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The Stockholm project - part 2 was launched in September 2021 and includes 19 small parks.>>>

The Stockholm project - part 1 was launched in 2016 and includes 11 nature/culture reserves with 65 identified quiet sites. >>>

The city of Sundbyberg project The project has not been updated since it's launch in 2015 but the entrance information signs for each walk and the signposts at the identified sites still promotes vistor to stop and listen. >>>


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The Stockholm project - part 2. In September 2021, the second part of the project was launched including 19 small parks throughout the city. In the spring 2022, as the city gets greener the city will relaunch both parts of the Guide to Silence project

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Key ingredients in the second part of the Stockholm project!

19 parks that give the visitor a chance to listen to the sounds of nature and get a daily green experience. Very diverse parks from pocket parks to small green areas with wide views of the water. Together with the first part of the project we now have 84 (65+19) identified sites throughout the city that offer calm nature experiences. The future aim is that every Stockholmer should have access to calm nature within a 10 minute walk from their home or office.

The city's parks serve many purposes, one of them being to provide us residents with a dose of calm nature, but green areas are also needed throughout the city to support biodiversity. The city's parks are never completely silent, but many of them are quiet enough so that we can hear nature's own sounds.

The 19 parks are presented in a printed folder, on the web and on the Naturkartan (nature map). More information:

The City of Stockholm - Guide to Silence page (in Swedish)

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The Stockholm project - part 1. included 11 nature and culture reserves, 22 walks, 65 identified calm places with diverse natural attributes. From wide lake views to deep forest to open cultural landscapes. More than one million people in the city of Stockholm and suburban cities can access these walks directly from their homes/workplace or after a short commute by bike, metro, bus or car.

Things we want to highlight in the first part of the Stockholm project!

The 11 small brochures show the way to two walks and 5-7 calm places in each reserve. Both printed and webmaterial show how to expand the experience in nature.

The walks are branded based on accessibility, we use the same idea as for branding of ski slopes: green = easy (flat wide trails), blue = intermediate (roots, stones) and red = tougher (elevation, rough).

Noise maps. With inspiration from the Norwegian mapping of calm areas in Oslo we included noise maps for each nature reserve. These maps will give a overview of all the areas. You can directly see which nature reserves have the most and least noise disturbance from traffic. And you also see how the different parts of each reserve are affected.

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If you want a closer look go to our Virtual Walks page, two of the Stockholm walks are included. Contact us if you want more information about the Stockholm project.

Ulf Bohman:, phone: +46-730-46 13 77, Project manager City of Stockholm, Magnus Lindqvist.


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Guide to Silence Stockholm part 1 - here you can download a PDF copy of the folders covering 11 areas and 22 walks:

Älvsjöskogen (PDF folder)

Årstaskogen (PDF folder)

Flaten (PDF folder)

Grimsta (PDF folder)

Hansta (PDF folder)

Igelbacken (PDF folder)

Judarskogen (PDF folder)

Kyrkhamn (PDF folder)

Kyrksjölöten (PDF folder)

Nackareservatet (PDF folder)

Sätraskogen (PDF folder)

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The Sundbyberg project. Sundbyberg is a direct neighbor to the city of Stockholm and at the same time, by land area, the smallest city/community in all of Sweden. Sundbyberg was in 2014 also the fastest growing community in Sweden. In the already dense city several new building projects are on the way so it was even more encouraging that the city of Sundbyberg wanted to identify and present calm green areas in the midst of its expansion. The key difference from the Stockholm project is that Guide to Silence Sundbyberg includes small parks and green areas as well as one nature reserve.

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Important parts of the Sundbyberg project:

One folder covers the six calm places and five walks. At the start of each walk a map and short explanation is presented on a large sign.  All six places also have our new blue signpost. (We couldn’t find any good signposts to highlight the places we identified, so we designed them - one for the calm and beautiful places in nature and one for stillness in the inner sense).

The blue signpost for outer silence follows the form and color scheme that the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency uses for signposts in nature reserves and national parks. The green sign post for inner stillness will be used in books and digital media to showcase inner stillness.

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You can find all six designated places in Sundbyberg on Google maps. Search with the Swedish spelling: Guide till tystnaden Sundbyberg. One of the Sundbyberg walks Nötbacken, is also included in our Virtual Walks, link.

Contact us for more information: Ulf Bohman:, phone: +46-730-461377, Project manager Angelica Aronsson City of Sundbyberg, On the web: City of Sundbyberg (only in Swedish)


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