Stockholm

Stockholm is one of the most attractive tourist cities in northern Europe. Sweden has a rich history and had great influence on Europe countries in the past. Most of us know about the existence of this city since childhood and want to come here when it is possible. The large number of attractions, museums and rich cultural life attract here tourists from many countries.

Stockholm Stockholm is the capital and largest city of Sweden. The city is located between Lake Mälaren and the Baltic Sea. More than 905 000 people lives in Stockholm. The population of the Stockholm metropolitan area is of about 2.2 million people. Here is the main residence of the King of Sweden, the Swedish government and the Riksdag.

The first mention of Stockholm as a city relates to 1252. The city was built on fourteen small, not interconnected islands, where it was possible to block the exit of vessels in Lake Mälaren. Stockholm rapidly grew and in 1634 officially became the capital of the Kingdom of Sweden. In the XVII century, Stockholm became one of the richest cities in Europe and most developed city in Scandinavia.

While being in Stockholm, you will often see the “Vasa” name. Who is it? Sweden has long fought for their independence (from Denmark). Gustav Vasa headed the uprising of Swedes and achieved success and soon became the first king of independent Sweden.

Most residents of Stockholm work in the services sector, which accounts for 85% of jobs in the city. There is no heavy industry In Stockholm and that makes Stockholm one of the environmentally friendly and clean cities in the world. In recent years, a key role in the economy of Stockholm began to play tourism. The number of tourists visiting Stockholm is growing every year. If you are planning to visit Stockholm, you will surely find many interesting events and activities here.

Information

  • Stockholm hosts the annual Nobel Prize ceremonies and banquet at the Stockholm Concert Hall and Stockholm City Hall.
  • One of the city's most prized museums, the Vasa Museum, is the most visited non-art museum in Scandinavia.
  • Most well-known education institutions in Stockholm are the Karolinska Institutet, The Royal Institute of Technology (Kungliga Tekniska högskolan, or KTH), Stockholm University.
  • The Stockholm Old Town (Gamla Stan) located on the small islands and still featuring the medieval street layout.
  • Stockholm is one of the most crowded museum-cities in the world with around 100 museums, visited by millions of people every year. The most popular museums are: the “Nationalmuseum”, Museum of Modern Art (Moderna Museet), Stockholm City Museum, “Fotografiska” (museum of photography), “Skansen” (the archetype of open-air museums), the “Vasa Museum”.
  • Stockholm has regular ferry lines to Helsinki and Turku in Finland (commonly called "Finlandsfärjan"); Tallinn, Estonia; Riga, Latvia, Åland islands and to Saint Petersburg.

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