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The Swedish city of Östersund has win for the fourth time the "Flag of Cities and Destinations for All"

The city of Östersund was awarded for the fourth consecutive year with the "Flag of Cities and Destinations for All", on December 19 during a meeting of municipal politicians, because their investment in actions and projects of Design for All in 2016 was the 41,30% of the investment budget.

Among the actions undertaken in 2016, to get the 2017 Flag, include:

- Sports hall, the most important investment object in 2016, was the completion of the Sports hall in Östersund. Connected to the old building, an extension was made. Both in the new part and the old part of the building, efforts has been made to meet the principles of design for all and a high level of accessibility for everyone. Among the measures in the old building there are a new entrance and elevators; and gender neutral dressing rooms. The new sports hall is flexible to use and are used for many different activities.

- Storsjö strand viaduct: A new bridge and viaduct has been built to connect the city centre with Storsjö Strand, a seaside area where there are plans to build many new apartments the coming years. The bridge means new possibilities to reach the seaside in this area, independent of mobility means.

- Adaptations of outdoor areas, one million Swedish crowns were assigned every year to remove barriers in outdoor areas. In 2016 some of the measures have been the improvement of a bus stop to make it accessible and to build a viewpoint at Frösön, at a place where many citizens and visitors like to stop to have a look at the beautiful view over the lake Storsjön.

Att the same time the accessibility price was handed out to an association that has made great efforts to make offers to everyone who wants to take part in their activities: Friskis och Svettis Östersund

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