Regional governments pledge support to Stockholm 2026 bid

The executive council chairs of the three Swedish regions proposed to host the 2026 edition of the winter Olympic and Paralympic Games have published a joint letter of support for the bid.

The letter has been published in local daily newspapers and has been co-signed by Irene Svenonius, chair of the Stockholm Region Executive Council; Mats Gärd, chair of the Jämtland Härjedalen Region Executive Council; and Ulf Berg, chair of the Dalarna Region Executive Council.

The Stockholm Åre bid proposes that the Åre ski resort hosts alpine and snowboard events during the Olympics and Paralympics, with Falun in Dalarna put forward as the host for ski jumping and Nordic combined. The Stockholm region would stage 73 per cent of Olympic events and 86 per cent of Paralympic sessions.

The letter from the regional council leaders said: “An Olympic and Paralympic winter Games in Sweden would be delivered in a uniquely sustainable way – in terms of the environment, but also in terms of the economy and wider society. The focus around sustainability for 2026 is extremely good for Sweden, a nation leading in this area globally, thanks to long-standing systematic work on sustainable development.”

The letter added: “We get the opportunity to show the breadth and beauty of our magnificent country – and to increase awareness and interest in Sweden. This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase Sweden, and Swedish expertise, to the world. Properly managed, an Olympic and Paralympic winter Games in Sweden can make an impact long after 2026 and open up new markets and opportunities for Swedish companies and businesses.”

The regional governments have also provide formal guarantees of all necessary public services for the Games. The bid has also claimed the necessary guarantees of services from the national governments of Sweden and Latvia, which would host sliding events during the Games.

Stockholm is facing competition for the 2026 Games from an Italian bid incorporating Milan and Cortina D’Ampezzo. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will select the host city on June 24 during the 134th IOC Session in Lausanne, Switzerland.