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Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm, Sweden


Northern European Itineraries

Contributed by Cheryl Pendry
For a collection of Cheryl’s articles about Northern Europe, see http://www.passporter.com/north-europe.asp

 

Known as the “Venice of the North,” Sweden’s stunning capital is located on an archipelago of islands, with a rich history to explore, from Royal palaces to the world’s oldest warship, and a myriad of museums. A paradise for photographers, this cosmopolitan city was named Europe’s first green capital, such is its reliance on water transport.

Stunning Stockholm

AMBIENCE

Visiting Stockholm is like stepping back into the past, with a plethora of boulevards, turrets, and church spires greeting you. With a relaxed feel to it, strolling through the streets and across its many bridges is a real pleasure. The heart of Stockholm is its Old Town, Gamla Stan, a collection of brightly colored homes, wide avenues, and squares, crowned by the country’s Royal Palace and the Nobel Museum. While many may be content to explore this area, Stockholm has so much more to offer, and no visit is complete without taking in Djurgården to the east of the city, which offers glimpses into different aspects of Stockholm’s past. The Royal warship Vasa, which capsized in 1628, is preserved here in amidst a park once home to lion baiting.

HISTORY

First ruled by the Vikings, Stockholm prospered from the trade routes they created. In the mid-13th century, work began on Gamla Stan, with the city rising to prominence thanks to trade with most of Northern Europe. In the 17th and early 18th centuries, the Swedish Empire covered large parts of the Baltic, but this era of success was rapidly halted by the plague. Today, Stockholm is more famous as capital of the country that gave the world IKEA and ABBA. Forget IKEA, as the nearest store is 8 miles outside the city, but if ABBA gets you singing, you can be a Dancing Queen at the new ABBA museum in Djurgården, but you will need to purchase timed tickets beforehand online.

FACTS

Size: 73 sq. mi. (188 sq. km.)(city) 2,517 sq. mi. (6,519 sq. km.) (metro)
Climate: Humid Continental Temperatures: 56°F (13°C) to 72°F (22°C)
Population 881,235/2,127,006 Busy Season Summer
Language: Swedish, English Money: Swedish Krona (SEK/kr) $1 US=6.5 kr
Time Zone: Cent’l Euro.(GMT+2) Transportation: Walking, trams, buses, boats
Phones: Dial 011 46 from US, dial 112 for emergencies
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