What is STRING?

STRING is both a political cross-border cooperation, as well as a geographical area. STRING as an organisation is a political crossborder partnership between Akershus County and Østfold County in Norway, Region Halland, Region Västra Götaland, Region Skåne and the City of Malmö in Sweden, the City of Copenhagen, the Capital Region of Denmark and Region Zealand in Denmark, Schleswig-Holstein and the City of Hamburg in Germany.

These partners come together in STRING in order to create joint politics and initiaitives to strengthen regional development by working together for a common agenda concerning infrastructure, green growth, cross-border barriers, science and research and tourism.

The STRING partners are: 

The City of Oslo
Akershus County
Østfold County
Region Västra Götaland
The City of Gothenburg
Region Halland
Region Skåne
The City of Malmö 
The City of Copenhagen
The Capital Region of Denmark
Region Zealand
City of Hamburg


STRING kort inkl. Goteborg

The history

The STRING partnership was founded in 1999 as an INTEREG programme with the focus on establishing a new fixed link between Denmark and Germany. In 2008, Germany and Denmark signed a State Treaty, agreeing on the establishment of the fixed Femern Belt link. In the light of this, the cooperation between the STRING Partners changed towards promoting regional development and green growth in the corridor stretching from Southern Scandinavia to Hamburg.

In 2018 five new partners - Akershus and Østfold Counties, Region Västra Götaland and Region Halland - joined STRING expanding the STRING Corridor north following the Swedish westcoast to Southern Norway and the Oslo area.

In order to create a mutual political agenda and strategy, STRING is organised around five key themes, prioritised by all the partners. These shared priorities are:

•    Infrastructure
•    Tourism and Culture
•    Science and Development
•    Green Growth
•    Cross-border Barriers

To facilitate the work of the STRING partners, the secretariat aims to:

•    Develop common political agendas through analysis , fact findings, discussions and dialogues with stakeholders in- and outside the STRING partners government structures

•    Cooperate with central stakeholders in business life, universities, labor-organisations, culture institutions and NGO´s  to establish cooperation, networks and projects supporting  the overall vision and objectives of STRING

•    Develop a lobby, PR and communications agenda promoting STRING and its adjacent projects. The target groups  are the general public, as well as national governments and EU institutions; in particular the Parliament, the Commission, DG Regio and DG Transport