Stockholm is the “Venice of the North” where it lies with all its bridges and canals. Stockholm is built on 14 islands. The archipelago facing the Baltic Sea makes Stockholm a very beautiful city. In addition, the city has large parks and outdoor areas.
Stockholm is much larger than, for example, Oslo. The diversity is also great. Stockholm is the city for everyone. Each district has its own peculiarities and charm. Stockholm is not least the place of art and culture. In addition, you will find many great hotels, eateries, bars and nightclubs in the city.
Stockholm is an excellent metropolitan choice. It is cosmopolitan and has all the benefits you would expect from a metropolis. Still, Stockholm’s size is no more a deterrent than you quickly get overview and security. We can say that it has virtually all the advantages of the world metropolises, but very few of its disadvantages.
In the vicinity of Stockholm you will find three places on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. There is Drottningholm Castle, the Viking village of Birka on Björkö and Skogskyrkogården.
Get to know Stockholm
Stockholm has just under 800,000 inhabitants. Stockholm was founded by Birger Jarl in Statsholmen in the year 1252. This island is today called Gamla Stan. Until the 19th century, Stockholm was no more than a poor urban area, but during the industrialization the city grew big and rich.
Stockholm consists of many “state” or district districts. Central Stockholm is called Norrmalm. It was the railway that made Norrmalm the center, and today, among other things, the flight train ( Arlanda Express ) comes here. This district is largely “office”, but there are some residential neighborhoods here. There are several attractions in the district, including the Blue Tower, the National Museum, the King’s Garden (Kungsträdgården) and Sergels Torg.
Norrmalm borders Vasastaden (Tegnergatan), Östermalm at Birger Jarlsgatan, Skeppsholmen and Gamla Stan.
- Abbreviation: STH
- Country: Sweden
Norrmalm, or City as it is also called, is the vibrant center for shopping and entertainment in Stockholm. Stureplan is City’s most active area. Östermalm is also a center for nightlife in Stockholm. In the City and Östermalm you will find the largest and most shopping centers, shops, bars and restaurants. While there is little settlement in Norrmalm, Östermalm is an area many Stockholmers want to settle in. This is where the rich and successful live. At Östermalm you will find the famous theater Dramaten. Here is also the Historical Museum and the Diplomatic City, including the Norwegian Embassy. The historical museum is the leader of its kind throughout Sweden and has finds from the Stone Age to the 16th century in the collection. The central area of Östermalm is Östermalmtorg.
Another district is Vasastan with Roslagsgatan. Vasastan borders Norrmalm, Kungsholmen and Östermalm. Sveagatan, Odengatan and St. Eriksgatan are the area’s main streets. Astrid Lindgren lived in Vasastan for more than 60 years. Here you will find many interesting shops and galleries. Among other things, the gallery Brändström & Stene is worth a visit. It is located in Vasastan main train station, and this is where the flight train stops.
The district of Södermalm, or Söder as the Stockholmer says, is a bit more bohemian and trendy than the other boroughs. Here you will find many bars, cafes and galleries. Södermalm’s center is Götgatan. Hornsgatan and Folkungagatan are popular shopping streets in Söder. Södermalm offers fantastic views of the city, not least from the viewpoint Fåfängan.
Kungsholmen [see picture first in article] has recently emerged as another trendy district. This district is located west of Stockholm and is an island. The buildings in Kungsholmen and Södermalm are a nice mix of beautiful buildings from the 1700s to the 1900s. There were Franciscan monks on the islet in the 1400s.
Gamla Stan is located in the center of Stockholm and is next door to Norrmalm. Here you will find the Royal Palace (which is much larger than the Norwegian), the Riddarhuset and the Nobel House. In addition, you will find picturesque alleys and many old churches. There are also cozy cafes and restaurants. Old Town represents Stockholm as it once was. The same goes for Riddarholmen, located on an island just off the Old Town, and which is Northern Europe’s best-preserved collection of medieval buildings.
Djurgården is a district (island) that can be characterized as the excursion district. Djurgården has parks and attractions – including the Vasa Museum, Skansen (open-air museum) and Grøna Lund (large amusement park). Skansen is the world’s oldest open-air museum and occupies large parts of western Djurgården. The shoreline at Djurgården is 10 200 meters.
Skeppsholmen is an island in the Salt Lake, but at the same time belongs to central Stockholm. Skeppsholmen has a bridge connection with Norrmalm, among others. Kastellholmen is a neighboring island that also belongs to the district of Skeppsholmen. The main attraction at Skeppsholmen is the Moderna museum which has collections of photographs, sculptures and paintings. Among other things you will find well-known works by Picasso.
Facts about Stockholm
Stockholm is the capital of Sweden and also the country’s largest city in terms of population. In slogan-like campaigns, Stockholm has called itself Capital of Scandinavia to great indignation for both Copenhagen and Oslo. And maybe there is something in it? At least if we look at the country and the city historically, perhaps the truth is that Stockholm is the natural capital of Scandinavia, no matter how bitter it sounds.
|Currency||Swedish kroner. 100 SEK equals about 90 Norwegian. Most credit cards (Visa, Master, Diners, AmEx) are accepted in most places. ATMs are available almost everywhere. Check the Travel Plan’s currency guide for details!|
|Tips||Around 10% is common if you are satisfied with the service|
|Embassy||The Norwegian Embassy is located in Skarpögatan 4. Tel: +46 8 665 6340|
|Tourist||Sergels Torg 1, plan K1.|
|Electricity||220/230 volts, the same two-pin contact system as in Norway.|
|Holidays and Holidays||January 1, January 6, June 6 (National Day). Also Good Friday, 1st and 2nd Easter Day, 1st Pentecost Day, Ascension Day, and 1st and 2nd Christmas Day.|
|Visa||Not required for Norwegian citizens|
|Vaccinations||No vaccines are required.|
|Water||Can be drunk from the tap, but not recommended. Fine toothbrush.|
|Nearest major cities||Uppsala, Eskilstuna, Norrtälje|
|Safety||Slightly violent crime, but be aware of pickpockets in crowds.|
List of Stockholm Acronyms
The most commonly used abbreviations about Stockholm is STH which stands for Stockholm. In the following table, you can see all acronyms related to Stockholm, including abbreviations for airport, city, school, port, government, and etc.