Sweden Travel Guide

by our Sweden expert Conrad Freethy
Conrad FreethyFrom Swedish Lappland in the north to the Öresund Bridge linking Sweden with Denmark; from the Arctic to the Baltic; Sweden is home of the Vikings and of the ultra-modern cool – both in design and in attitudes. Sweden and the Swedes keep providing contrasting faces to visitors. Up the Skagerrak, down the Kattegat, turn left instead of right, and you’re coming into Stockholm, a capital built on 14 islands. A beautiful city, yet the inhabitants retreat to their sea or lakeside cabins in summer that offer the most idyllic retreats, in a Gulf-Stream climate far warmer and dryer than other Europeans could imagine. Stockholm itself boasts two working Royal Palaces (including Drottningholm), the Vasa museum displaying the 17th century warship that sank at launch and the unique Skansen open air museum, scene of many special occasions such as Walpurgisnacht, Midsummer Day (three days actually) and of course Christmas. Take time to cruise the Göta canal that crosses the country east-west, linking and fed by some of Sweden’s 96,000 lakes including the immense and beautiful Lake Vätern. Or in winter, head north to the nomadic Sami people with their reindeer herds – and the best chance anywhere of observing the Northern Lights.

Sweden Facts

National Flag: Swedish Flag
Language(s): Swedish
Currency: Swedish krona
Capital city: Stockholm
Total Area: 531,796 km2
Population: 9,215,021
Dialling Code: +46
Time Zone: GMT + 1
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