals to strive towards in sectoral plans, budget etc. Requirements in annual budget, agreements etc. Contracts with units, volume, quality, etc. Plan and activities to fulfil contracts, etc. National governing documents Political level Follow up contracts & report to committee Unit follow up plan & that activities are implemented Council follows up and evaluates goals in budget Follow up & evaluate agreements, etc. Department level City council Committees Departments Units
The money – and how it is used • Municipal tax is determined by the elected politicians in the City Council. • They also decide how the money should be divided.