Sweden

Sweden

Flag of SwedenCapital:  Stockholm
Largest city: 1: Stockholm 2: Gothenburg 3: Malmö
Population: 9,514,406 (2012 census)
Time zone: IST (UTC+01
Currency:  Swedish krona (SEK)

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When you think of Sweden you might say something like: Swedish midsummer, blond girls, seafood and northern light.

Sweden has all of that. But the girls are not only blond. We have the full colourspectrum like everywhere else.

Just like Norway, the most common question from a tourist to a native Swede would be if we have polar bears and penguins walking our streets.

We don’t but let’s face it, it’s not Thailand.

Sweden is located far north from the equator which makes the climate quite cool. Northern Sweden has cool climate all year round and the rest of the country will get cold and windy winters and mild summers. The country has four seasons (not he hotel). Winter usually lasts between late November-march, spring from march to beginning of May. Summer from may to august and Autumn from late August to November

Best time to visit Sweden is in spring or summer. Starting in April/May to July/August. if you are more into winter sports we recommend visiting Sweden in December-February. Most cities have their own ski slope so you won’t have to travel far to have some fun. But if you want the hardcore ski slopes we have our own mountains or “fjäll”.

Southern and middle of Sweden are ideal for casual road trips in the summer and has a lot of nice roadstops along the way. that’s why it’s so popular among German tourists. They come here every year and they come in caravans:)

The middle region is probably one of the most cultural parts and is what we would say most traditional, in types of Swedish stereotypes. With the “Dalahäst” or Dalahorse and the “knäckebröd” or crispbread and the typical Swedish national costumes and Astrid Lindgrens heritage. The old ways and traditions still lives here and there are a lot of museums and old villages to visit if you are more of the historical type.

Then there is Stockholm, the capital city located in the north-east. With its vibrant nightlife, shopping, and swedish celebrities. Here you will get a glimpse of the full swedish monarch history aswell. Did you know that back in the days, Sweden was the big nation in Scandinavia who ruled over almost the whole of Scandinavia? So Stockholm is also very historical. This is where the first icebar was founded too.

Then there is the northern parts of Sweden. For native swedes living south of Stockholm, everything north of Stockholm is “North” and we really don’t know so much about it as common man. You have to travel there to really see what it’s about.

Best way to do so is by car. there are so many hidden gems that you might miss if you go by bus or train or flight.

In “the North” we have the Samis or “Lapp”, the last of the original population that lives in the far north of Scandinavia. Commonly known for their colourful national costumes and reindeerherding.

In the winter season there are usually only a couple of hours of daylight (in wintertime, in summertime the sun never goes down)and we also have this beautiful event called the Northern lights. And there is also the original famous icehotel.
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Many tourists likes to go to either Gothenburg (one of the bigger cities in the south-west) or Stockholm for a weekend. But a lot of tourists also choose to rent a car and drive through the country to cover more ground. A Coinstar online nice way to travel for a relaxing holiday.

Example of people and stuff from Sweden:

  • Alfred Nobel
  • Sony Ericsson
  • Astrid Lindgren Most known for “Pippi Longstocking”
  • Björn Borg
  • Peter “Foppa” Forsberg
  • ABBA
  • Stellan Skarsgård
  • Swedish caviar from “Kalles”
  • Surströmming (national/traditional food)
  • Falukorv (a pink sausage that comes in red packaging that you cook and eat with mashed potatoes or macaroni)
  • Smårgåstårta
  • Volvo
  • SAAB
  • Peter Stormare
  • Dolph Lundgren
  • Ingmar Bergman
  • Ingrid Bergman
  • Izabella Scorupco