Each year, the canals receive millions of visitors from all over the world. The Association works to improve the preservation of the waterways and their surrounding environment and promote our cultural heritage and the values of tourism. It also aims to to provide an understanding of the beginnings of industrialism and its development in Scandinavia.
Since 1986 the Canals have been part of a community. However, it was felt that the time had come for a more permanent organisation and the Association of Swedish Canals was formed in 1998. 100 years after the separation between Sweden and Norway, all 11 Canals in the two countries came together to form the joint Association of Swedish and Norwegian Canals.
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The Association of Swedish and Norwegian Canals acts for:
- the canals as cultural heritage
- environmental protection
- joint marketing
- technical cooperation
We worked with a great deal of pleasure and enthusiasm over a number of years to plan, organise and host the World Canals Conference in 2005 – the first time the conference had been held in Scandinavia.
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