It is the 2nd most visited city in the Nordic countries. Also famous as the Venice of the North! I think there’s an intense similarity with respect to exquisite architecture, abundant islands and diverse parks. In addition, this striking city is based on an extensive archipelago with 14 islands with 50 bridges. Stockholm exists since the Stone Age, however, it was officially founded by Birger Jarl, a Swedish statesman in 1252. Therefore, it is the cultural, political, and economic centre of Sweden. I would say it’s the prime centre for corporate headquarters in the Nordic region.
Stockholm is famous for hosting the annual Nobel Prize ceremony in City Hall
This city is home to interesting history, splendid architecture and incredible landscapes. Moreover, It beckons travellers from all over the world with class and beauty. There’s so much to fall in love with; The stunning Royal Palace, elegant accommodation options, open air concerts, Skansen open-air museum and splendid views from Kaknastornet tower. In 1901, Stockholm became the first venue for the Nobel Prize awards. Thereafter, the world-famous furniture chain IKEA was found here in 1943. Besides, Stockholm Globe Arena is currently the largest hemispherical building in the world. Likewise, the city’s subway is the world’s longest art gallery. You will find this amazing station adorned with diverse paintings, sculptures and mosaics.
Also, the absence of heavy industry makes Stockholm one of the world’s cleanest metropolises. Stockholm houses 2 UNESCO World Heritage sites; the Royal Palace and the Woodland Cemetery. Sweden has given us some of the finest pop singers like Abba, The Cardigans and Roxette. Happy Hour in Sweden is called ‘After Work’. As a matter of fact, you will find many world-class museums here, most of which are included in the Stockholm Pass Card. The 4-day card allows access to more than 70 attractions and museums and unlimited rides on public transport.
What’s in the neighbourhood?
To emphasise, Sweden is home to the 1st “ice hotel” of the world, built near the village of Jukkasjärvi. Also, the traditional Swedish meatballs served with boiled potatoes and lingonberry jam are delightful. In August, a traditional Swedish crayfish party is organised, a celebration, that involves eating boiled crayfish served with boiled potatoes and dill. The cobblestone alleyways and ochre-coloured buildings are home to the medieval period. You’ll find musical and theatre acts in parks throughout the city. Ever since 1942, Sweden hosts free outdoor shows at parks to encourage social gathering. What a warm and entertaining way to bond with your fellow city residents!
The last decade has seen a significant rise in the number of jobs. Mostly in the technology sector with employers like IBM, Ericsson, and Electrolux recruiting. Stockholm’s fashion could almost be intimidating! Each district has its own personality, you’ll find everything from a trendsetting design to inventive cuisine, to great shopping spots and quality ambience. Keep aside 2-3 days in the city, to explore the main attractions. The popular spots covered by me include Magnificent Town Hall, Stockholm Royal Palace, Vasa Ship Museum, Ericsson Globe Arena and the permanent Absolut Ice Bar, at the Ice Hotel.