City voices and stories


We capture and share the stories and voices of cities and partners from the Baltic Sea City Accelerator. They are co-creating and transforming a sustainable blue future of the Baltic Sea Region.

Meet some of the cities from the Spring 2019 programme. We asked them to describe why it is important to clean up the Baltic Sea and to describe some of the challenges that their municipality faces.

Katrineholm is an inland city in Sweden with a population over 34,0000 and is located 218 km from the Baltic Sea coast. Many major companies have their logistics centers in Katrineholm.

Gargždai located in the Klaipeda District in Lithuania has a population of 60,000 and is approximately 19 km to the Baltic Sea. The main industries are transport, manufacturing and trade sector.

Zarasai is located in the Northeastern part of Lithuania. With a population of 23,000, Zarasai has many lakes and tourism is one of the main industries.

Sopot is located in the Northern part of Poland and is a coastal town. There are approximately 40,000 people living there and Sopot is mainly known for its spas and beaches.

Paide is an inland municipality in Estonia located approximately 90 km from the Baltic Sea. With a population of just over 10,000 inhabitants, the main industries include retail, service, construction, agriculture and tourism.

Gdynia is located on the Baltic coast in Poland and has a population of 244,000 citizens. Gdynia is known as a port city with maritime industry and manufacturing.