SWEDEN

General information

  • Capital: Stockholmruotsi
  • Form of government: Constitutional monarchy
  • Area: 450,295 km2
  • Religion: Most are Lutheran but there are also Muslim, Orthodox, Chatolic and Jewish minorities. A considerable amount of the Swedish people are atheists
  • Telephone number: +46
  • Language: Swedish, Sami, Roma
  • Time zone difference: – 1
  • Currency: Swedish krona (SEK) 1 € = about 9.37 SEK

Basic RGBArlanda is the largest airport in Stockholm. Norwegian, Finnair, and SAS provide several flights a day to Stockholm and Gothenburg from Helsinki, Tampere and Turku. Finland has no direct connection to southern Sweden, so the most common approach is to use the Copenhagen airport.

laivaSweden, and Stockholm in particular, has become familiar to many Finnish tourists thanks to the frequent cruises between the two countries. The Viking Line and TallinkSilja ships offer regular cruises from Helsinki and Turku to Stokholm. The lines from Naantali to Kapellskär are operated by Finnlines, Vaasa Uuma, RG Line and Wasaline.

bussiOulu has bus connections via Kemi and Tornio to Haparanda, which may extend further to the rest of Sweden.

Photo: Flickr – Hector Melo A.

embajadaEmbassy of Finland, Stockholm
Address: Gärdesgatan 11 115 27 Stockholm – Tel. +46 8 676 67 00
E-mail: sanomat.tuk@formin.fi – Website: www.finland.se

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Sweden essentials

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Stockholm

Intriguing Stockholm is located between the Läke Mälaren and the coast of the Baltic Sea, its central parts consists 14 islands. It has about 910,000 residents.

City is first mentioned in written source in 1252, being allegedly founded by Birger Jarl. The city rose to prominence for Baltic trade of as a member of the Hanseatic League.

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Visby

Location: Gotland. International airport.

This beautiful Hanseatic town is at the centre of the island of Gotland.

It is a well-known summer resort in the beautiful Swedish archipelago and has population of appr. 23,500. Ferries and planes are the most common ways of getting to the island. Ferries arrive from both Oskarshamn and Nynäsham, near Stockholm, each taking about three hours.

Notable attractions within the town area are e.g. the Visborg fortress, the Almedalen park, the city wall and the Helgeand church ruin.

The town has been an UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995.

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Borgholm Castle

Location: Borgholm, Öland island. Bus connection from the mainland via Kalmar city.

This medieval castle ruin is one of the best known historical sites in Sweden and can be accessed by car on the Road 136, using the north Öland Bridge that connects the mainland and the island.

First built in the 12th century and rebuilt many times, it was destroyed by fire in 1806. It currently houses a museum and dogs are also welcome as visitors.

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The Vasa-museum

Location: Galärvarvsvägen 14, Stockholm

This maritime museum in the Djurgården area is well-known for its main sight, the 64-gun warship Vasa, that sank on her maiden voyage in 1628. She is the only (almost) intact 17th century ship that has ever been salvaged. The museum also features four other ships moored in the harbour outside: the ice breaker Sankt Eric (launched 1915), the lightvessel Finngrundet (1903), the torpedo boat Spica (1966) and the rescue boat Bernhard Ingelsson (1944).

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The Drottningholm Palace

Location: Drottningholm, Ekerö Municipality. Bus connection from Stockholm.

This majestic palace is the official residence of the Swedish royal family. Built on Lövön island in 16th century, it is a popular sight even when the royal family isn’t present.

Notable attractions are the Chinese Pavilion, the palace church with its glorious tapestry and the palace theatre, which houses popular summer opera festivals performed by the Royal Swedish Opera. The palace has been an UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991.

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Uppsala

Location: Uppsala County. Train connections from Stockholm.

The spectacular Uppsala is the fourth largest city in Sweden and has approx. 140,000 residents.

It is well-known for its university and for being a Swedish religious centre. The seat of Sweden’s archbishop has been in Uppsala since 1164. The city has several attractions including the Uppsala Castle with its gardens, the Museum Gustavianum and the University’s Botanical Garden.

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The Kolmården Wildlife Park

Location: Norrköping, Östergötland County. Train connections from Stockholm to Norrköping.

This zoo is a splendid day-trip destination for families. It has a dolphinarium, a birds of prey display, a seal show and a safari park consisting of five areas with a cable-way.

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The Åre Ski Resort

Location: Åre, Jämtland County. The nearest airport is the Åre Östersund Airport. There are train connections from Stockholm and Öresund to Åre.

This alpine ski resort consists of 112 runs and a skiable area of 4.37 km² divided to four zones.

The resort offers night time skiing every evening until week 10. The night skiing is between 6 PM and 8 PM. A luxurious sight for a winter sports aficionado.

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The Moderna Museet Malmö

Location: Ola Billgrens plats 2-4, Malmö. Train and bus connections are available from Gothenburg and Stockholm.

This museum of modern and contemporary art is located in a former electricity plant established in 1901. The building began its transformation into an art center in 1988 and was later expanded when it became the building it is today. It depicts various exhibitions throughout the year and is a part of the state-owned Moderna Museet but has an independent exhibition programme. Guided tours are available. A must-see for an art lover.

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Stockholm Gamla Stan

Location: Stockholm

Gamla Stan (The Old Town) is the most idyllic part of Stockholm with its medieval and Renaissance architecture.

It is located on the Stadtsholmen island and its central square. Stortorget, is famous for its annual Christmas fare. To its side lies The Stock Exchange Building, which houses the Nobel Museum and the Nobel Library commemorating the Swedish scientist Alfred Nobel.

Other important attractions are the Under Kastanjen café and the Fisketorget square.

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ROCK CARVINGS IN TANUM (UNESCO)

Those who want to bear witness to even older history than medieval churches or old Viking sites, can go to Tanum and see the rock carvings made by ancient northerners. Most likely created during the bronze ages, these ancient markings depict various things like hunting, boats and animals, but they are often up for quite a bit of interpretation, letting the viewers imagination run wild. Being a popular tourist spot, some paintings have been painted red to make them more visible. One can make up their own minds if it is destruction of ancient art or making it accessible for all generations to come. Visitors are not permitted to touch or walk on the cave paintings.

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TURNING TORSO

The Turning Torso is the world’s first twisted skyscraper, making in not only unique for the Nordic Countries, with their generally small buildings, but an architectural marvel to anyone who visits. With a height of 190 meters (623 ft), it is without equal in the entire Nordic region. The bizarre form of the house was designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. The building is residential for most of the floors, which has the unfortunate side effect of making visits discouraged. The top floors can however be accessed at certain times of the year with a reservation.

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THE AGRICULTURAL LANDSCAPE OF SOUTHERN ÖLAND (UNESCO)

For those who want to escape the buzz of the cities, one can try to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site on the southern half of the Öland island. The area has a long history and one can still find remnants of things the Vikings built in the area long ago as well as newer structures like calming windmills. The island can easily be reached via a bridge that connects to the town of Kalmar on the mainland.

More info about Sweden in eurotourtrip.eu