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Publicerat 18 november, 2014

The Minister for Culture praises Umeå’s openness and commitment

After a two-day visit to the city, Sweden’s Minister for Culture and Democracy, Alice Bah Kuhnke, is impressed with Umeå’s modern commitment. The minister attended the Human Rights Forum and visited the city’s museum of modern art, Bildmuseet.

“You can really feel Umeå’s commitment. By this I mean the city’s modern commitment to collaboration, to the channelling of ideas and to spreading these ideas to others. Although the Year of Culture is coming to an end, it feels like this year is just the beginning. The city has determined a direction it is working toward, and its focus is on the future,” says Bah Kuhnke.

She is enthusiastic about Umeå’s application to become the European Green Capital for 2017. “It’s very inspiring. And we have had very interesting discussions about Umeå as the Green Capital. I think that the city’s experience from the Year of Culture is a great platform upon which Umeå can build as it works to become the European Green Capital of 2017. The Year of Culture has created an openness and willingness to also work for sustainability.”

The minister is looking forward to returning to Umeå. She has stated previously that Umeå and Berlin are two of her favourite cities. “I could definitely consider moving to Umeå. I love Umeå. Of course, I can’t make the decision on my own. I’d be bringing a few other people with me.”

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