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About Västerås

For over a thousand years people have been flocking to Västerås to exchange goods and services on the shores of Lake Mälaren. With a long tradition of innovative solutions and wide technical expertise, this is a city where people and technology exist in perfect symbiosis, making it the attractive and vibrant place it is. Nowadays, Västerås is Sweden’s sixth largest city, beautifully located by Lake Mälaren 100 km west of Stockholm is one of the oldest cities in Sweden with a more than 1000 year long history.

Västerås is a world leader in industrial IT and automation and is the power and energy centre of Sweden. Västerås is home to a number of world leading companies that work with applied technology within the entire energy system. These include ABB, the nuclear power company Westinghouse and Bombardier Transportation, which manufactures modern, energy-efficient train systems. Logistically challenging companies have discovered the advantages of the city’s favourable location too and have chosen Västerås as their expansion site for warehouse and production facilities. Malardalen University, MDH, one of Sweden’s large institutes of higher education, has one of its campus close to the city center.

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Check out some more information about Västerås in this Västerås Tourist Magazine

Conference Venue

The conference will be held at Aros Congres Center ( Aros Congress Center is one of Sweden’s leading conference centres and it is situated in the city centre, just a stone’s throw from Västerås Central Station and in the immediate vicinity of shops, restaurants and the concert hall.

Aros Congress Center
Munkgatan 7
722 12 Västerås

How to get here

Västerås is located about 100 km west of Stockholm. The nearest larger international airport is Arlanda which also is the port to Stockholm. Arlanda/Stockholm is connected with all major cities in the world with direct flights. For other cities a connection via frequent flights from Frankfurt, Munich, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Paris and other major European airports can be used.

Transportation from Arlanda Airport to Västerås takes approximately 1 hour to 1 hour and 30 min by bus/taxi. The bus is departing frequently, and the price is approximately €22. The price for taxi is approximately €150. An alternative way of transportation from Arlanda is to take the Arlanda Express train (20 minutes) or a bus to Stockholm and then a train (1 hour) from Stockholm Central Station to Västerås. The price for the Arlanda Express train is about €25, and a train Stockholm to Västerås €14.

Other airport options in Stockholm include Bromma and Stockholm Skavsta, where the latter is very well connected through Ryanair and other low-cost airlines. Bromma is nearby the Sundbyberg train station, where it is possible to board the train from Stockholm to Västerås. From Stockholms Skavsta there are buses going to Stockholm Central Station, and from there you can take the train to Västerås.

Finally, another option for going to Västerås is via Västerås airport, very close to the Västerås city center (less than 10 minutes by car). The Västerås airport (also named Stockholm West) has connections to, e.g., to London (Stansted).

Please note that payment by credit card is a very convenient way of payment in Sweden; by a credit card you can pay almost everything including bus, train tickets, and taxi rides.

Info! MDH has reserved a limited number of rooms in Best Western Hotel Plaza to the SAFECOMP 2018 participants. These rooms will remain reserved until 17/8-2018. For reservations please send an email to mentioning your participation in SAFECOMP 2018. A valid credit card number and expiration date will be necessary to confirm your reservation.


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