Stockholm Europe’s Green Capital

Stockholm has been crowned Europe’s first ever Green Capital at a ceremony in Brussels. The city will hold the title for 2010, when it will then be passed on to the German city of Hamburg for 2011.

The European Commission started the prize as a way to award cities that are trying to improve the urban environment for their citizens, and the Commission’s spokesperson on green issues, Barbara Helfferich told Swedish news agency TT that Stockholm is one of the greenest cities in Europe.

Local Green Party politicians were less than impressed that current administration was given the prize however, saying that it had been slowing down efforts to protect the environment.

But Vice Mayor in charge of Green issues, Ulla Hamilton says she is thrilled at the award, saying the city couldn’t have won it if Stockholmers themselves didn’t think the environment was important.

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