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Top 10 Interesting Facts about Stockholm

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

Thinking about visiting the Swedish capital? To make your trip more interesting and meaningful, Travel on Spot here presents 10 interesting facts about the city.

1. The Swedish capital is situated on 14 islands, connected by 57 bridges. Therefore, no matter where you happen to find yourself, water will be close by. Stockholm has 96 beaches.

Stockholm, Sweden
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Stockholm, Sweden

2. The traditional Swedish buffet food smorgasbord originated in Stockholm a few centuries ago. Whenever there were guests, the locals would transfer all the food into large dishes and arrange them on the table – this freed the hosts from additional ceremonies and saved time better used for conversation.

3. Stockholm’s Royal National City Park is the first of its kind in the world.

4. With over 500 rooms in total, the city’s Royal Palace is the world’s largest palace still used for its intended purpose.

The palace in Gamla Stan, in Stockholm, Sweden.jpg
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  The palace in Gamla Stan, in Stockholm, Sweden.jpg

5. Stockholm is home to the world’s first airplane-hostel – near the entrance to Arlanda Airport you’ll find a Boeing-747 with economy-class guest house inside.

6. Stockholm’s sports and concert hall Globen is considered to be the world’s largest multi-purpose arena.

7. The city’s Mårten Trotzigs Gränd Alley is the narrowest alley in the world – its diameter is barely 90 cm.

8. Stockholm’s oldest remaining building – the Riddarholmskyrkan – is used as the final resting place of Swedish monarchs. It was built in 1270.

Scenic evening summer view of the City Hall Palace in the Old Town of Stockholm
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Scenic evening summer view of the City Hall Palace in the Old Town of Stockholm

9. Since 1901, Stockholm has been the permanent hosting place of Nobel Prize ceremonies. Everyone who receives the prize signs in the guestbook of the Nobel Museum’s café, and here you can try food they eat after the celebration. The entire “Nobel ceremony” menu for one person will cost you around 200 Euros – more than enough to make you feel special. What's more, when you're dining, keep in mind that you may be sitting on the chair belonging to Barack Obama or the Dalai Lama.

10. In Stockholm, fishing and picking berries and mushrooms is allowed everywhere – even on private territories. To own a boat or small motor ship you won’t need any permits. No license is required to steer a ship, either, and you can even build your own vessel anywhere on the shore. The people of Stockholm own around 200,000 boats.

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