1. What will the Winter Games cost taxpayers?
At the local level, nothing. The 2026 Winter Olympics and Paralympics are privately financed. This means that no municipality will be required or needed to cover any costs, and no guarantees will be required either. The only cost to the taxpayer is for external security, i.e. the police and the extra work of customs. Yet this cost will be offset by the extra income the State receives through VAT and other taxes during an Olympic Games.
2. Where does the money come from?
Through the IOC's "Olympic Agenda 2020", the financial requirements for hosting the Winter Olympics and Paralympics have changed significantly. The operational budget for the Winter Games is approximately 13 billion kronor, of which just over 1 billion kronor serves as a safety buffer.
The largest revenue source comes from the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which guarantees the majority of the operational budget. The remaining revenue share comes from sponsors, ticket sales and merchandise. No public funds will be used.
The budget has been reviewed by some of the world's most experienced experts, it is realistic, and it is conservatively estimated. Thus, the combination of a conservative budget with the overwhelming majority of venues rented and not newly built, means that the risks are significantly limited. The IOC's total contribution of more than SEK 8 billion will be added to the funding from other revenue sources from partners across Sweden.
3. What needs to be built?
Very little – an ice-skating rink and a track for cross-country skiing and biathlon. Both new venues will serve an existing need in Stockholm and will be used and enjoyed for generations. The rest of the venues are already built and will be rented out by the Organizing Committee.
4. Can we guarantee snow?
Yes – artificial snow. All international skiing competitions today rely on artificial snow, because it is an easy way of ensuring and controlling the quality of the snow. In Stockholm, we would only need snow for Hammarbybacken (Alpine Team Event) and the cross-country tracks, and in both those cases, artificial snow would be completely suitable.
5. How will Stockholm handle transportation during the Winter Games?
The Winter Games take place over 17 days, 11 of which are weekend days or Sports holiday. Many locals will be gone, and traffic is generally light. Around the venues and in certain parts of town however, there will likely be the need to redirect traffic but not on a large scale.
When it comes to public transport, no major venues will be used simultaneously. For example, during the Opening Ceremony at Friends Arena, no other venue will be operational—which is what happens anyways today when major events are held at Friends Arena. The same principle will be applied to the other venues as well.