The municipality of Jokkmokk is situated at the polar circle. It is the second largest in size of all Swedish municipalities and only slightly smaller than Slovenia. Jokkmokk is a centre for the only indigenous peoples in Europe, the Sami, and their traditional reindeer herding. The area here has for that reason been protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site (Laponia).
At the same time, Jokkmokk is a centre of climate-friendly energy production: almost 70% of households are connected to the biomass district heating and roughly 15% of Sweden’s hydropower (ca 7% of total electricity) is produced here. The municipality is member of a green city-network “Ekokommuner” and has signed the EU Convenant of Mayors. Besides, Jokkmokk is also a centre for education, trainings and research, not at least also in the area of energy. Together with other municipalities here in the region and with the universities of Luleå and Umeå a lot of courses are offered, partly as distance learning courses. The municipality of Jokkmokk has initiated Jokkmokk Winter Conference, an international forum for young climate researchers that will be developed to the naturally meeting point for researchers, municipalities and SMEs working with climate protection.
Municipality of Jokkmokk
Västra Torggatan 11
962 85 Jokkmokk
Tel: +(46) (0)971 – 17305