2021: five European cities in the spotlight

Rijeka and Galway together hold the title of European Capital of Culture. © European Union, 2020 Photographer Barry Cronin & Denis Lovrovic

European Capitals of Culture: Rijeka, Croatia & Galway, Ireland

The coastal cities of Galway and Rijeka are European Capitals of Culture 2020 (extended until April 2021). Galway is deeply linked with the Irish language and has a rich tradition in literature, the arts and music. At the same time, it is a modern, global city, a hub for medical devices and technology.

European Green Capital: Lahti, Finland

Lahti is situated approximately 100 kilometres to the northeast of Helsinki, the capital of Finland on the southern bay of Lake Vesijärvi. ©City of Lahti

Access City Award: Jönköping, Sweden

Creating a barrier-free Europe is about more than buildings and pavements. It is about commitment to change that enables people with disabilities to participate in society on an equal basis with others.

European Youth Capital: Klaipėda, Lithuania

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