Sweden is a country in Europe that forms part of the rich Scandinavian heritage and history. Sweden, officially the Kingdom of Sweden, is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe. Sweden borders Norway and Finland, and is connected to Denmark by a bridge-tunnel across the Öresund. Sweden is a constitutional monarchy and a parliamentary democracy, with the Monarch as the head of state. The capital city is Stockholm.
In many ways Sweden has become a traveler’s paradise. If you love the outdoors, it’s certainly hard to beat. The air and water are crystal clean, there are thousands of acres of unspoiled forests and majestic lakes to explore, the roads and public transport are excellent, the citizens are invariably friendly and helpful, and, in recent years, Swedish cuisine has undergone what can only be described as a revolution.
The Vasa Museum in Stockholm is Sweden’s most popular museum and now attracts around a million visitors annually. More than 20 million people have visited since the museum opened in 1990, and it’s not hard to see why.
Stockholm is often referred to as the Venice of the North. Water is everywhere, and around 30,000 islands lie in Stockholm’s wondrous archipelago (skärgården). Distinctive red and yellow timber summerhouses occupy some islands while others remain totally unspoiled. A trip on the water, either in and around the city or to one of the islands, should be top on your list.
Djurgården Park with its many wonderful amenities is a guaranteed draw for visitors and locals alike, particularly during the glorious Scandinavian summer months. Throughout are traditional cafés, restaurants, snack-bars, and even hotels. Canoe and bicycle hire are also available if you’re feeling energetic. Abba the Museum can be found here along with the Gröna Lund amusement park and the open-air museum and zoo, Skansen. You can catch a ferry from Gamla Stan or Slussen or take a tram or bus from Norrmalmstorg.
As a matter of courtesy, you can round off your visit by visiting Fairytale Drottningholm Palace on the island of Lovö which is a UNESCO world heritage site and the palace is now the official residence of the Swedish Royal Family.