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Welcome to Stockholm 2008

Dear friends and colleagues,

All Swedish surveyors invite you to Sweden and Stockholm to attend the FIG Working Week 14–19 June 2008. We in the Swedish Association of Chartered Surveyors, SLF will do our very best to include Swedish flavour in the technical and social programme.

Summer is the right time to visit Scandinavia. In June the weather is normally very reliable while the most extensive tourist season has not yet started. You have the opportunity to experience Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, during the Working Week. We recommend to you to:

  • Take a walk in the Old town, its narrow streets and shopping areas and the Royal Castle.
  • Visit museums amongst them the Vasa Museum, the ship from 1628 that sank on its first journey.
  • Explore unique buildings such as the City Hall and the Globe Arena.
  • Take a boat trip to Drottningholm, the home of the royal family or to the famous archipelago.

We have paid special attention to make the social events memorable such as:

  • Stockholm city gives a reception in the famous City Hall.
  • Colleagues in the Stockholm region will invite you to their private homes for dinner.
  • The FIG Foundation dinner will take place in the Vasa museum.
  • The Gala dinner will be organised at the Grand Hotel.

This Working Week will be held only in English as the English language is very common in Sweden thus it is easy to travel around during your visit in Sweden. We highly recommend you to extend your visit to Sweden with a couple of days to meet colleagues either in Kiruna in the North or in Dalarna (Dalecarlia) during a pre- or a post conference tour to experience something special in the chosen part of Sweden. You can:

  • Enjoy the never setting sun in the northern Sweden. In the light of the midnight sun you may experience the Kiruna church, the Icebar in Jukkasjärvi or the space technology and satellite station at Esrange.
  • Celebrate the Midsummer in Dalarna with traditional dancing round the midsummer pole and other activities. It is an old tradition in Sweden to celebrate the longest night of the year and nowhere is it more traditional than in Dalarna.

A special programme for students will be prepared together with the Swedish students who are very active in FIG.

One of the technical tours will take you to the Headquarters of the National Land Survey in Gävle outside Stockholm.

The hosting association SLF was founded in 1908 and has today about 1,800 members representing all surveying disciplines. Swedish surveyors are especially focused and advanced in cadastre and land management, geoinformatics, real estate management and valuation. SLF has been in charge for several FIG Commissions, recently very actively involved in Commissions 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9.

On behalf of the local organising committee and SLF I kindly invite you and your family to FIG Working Week 2008 “Integrating Generations” in Stockholm.

We will do our utmost to make your visit in Sweden memorable. Welcome to Stockholm!

Mr. Svante Astermo
President of the Swedish Association of Chartered Surveyors (SLF)
Chair of the Organising Committee


Dear Colleague,

The FIG Working Week 2008 – Integrating Generations will be held in Stockholm, Sweden in June 2008, the week before Sweden’s most traditional celebration, the “Midsummer”.

This conference is hosted jointly by the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) and the Swedish Association of Chartered Surveyors (Sveriges Lantmätareförening, SLF), which will at the same time celebrate its 100th Anniversary.

I am happy to announce that the conference venue will be in the very heart of the city at the Stockholm City Conference Centre with all main tourist attractions within a walking distance and linked to the conference hotel. During this time of the year, the summer days in Scandinavia are long and the sunlight lasts more or less around the clock.

For FIG this Working Week is the main event in 2008 and at the same time the mid-term conference for the current Council. At the General Assembly we will elect new Vice Presidents and Chairs Elect for all Commissions, which will add some special excitement to the meeting in addition to normal decision-making topics.

The theme of the Working Week “Integrating Generations” fits well to the over all theme of the current Council “Building the Capacity”. The technical programme will include all our ten commissions with special focus on land and tenure issues. According to the new conference structure the FIG Working Week 2008 will be a major conference organised together with a partner organisation. This time we are happy to have UN-Habitat as the partner. Together with UN-Habitat FIG will organise a Seminar on Slum Upgrading and the Importance of Financial Mechanisms. This is an issue placed very high at the global agenda in support of the Millennium Development Goals. This seminar will be a fully integrated part of the technical programme. We are happy to continue the long-term co-operation between FIG and the United Nations especially in Stockholm as Sweden has a long tradition in organising and supporting such international events.

FIG is grateful to the National Land Survey of Sweden (Lantmäteriet) and Swedesurvey who are the main sponsors of this conference also offering a platform for leaders of national cadastre organizations to meet during an FIG event.

I look forward to meeting you in Stockholm.

Prof. Stig Enemark
President of the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG)


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