The Swedish startup ecosystem continues to thrive, which means a couple of things: One, entreprenör is now actually a legit Linkedin title. Two, there’s no shortage of coworking spaces available, especially in Stockholm.And while we’re certain startups are some of the best places to work at, sometimes you will gain a lot from sharing ideas (and fika) with employees in different companies. Which is why today we’ve selected the 15 best coworking spaces in Stockholm, for solo entrepreneurs and startups of all sizes.
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A house Stockholm[/caption]Founded in 2015, A house certainly isn’t your average open-plan office with shared desks. The former architecture school was turned into a space with a strong concept centered around innovation, networking, and communication. You’ll find the entrepreneurs in A house’ tend to be like-minded, sharing a love of sustainability, ethical commerce architecture and fashion. Oh, and also fantastic food, which you’ll be able to sample for yourself at the free Thursday breakfasts.
Alma Stockholm[/caption]Another coworking space with a strong ethos, Alma aims to provide intellectual and social nourishment to its members, which is to say: a place to meet, exchange, dine and help each other. It was also named the coolest work space in Stockholm by Vogue, so it’s not just a well-kept secret any longer.In terms of the actual premises, Alma is almost too beautiful to call it an office. There’s fantastic Nordic design everywhere you look, from the chairs to the tableware in the restaurant, turning the space into a giant showroom which fosters creativity, inspiration, and innovation.
Goto 10 Stockholm[/caption]Goto 10 almost feels more like a think tank than a member’s club. This is because every organization there is accepted on the basis that their work helps promote positive Internet development in Sweden. This may sound restricted and niche, but you’ll find a good mix of talent, from nonprofits collaborating on promoting digital literacy to recruiting companies and privacy startups.You need to be a Goto 10 member to join the coworking programme. It’s free to join, and the office rental will be 50% subsidized by the Internet foundation for the first year. There are two kinds of spaces available: fixed offices (where you have your permanent desks) and activity-based spaces, which are good for casual work.
h2 health hub stockholm[/caption]As the name suggests, H2 Health Hub is all about shaping the future of the Nordic HealthTech. It is a place for events showcasing the latest research by prominent speakers, but also a great coworking space that will allow you to mingle, network, and access a solid network of healthcare partners.The conference rooms and offices provide all the infrastructure you’ll need, and the excellent location in Vasastan is ideal if you want quick access to some of the city’s best parks. It’s also a mere 3 minute walk from Odenplan station - so ideal for commuters.
Stockholm Impact Hub, a space which acts as headquarters for a global movement, is also present in 100+ locations around the world. Their offices host a large community of changemakers and social entrepreneurs dedicated to making a positive impact. With around 17,000 professionals in their global network, joining Impact Hub Stockholm does indeed open a lot of doors.Their central location behind Sveavägen 44 brings everything you need under one roof, and the wide range of membership prices makes it super flexible for small startups who dream big and want to scale in the same space for many years to come.
Norrsken House is another coworking behemoth in the center of the capital with 30+ conference rooms, a media studio, playroom for families who bring children to work, meditation room and more. As their website says: “the space where you spend most of your time need to be functional, adaptable and beautiful”. This is exactly what their architects have managed to create – and more impressively, on a huge scale. It feels more like a Silicon Valley campus than a shared office.There are currently 117 companies using Norrsken House as their base, mostly in the verticals of social inclusion, support and finance, and wellbeing. Membership isn’t exactly cheap at 6,000 SEK/month, but they might subsidise some of the cost if they really like what you’re doing.
One of the earliest coworking spaces to open its doors in Sweden, SUP46 has made its name by being the headquarters of the heavily-funded Fishbrain, amongst others. Interestingly, because of SUP46’s policy, Fishbrain probably isn’t allowed to share a space there anymore: when companies grow to hire more than 10+ employees or go through a successful funding round, they’re asked to make space for smaller startups.This focus on early stage is what makes the space special. SUP46 has access to dozens of high profile investors, which aligns it more with an equity-free incubator dedicated to acquire your first round of funding. Be aware that it won’t be easy to become a member though. Startups are cherry picked, and only 15% of the application they receive every month makes the cut.
Based in three strong locations across Stockholm (the latest one opened in Soldermam in March 2019), The Park covers around 3800 square meters, which includes 25 conference and meeting rooms for up to 70 people, fully-equipped premises, and hired “Mood managers” to help you get the most of your work day in the nicest atmosphere possible.In terms of work colleagues, you’ll be in good company too - but not always working with like-minded entrepreneurs. There is no real preferred vertical at The Park, which makes it more open to any kinds of startups.
Epicenter is indeed located right in the center of Stockholm, and is currently the headquarters for 300+ companies of all sizes. Their goal? To supercharge innovation and knowledge through shared spaces all over Northern Europe (they also have spaces in Oslo, Amsterdam and Helsinki).There’s a slight corporate feel to Epicenter’s premises, but with a strong focus on functionality and luxury. Their membership offers are flexible and scalable, which means you can set up shop there whether you’re a solo entrepreneur, or a company with 500+ employees looking for an extra base in the nordics. All of the plans let you attend the great events, and there’s even a Housing option to relocate your team in Stockholm.
You have to hand it to Embassy House: their online marketing material is excellent. The name, slogan, logo and company website are all finely tuned to give you a sense of their mission, goal and values. But don’t think it’s all style and no substance, Embassy House has shown real dedication to fostering innovation, and their first location was the first hub in Sweden to combine Fintech, Regtech, Insuretech and Blockchain.In terms of facilities, you have two locations to choose from in Östermalm and Södermalm - and plenty of room to grow. The first one has 50 offices from 6-200 square meters, and the second has 80 offices from 8 – 300(!) square meters - all fully-fitted for your startup needs.
Tucked right behind the Stockholm Östra station is OpenLab, a small coworking space which includes a shared kitchen, focus room and maker space - ideal for startups with a DIY attitude. There isn’t a specific focus here, but you’ll find the ethos are generally centered around diversity, sustainability and community.In their own words, what makes OpenLab different is their partner relationships. If you think your company can benefit from collaboration with The City of Stockholm, the Stockholm County Council, the Stockholm County Administrative Board, KTH, Stockholm University, Södertörn University or the Karolinska Institute, this is an excellent bet.
The Castle, as the name implies, is a picturesque 1500 square meter palace located in Gamla Stan, known for its stunning interiors and high ceilings. The co-working space is currently a home to over 40 companies working with over a dozen fields, varying from landscape photography to designing portable travel accessories.Yet the Castle is not only known for its high ceilings and beautiful interior: What sets The Castle apart is their dedication to building a like-minded, yet diverse culture and community. No matter if you are new to town or a true Stockholmer, happy or sad, this is the place where you will be always encountered with warmth and a warm cup of tea.
If you are looking for a touch of elegance and wellness to your hectic schedules, head to No 18 office and co-working spaces in the heart of Stureholm and just above Central Station. These locations are known for their premium outlook and offering. In no 18, members can enjoy a variety of wellness services including a bistro, a juice bar and a free gym.
If you are looking to set up shop somewhere that truly feels like home, Knackeriet is the place to go. Here you can start your day with a friendly ping pong match with the startup team next door, prepare your budget sheets under the Mangolia trees in the garden, and even stay overnight on site when necessary.For history enthusiasts this co-working space also offers an additional layer of interest: The actual building in Gamla Stan is actually of national heritage of the highest classification in Sweden, with its' oldest parts dating back to 1420.
Cafe Co is known as the "Creative Hub of Stockholm". And no wonder why - it is one of the most buzzing working spots in the city center. The space consists of 15-seat co-working seats that you can occupy with a daily rent, two meeting rooms and the famous cafe that is open to the public.Hence Cafe Co offers the coffee-lovers of the world the best of three worlds in one: the cozy café vibe where you can meet other like-minded people, amazing coffee from Johan & Nyström and an actually functional space with sockets available where you need them and super-comfy bean bags in case you need a mid-day nap.
We’ve only picked 15 coworking spaces, but there are dozens more to choose from in Stockholm. Honourable mentions go to especially the music-focused STHLM Music City, the excellent Changer’s Hub and Helio, present in 8 locations. And at least these 24 coworking spaces are also worth checking out:
There truly is something for projects of every size available in the Swedish capital. And the good news? While you’re probably only likely to need one place to make your headquarters, there are dozens of coworking spaces actively offering events, chats and meets. If you truly believe collaboration and the exchange of ideas fosters innovation and creativity, Stockholm is the right place for you.Did you enjoy this read? Subscribe now to our newsletter & read more every month!