Yes. Sweden and Stockholm mean Ikea, H&M, Wasa crispbread and ABBA. No. That's far off the mark. Stockholm is much more than these attributes.

For starters, it's been nicknamed the "Venice of the North". The city spans 14 islands connected by 57 bridges. That has created a unique urban landscape. The metropolis is considered one of the most beautiful capital cities in the world. Stockholm's history goes back 750 years and its museums and design hold international standing. Most sights are easily reached on foot. You can also view the city by boat. It doesn't take long to experience a lot in Stockholm.

Sightseeing, shopping, cultural history and nature are simple to combine into a perfect day. Add a stop at one of the many enchanting cafés like the Sturekatten pastry shop or eat something delicious with a view over the water in one of the top restaurants like the Krogkonst.

From the city hall visitors have a magnificent view of the city and its islands. The building itself is an eye-opener. Perhaps that's why the Nobel Prize winners are awarded here. You'll quickly be enchanted by the charm of this city and its unique flair. Last but not least, there's no better place to see Nordic design than in Stockholm. Time to explore!

City Facts

  • Location

    Capital of Sweden on the south-eastern coast of the country.

  • Population

    About 872,000

  • Size

    About 188 km²

  • Public transport

    Extensive network of trams, buses, subways and commuter trains.

  • Climate

    Moderate climate with cold winters, when the temperatures often drop below 0°C and mild summers where they seldom go above 20°C.

  • Best time to visit

    The summer is extremely comfortable. It's best to bring along a jersey for the evening.

  • Good to know

    Stockholm is built upon 14 islands as is nicknamed the "Venice of the North".

  • Nice to know

    The pavements often have an extra lane for the many bicyclists. Pedestrians should avoid walking in this lane, because some cyclists go quite quickly in Stockholm.

  • Airport

    Stockholm-Arlanda Airport, about 37 km north of the city centre.

  • Bus

    Flybussarna and Swebus buses travel from the airport to the city and back. The ride takes about 35-45 minutes.

  • Railway

    The Arlanda-Express travels directly from the airport to the city centre without stops. The ride takes about 20 minutes. There are also a number of commuter trains.

  • Taxi

    There are taxi stands outside each terminal. The ride to the city centre takes about 40 minutes.