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Stockholm, sometimes called the Venice of the North, is a great place for tourism. Here you’ll find beautiful architecture, great coffee, excellent customer service and many interesting museums. Stockholm, considered to be the capital of Scandinavia, is a true social welfare heaven, where Nordic cold is softened by the Gulf Stream. Furthermore, it is a large Baltic Sea port. The city is built on a wide array of islands and peninsulas, which give the city an aura of mystery.

The earliest written mention of the name Stockholm dates back to 1252, by which time the mines in Bergslagen made it an important site in the iron trade. After the year 1523, it finally became the capital of the Swedish Kingdom. Stockholm has been the king’s permanent place of residence since the end of the 13th century, and the Royal Palace of Stockholm is the largest palace still in use in the modern world, with more than 550 individual rooms.

Scenic summer night panorama of the Old Town Gamla Stan architecture in Stockholm
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Scenic summer night panorama of the Old Town Gamla Stan architecture in Stockholm

Stockholm is the most important centre for culture and economics in Sweden - it boasts well-developed automobile, metal, graphic arts, chemistry, pharmaceutical, food and light industries. The Venice of the North is also home to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm University, a host of theatres, museums (national, history, architecture, contemporary art, fine arts, etc.) and the Skansen Open-Air Ethnographic Museum. The city is adorned with Romanesque-Gothic churches, the Royal Palace, mansions of the nobility, and a beautiful town hall. The oldest building in Stockholm – the Riddarholmskyrkanas – was built in 1270 and used as a cemetery for Sweden’s monarchs.

The archipelago of Stockholm consists of over 24,000 islands and since only 1 in 24 of those is inhabited, sailing just off the coastline will expose you to places where no man has set foot before. The city is spread out over 14 of the islands, connected to each other by 75 bridges. The historical city centre is also located on an island. According to official statistics, Stockholm and its suburbs are home to around 20 per cent of the Sweden’s population, which amounts to roughly 2.4 million people. It is the most populated city in the Baltic Region.

Villa in the Stockholm archipelago ashore the Baltic sea
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Villa in the Stockholm archipelago ashore the Baltic sea

July is considered to be the best time to visit Stockholm because many locals leave the city around this time and head for the Baltic Sea, leaving the streets empty and quiet.

Since the city's metro is not only an excellent way of getting around, but also a unique art gallery, we recommend you give it at least one go. Each stop is full of sculptures, paintings and mosaics made by local artists.

Stockholm is one of the leading capitals in the world in terms of the number of museums, of which it has more than a 100 – from fairly traditional ones, like the Fine Arts Gallery and the Ethnography Museum, to more original ones, such as the ABBA Museum and the Junibacken Children’s Museum. If you plan to visit any of them, however, we suggest you buy the Stockholm Card, which grants you unlimited access not only to all public transport, but also to all of the museums and galleries. The price of the card is around €47 for a 24-hour period.

Famous ancient reconstructed vasa vessel in Stockholm, Sweden
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Famous ancient reconstructed vasa vessel in Stockholm, Sweden

It’s interesting to note that in terms of ethnic composition, Stockholm is one of the least diverse cities in Europe – around 95 per cent of its inhabitants are Swedish. The remaining 5 per cent consist of Finns, Estonians, Turks, Germans, Persians and descendants of Balkan emigrants. During recent years, Stockholm has also seen an increase in Eastern European populations.

Stockholm has about 700 variously-sized restaurants and myriad cosy cafés and bars, which no one has yet dared to count.

The capital of Sweden is considered to be the most environmentally friendly cities in the world – it has many green zones, clean water, and, thanks to there being no heavy industry, also remarkably clean air.

Winter in Stockholm
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Winter in Stockholm

Since 1901, Stockholm has been the place for holding Nobel Prize ceremonies. It’s also one of the most popular places in the world for holding science conferences.

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