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The same goals, the same region. We help to boost cross-border cooperation capacities of local actors in the South Baltic Sea region.â€‹
This is the most southern region of Sweden. With an ancient history it presents ruins from the iron-age like the mystical Aleâ€™s stones, 59 stones placed in the formation of a ship, maybe a burial monument or an astronomical clock. Originally part of Denmark, the region is scattered by pre-17th century Danish influences throughout the villages, towns and cities. Symbol of this relation is the Ã–resund Bridge, an impressive 16 km-long bridge connecting Copenhagen and MalmÃ¶. Ancient monuments from the Viking era are also present in the region like the remnants of the old Trelleborg castle.
Famous for IKEA founded by Ingvar Kamprad from Elmtaryd farm in Agunnaryd village (acronym). Sweden's 30th National Park Ã…snen offers a unique lake archipelago with a 700 km shoreline and more than a thousand islands.
Blekinge attracts for its unique archipelago and more than 1000 lakes. The main city of Karlskrona is part of Unesco World Heritage sites as an outstanding example of a late-17th-century European planned naval city. The original plan and many of the buildings have survived intact, along with installations that illustrate its subsequent development up to the present day. It is the best preserved and most complete of the surviving European naval cities.
Kalmar is a region in the south of Sweden occupying part of the historical province of SmÃ¥land. Famous for its beautiful countryside, typical red cottages, glassware shaping, it presents also a landscape known as the Stora Alvaret designated World Heritage Site due to its extraordinary biodiversity and prehistory. And have you ever heard about Pippi Longstocking? Her author, Astrid Lindgren, was born in Vimmerby.
There's a distinctly German flavour to KlaipÄ—da (klai-pey-da). Lithuania's third-largest city, formerly known as Memel, was part of the Prussian Kingdom until the region wrestled to autonomy in 1923. Buildings in the compact, cobblestoned Old Town are constructed in the German fachwerk style â€“ that is, with distinctive half-timbered facades. Beyond the orderly historic centre, the modern city sprawls into an industrial forest of cranes and shipyards, sliced in two by the DanÄ— River as it meanders into the Baltic Sea. Lithuania share the Curonian Spit with Kaliningrad Oblast. The 98 km long, thin, curved sand-dune spit separates the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea coast. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site shared by the two countries.
Kaliningrad Oblast, is a Russian exclave between Poland and Lithuania on the Baltic Sea. Old medieval castles and ruins of forts are sprinkled throughout the area leftover from the East Prussia days, as well as sandy beaches on the Baltic Sea. Its administrative centre is the city of Kaliningrad, previously known as KÃ¶nigsberg, city of the german philosopher Immanuel Kant.
North-eastern region in Poland, it presents few curiosities like a place where the borders of Poland, Lithuania and Russia join; the ElblÄ…g-OstrÃ³dzki canal is unique in the whole world monument of hydro-engineering, and the Wielka Å»uÅ‚awa which is the biggest inland island in Europe with 84 ha of surface. The region hosted famous historical characters like Nicolaus Copernicus and Johann Gottfried Herder.
The province is one of rich cultural heritage. The Tricity urban area, consisting of GdaÅ„sk, Gdynia and Sopot, is one of the main cultural, commercial and educational centres of Poland. Amongst the most recognisable landmarks of the region are the historic city centre of GdaÅ„sk filled with Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque masterpieces, the largest medieval churches of Poland (the St. Mary's Church in GdaÅ„sk and the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption in Pelplin) and the Malbork Castle. The castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the largest castle in the world by area, built by the Teutonic Knights. Completed in 1406 was the world's largest brick Gothic castle. Kaszuby is one of the most diverse region in Poland, stretching from the Baltic Sea to the Tucholskie Forests. Kashubian people, a west-slavic ethnic group still live here, proud of their heritage and still cultivating their regional traditions.
BORNHOLM is a Danish island in the Baltic Sea off the south coast of Sweden. In its north are the clifftop ruins of Hammershus, a medieval castle. In 2017 Bornholm became the first place in Europe to be designated a World Craft Region for its creative culture of textiles, pottery, art and glassware shaping. Bornholm keeps alive the traditions of smoking fish and today itâ€™s still possible to visit its distinctive white-towered smokehouses.
UMBRELLA project -Training and coaching pack on 2nd October Umbrella’s partners, Associated Partners and our experts took part in a training held by Whitecom Project Experience. We familiarized with our manuals for trainers and beneficiaries of the project, we got to know each other and we tested ourselves during a practical workshop. Now we know […]>
Come and learn how to develop your project idea into a successful project application! Sign up to take part in free of charge trainings organized by the UMBRELLA project partners in Sweden, Poland, Lithuania and Denmark. They will be held in national languages. Decide whether you would like to participate in a beginner or advanced […]>
Future trends in ENERGY and ELECTROMOBILITY in the South Baltic Region Cross-border Conference with PA panel; 25th of October, 2019, Scandic Hotel, Gdansk, Poland. Invitation Baltic Institute for Regional Affairs BISER together with UMBRELLA Interreg South Baltic project partners, take immense pleasure in inviting you to attend the Cross-border Conference with PA panel that will take place in […]>
The XV UBC General Conference “Building an inclusive and resident-focused city. The Baltic way” hosted over 250 participants from all Baltic Sea Countries. The UBC Youth Conference was held parallel to the General Conference, with around 70 participants from the Baltic Sea Region. Magda Leszczyna-Rzucidło, Head of the International permanent Secretariat moderated one of the […]>
Summary from the Interreg South Baltic Programme website: Sharing knowledge and learning from each other at the Annual Event 2019 of the Interreg South Baltic Programme. Over one hundred participants from Poland, Lithuania, Germany, Denmark and Sweden – project partners, beneficiaries, representatives of local and regional authorities, as well as representatives of non-governmental institutions (NGO) – […]>
Last week we were in Lisbon, Portugal, to meet with our 6 partner organizations from our “Connect Europe” Europe for Citizens project discussing:– How to raise awareness on #EURights– How to challenge authorities in implementing the Charter on fundamental rights– The way forward from the existing charter to include new important rights. This project aims to connect […]>