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    City of islands

    One of Europe’s loveliest cities – and one of its oldest – Stockholm is spread across 14 islands, each with their own character. The southern island of Södermalm is home to a bohemian world of quirky boutiques and markets, while historic Gamla Stan is famous for its asperous architecture and a daring rooftop tour.

    Elsewhere, peaceful Djurgården is crammed with witty museums and bloom-filled parks, while Norrmalm is a mecca for shoppers in search of a luxe style fix. Whether you’re after a culture fix, a slap-up supper or some stylish new additions to your wardrobe, Stockholm is guaranteed to delight.

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    09:00 a.m. – From ship to palace

    Södra Riddarholmshammen
    111 28 Stockholm
    Sweden
    Tel. +46-8/54518780
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    We spent the night on board the yacht hotel Mälardrottningen on the island of Riddarholmen – you couldn’t hope to find a more maritime place to stay. Once the property of Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton, the yacht now lies securely tied up at the quayside. A number of its 61 cabins offer views of Lake Mälar.

    From the quayside, it’s just a short walk to the neighboring island of Stadtsholmen. In the narrow streets of Stockholm’s old town center, Gamla stan, the medieval architecture dating from the days of the Hansa League is still very much in evidence: fine houses with steep gables and richly decorated portals once inhabited by the burghers and merchants of the city. Behind their walls, cellar vaults and chalk paintings dating from the Middle Ages still survive today.

    If you’re looking for arts and crafts, curiosities and souvenirs, you are sure to find something you like here in Gamla stan. Pleasure steamers, and theater and cruise ships are tied up down on the waterfront and towering majestically above the scene, there’s the Royal Palace – with over 600 rooms, one of the largest palaces in the world. First built in 1697, almost entirely destroyed by fire and reconstructed in Italian Baroque style by 1754, the palace also accommodates the king’s offices.

    10:00 a.m. – Breakfast at the Grand Hôtel

    Södra Blasieholmshamnen 8
    111 48 Stockholm
    Sweden
    Tel. +46-8/679 3500
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    From the old town island of Stadsholmen, we take the few steps across Strömbron bridge to Blasieholmen peninsula and the Grand Hôtel, which traditionally provides the accommodation for each year’s Nobel prizewinners. The hotel opened in 1874 and offers a superb view over Gamla stan and the Royal Palace.

    But even without a Nobel prize, all comers are very welcome to enjoy the excellent service of the hotel’s five cafés, restaurants and bars. At Matsalen restaurant, for example, head chef Mathias Dahlgren, (who holds two Michelin stars) astounds diners with “exclusive simplicity.”

    11:00 a.m. – Museums ahoy!

    Exercisplan 4‬
    111 49 Stockholm
    Sweden
    Tel. +46-8/52 02 35 00
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    On the neighboring island of Skeppsholmen, the Museum of Modern Art (Moderna Museet) shows contemporary works and Swedish design. The Museum of Modern Art has one of the best collections of post-1900 exhibits, including works by Marcel Duchamp, Louise Bourgeois, Pablo Picasso, Niki de Saint Phalle, Salvador Dalí, Carolee Schneemann, Henri Matisse and Robert Rauschenberg.

    The neighboring Museum of World Culture (Världskultur Museerna/Östasiatiska Museet) contains one of the most extensive collections in Europe of cultural artifacts from China, Japan, India and other parts of Asia.

    A brief detour across Kastellholmsbron bridge to Kastellholmen brings us to the tiny citadel of Kastellet, to which the green islet owes its name.

    02:00 p.m. – Still more museums!

    Djurgårdsvägen 6-16
    115 93 Stockholm
    Sweden
    Tel. +46-8/51 95 46 00
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    After crossing back to Skeppsholmen, we continue on to Djurgården, once the site of the Royal Zoological Gardens. Most of this peninsula is taken up by woodland – and museums. The Vasa Museum is dedicated to the Vasa, the only 17th century ship in the world to have survived. With more than 95 percent of its original parts still preserved and decorated with hundreds of carvings, it is a unique art treasure.

    The Nordic Museum contains extensive collections of artifacts related to Sweden’s cultural history and its various ethnic groups.

    The Neoclassical building housing Liljevalchs art gallery is considered one of the most beautiful museums in northern Europe. The Spring Salon features an exhibition of 20th century Swedish and international artworks. After taking in so much art, we reward ourselves with some of the delicious treats to be had next door at the Blå Porten café and restaurant (blaporten.com).

    08:00 p.m. – Drink with a view

    Mörka Kroken 28 – 30
    115 27 Stockholm
    Sweden

    Tel. +46-8/667 21 80
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    Before ending our tour of Stockholm, we pay a visit to Kaknästornet television tower in the Ladugårdsgärdet district of the city. At 155 meters, it is the tallest building open to tourists in Sweden and offers the best view over nighttime Stockholm and its unique, glittering island realm.

    The observation platform and a restaurant and café/sky bar are located on level 30 of the square (!) television tower.

    10:00 p.m. – A dance to end the day

    Näckströmsgatan 8
    111 47 Stockholm
    Sweden
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    We want to end the evening clubbing, and so we head to the Gallery 2.35:1 at the Berns. The nightclub features an excellent selection of DJs and also hosts regular live concerts in a variety of music genres.

    There’s a terrace for good weather, and on colder days, the stylish lounge beckons. After plenty of exercise on the dance floor, we hail a taxi to carry us back to Mälardrottningen, our floating hotel.

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    Kungliga Slottet

    Slottsbacken
    111 30 Stockholm
    Sweden
    Tel: (08) 402 6130
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    Opening times:
    Tues-Sun 1200-1600

    Sweden’s royal seat, built on the ruins of Tre Kronor, a royal castle that burned down in 1697, is open to visitors year-round. Highlights include the Karl XI Gallery and the glittering Royal Treasury.

    Vasamuseet

    Galärvarvsvägen 14
    115 21 Stockholm
    Sweden
    Tel: (08) 5195 4800
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1700

    One of Sweden’s most visited attractions, the Vasamuseet is home to the wrecked warship Vasa, a 69m-long (226ft) beast that sank in the Saltsjön Bay on its maiden voyage in 1628.

    Storkyrkan

    Trångsund 1
    111 29 Stockholm
    Sweden
    Tel: (08) 723 3000
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1600

    A picturesque medieval cathedral in the heart of the Old Town, Storkyrkan was built in 1279 and was the setting for the 2010 wedding of Crown Princess Victoria and her former personal trainer, Daniel Westling.

    ABBA: The Museum

    Djurgårdsvägen 68
    115 21 Stockholm
    Sweden
    Tel: (08) 1213 2860
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    Opening times:
    Fri-Tues: 1000-1800
    Wed-Thu 1000-2000

    Dedicated to Sweden’s most famous pop export, ABBA, the museum is crammed with outré memorabilia and has its own dancefloor just in case the urge to strut your stuff to Dancing Queen becomes too much.

    Östermalms Saluhall

    Östermalmstorg
    114 39 Stockholm
    Sweden
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Thurs 0930-1800
    Fri 0930-1900
    Sat 0930-1600

    The Östermalms Saluhall is worth visiting for its gorgeous 18th-century carapace alone but once inside, Stockholm’s prettiest food market offers everything from live langoustines to traditional cinnamon buns.

    Ericsson Globe

    Globentorget 2
    121 77 Stockholm
    Sweden
    Tel: (07) 7181 1000
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Fri 0930-1800
    Sat-Sun 0930-1600

    Taking in most of Stockholm, the views from the top of the Ericsson Globe, the world’s largest spherical building, are hard to beat. Access is via one of the two SkyView gondolas which travel up the exterior to the 130m (427ft) apex.

    Millesgården

    Herserudsvägen 32
    181 34 Lidingö
    Sweden
    Tel: (08) 446 7590
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1100-1700 (May-Sep)
    Tues-Sun 1100-1700 (Oct-Apr)

    The former home of sculptor Carl Milles (1875-1955), Millesgården, on the island of Lidingö, is a flora-filled series of open terraces dotted with examples of his work.

    Rosendals Trädgård

    Rosendalsterrassen 12
    115 21 Stockholm
    Sweden
    Tel: (08) 5458 1270
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    Opening times:
    Tues-Sun 1100-1600 (Feb-March, Nov-Dec)
    Tues-Sun 1100-1700 (Apr)
    Mon-Fri 1100-1700, Sat-Sun 1100-1800 (May-Sep)
    Tues-Fri 1100-1600, Sat-Sun 1100-1700 (Oct)
    closed January

    There’s no shortage of pretty parks in Stockholm but with its groves of gnarled apple trees and tumbling rows of blooms, Rosendals Trädgård (‘Valley of Roses’ in Swedish) is one of the loveliest.

    Stadshuset

    Hantverkargatan 1
    111 52 Stockholm
    Sweden
    Tel: (08) 5082 9058
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1200 (Oct-May)
    0900-1700 (Jun-Aug)
    1000-1400 (Sep)

    Begun in 1911, the Stadshuset, Sweden’s favourite building according to a recent poll, is the world of art nouveau architect Ragnar Östberg. Highlights include the commanding tower and the Blue Hall (which is actually red) where the Nobel Prize winner’s banquet is hosted.

    Junibacken

    Galärvarvsvägen 8
    115 21 Stockholm
    Sweden
    Tel: (08) 5872 3000
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    Opening times:
    Tues-Sun 1000-1700 (Sep-Apr)
    daily 1000-1700 (May-Jun and mid-late Aug)
    daily 1000-1800 (Jul-mid-Aug)

    Perhaps the most enchanting of Djurgården’s many museums, Junibacken is dedicated to all things fairytale, in particular Astrid Lindgren, the creator of Sweden’s favourite fictional character Pippi Longstocking.

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    Country Information

    Country overview

    Sweden is a land of incredible contrast. Home to a vast array of landscapes – from the dense pine forests and craggy mountains of the north, to the rolling hills and glossy golden beaches of the south – the gap widens even more when you take the country’s urban centres (home to 84% of the population) into account. The seven major cities, which include Malmö, Gothenburg

    and the capital, Stockholm – each have their own distinct character, compelling histories and wildly varying architectural styles. Despite these differences, urban Sweden tends to be stylish, modern and sophisticated, while the countryside offers simpler pleasures for those in search of peace and tranquillity.

    Geography

    With a land mass totalling around 449,964 sq km (173,732 sq miles), Sweden is the fifth largest country in Europe and the largest of the Scandinavian bloc. Sharing land borders with Norway to the west and Finland to the northeast, the country also has 3,218km (2,000 miles) of coastline, much of it on the Baltic Sea. What remains faces the Gulf of Bothnia, a chilly stretch of sea shared with Finland. To the south, Denmark is another near neighbour and is directly linked to the southern Swedish port of Malmö via the Öresund Bridge. Along with Denmark, Sweden has maritime borders with Germany, Poland, Russia, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. With a population of just over nine million, most of whom inhabit the cities and the south, the vast majority (78%) of Sweden’s enormous tracts of land

    are forested, while another 8% is covered in water. The largest lake is Vänern, with an area of 5,655 sq km (2,140 sq miles) and the highest peak is Kebnekaise, which stands 2,104m (6,903ft) above sea level and is part of the Scandinavian mountain chain on the Norwegian border. In the far north, Sweden’s portion of Lapland extends well into the Arctic Circle, with the northernmost outpost of Swedish civilisation to be found in the tiny Lappish town of Treriksröset on the three-way border between Finland, Norway and Sweden. The country’s southernmost point is the small fishing village of Smygehuk on the Baltic coast, close to the tiny city of Trelleborg in Skåne County.

    General knowledge

    Key facts

    Area: 449,964 sq km (173,732 sq miles).

    Population: 9.6 million (2013).

    Population density: 21.4 per sq km.

    Capital: Stockholm.

    Government: Constitutional monarchy.

    Language

    The main language is Swedish but Sámi (Lapp) is spoken by the Sámi population in the north. There are also Finnish, Meänkieli, Romani and Yiddish-speaking minorities. English is taught as the first foreign language from an early age.

    Currency

    Swedish Krona (SEK; symbol kr) = 100 öre. Notes are in denominations of kr1,000, 500, 100, 50 and 20. Coins are in denominations of kr10, 5, 2 and 1, and 50 öre.

    Standard time zone

    UTC/GMT +1 hour

    Electricity

    230 volts AC, 50Hz. Round two-pin continental plugs are used.

    General business opening hours

    Flexible working hours are a widespread practice with lunch between 1200 and 1300. Normal office hours are 0800-1600.

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2014-December 2015 period.

    2014

    New Year’s Day: 1 January 2014
    Epiphany: 6 January 2014
    Easter Sunday: 20 April 2014
    Labour Day: 1 May 2014
    Ascension Day: 29 May 2014
    National Day: 6 June 2014
    Whit Sunday: 8 June 2014
    Midsummer’s Day: 21 June 2014
    All Saints’ Day: 1 November 2014
    Christmas Day: 25 December 2014
    Boxing Day: 26 December 2014
    New Year’s Eve: 31 December 2014

    2015

    New Year’s Day: 1 January 2015
    Epiphany: 6 January 2015
    Easter Sunday: 5 April 2015
    Labour Day: 1 May 2015
    Ascension Day: 14 May 2015
    Whit Sunday: 24 May 2015
    National Day: 6 June 2015
    Midsummer’s Day: 20 June 2015
    All Saints’ Day: 1 November 2015
    Christmas Day: 25 December 2015
    Boxing Day: 26 December 2015
    New Year’s Eve: 31 December 2015

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    Getting around

    Public transport

    The Tunnelbana, or T-bana, metro system is the quickest way to get from A to B, although the bus service is also easy to use and a good way to explore Stockholm if you have time to spare. Trams are fewer, although the number seven, the Djurgårdslinjen, wends its way past many of the main sights. If you’re planning to rely on public transport, pick up a Stockholmskortet which lasts for one, two, three or five days and gives you unlimited travel on all routes as well as unlimited use of the city’s public bike scheme.

    Taxis

    Stockholm taxis are notoriously expensive but safe and easy to find. Hail one on the street or order from Taxi Stockholm (tel: (08) 150 000) or TaxiKurir (tel: (08) 300 000). Taxis have higher rates for evenings and weekends. Tips are usually included in the fare.

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    The Swedish metropolis is clearly also the country’s culinary capital thanks to its colorful array of star-studded restaurants, major proponents of the new Nordic cuisine, and cozy bistros.

    Den Gyldene Freden

    Österlånggatan 51
    111 31 Stockholm
    Sweden
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    Stockholm’s oldest restaurant was established in 1722 in honor of the Peace of Nystad. Diners here can enjoy both Swedish gourmet cuisine and excellent traditional home-style fare.

    F12

    Fredsgatan 12
    111 52 Stockholm
    Sweden
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    Tel. +46-8/50 52 44 00

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    A modern classic among Stockholm’s Michelin-starred restaurants, F12 specializes in innovative, international cuisine and surprising flavor combinations.

    Tranan

    Karlbergsvägen 14
    113 27 Stockholm
    Sweden
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    Tel. +46-8/52 72 81 00

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    This restaurant, located in Vasastaden district north of the old town, is famous chiefly for its rårakor, a kind of potato pancake.

    Solliden

    Skansen
    115 21 Stockholm
    Sweden
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    Tel. +46-8/56 63 70 00

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    The oldest open-air museum in the world offers a fantastic view of Stockholm. In the summer, a classic Swedish smörgåsbord buffet is served every day between 12 noon and 4pm in the time-honored dining room there.

    Esperanto

    Kungstensgatan 2
    114 25 Stockholm
    Sweden
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    Tel. +46-8/696 23 23

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    Hailed as one of Sweden’s best restaurants by the respected White Guide magazine, Esperanto describes its concept as “romantic, surrealistic, with a touch of nature.”

    Mathias Dahlgren

    Grand Hôtel Stockholm
    Södra Blasieholmshamnen 6
    111 48 Stockholm
    Sweden
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    Tel. +46-8/679 35 84

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    Mathias Dahlgren, one of Sweden’s best-known chefs, presents his country’s products in a whole new light – and vis-à-vis the Royal Palace.

    Pontus!

    Norrlandsgatan 33
    111 38 Stockholm
    Sweden
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    Tel. +46-8/51 02 54 00

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    Unconventional restaurant setup (bistro-cum-delicatessen) with international and Swedish fare served on various levels.

    Frantzén

    Lilla Nygatan 21
    111 28 Stockholm
    Sweden
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    Tel. +46-8/20 85 80

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    The absolute trend restaurant in the Gamla Stan (old town) district lines up a spectacular array of food brimming with surprises for its evening guests.

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    Seriously stylish clubs, quaint jazz joints and cheerful beer halls – there’s no shortage of choice once the sun goes down in Stockholm.

    Although the Swedish penchant for death metal is still very much in evidence, everything from classical chamber music to hip hop is on offer.

    Icebar Stockholm

    Vasaplan 4
    101 37 Stockholm
    Sweden
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    Cool in more ways than one, the Icebar Stockholm is the place to go for chic cocktails in sub-zero temperatures.

    Fasching

    Kungsgatan 63
    111 22 Stockholm
    Sweden
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    A cult spot for music lovers since the 1970s, Fasching offers some of the best live jazz performances in the city.

    Och Himlen Därtill

    Götgatan 78
    118 30 Stockholm
    Sweden
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    Occupying the top floor of a Södermalm skyscraper, the stylish bar boasts 360-degree views.

    White Room

    Jakobsbergsgatan 29
    111 44 Stockholm
    Sweden
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    Ridiculously cool and very glitzy, White Room is where the cool crowd go for champagne-fuelled high jinks.

    Riddarhuset

    Riddarhustorget 10
    103 11 Stockholm
    Sweden
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    Completed in 1674, the beautiful Riddarhuset is home to the Stockholm Sinfonietta orchestra.

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    Thanks to the efforts of René Redzepi in neighbouring Copenhagen, Scandinavian food is enjoying something of a renaissance and Stockholm does it just as well as its

    Danish competition. As you’d expect from a harbour city, seafood features heavily on local menus as do traditional treats such as cinnamon buns.

    Lux Dag för Dag

    Primusgatan 116
    112 67 Stockholm
    Sweden
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    Price: Expensive

    Expect a gourmet take on local fare using produce sourced from the surrounding area.

    Gondolen

    Stadsgården 6
    104 65 Stockholm
    Sweden
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    Price: Expensive

    Perched above the harbour in Södermalm, Gondolen does food with a spectacular view.

    Nytorget Urban Deli

    Nytorget 4
    116 40 Stockholm
    Sweden
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    Price: Moderate

    A slick modern effort that serves up Scandinavian classics made from ingredients sold on site.

    Pelikan

    Blekingegatan 40
    116 62 Stockholm
    Sweden
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    Price: Cheap

    Popular with Stockholm’s style set, Pelikan serves up Swedish classics washed down with local beer.

    Cultur Bar and Restaurant

    Österlånggatan 34
    111 31 Stockholm
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    Price: Cheap

    Hidden away in the heart of Gamla Stan, the Cultur Bar and Restaurant specialises in wine and tapas.

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    Walpurgis Night

    30 April 2014

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    Venue: Various venues including Skansen

    Heralding the arrival of spring, Walpurgis Night (otherwise known as Valborg) is an often frenzied celebration involving copious bonfires, alcohol and singing. The party takes place all over the country – there are especially lively festivities in the nearby student city of Uppsala.

    Stockholm Marathon

    31 May 2014

    Event cost: Free to spectate

    Event website

    Venue: Stockholm Olympic Stadium

    Attracting participants from over 40 countries, the Stockholm Marathon sees competitors make their way around two laps of the course that runs through the centre of this fabulous city. It starts and finishes at Stockholm Stadium, which is one of the most popular sites for spectators to soak up the fun and excitement of the annual event. Open to runners over the age of 18, the Stockholm Marathon was first held in 1979 and today attracts approximately 17,000 participants and several hundred thousand spectators.

    Swedish National Day

    6 June 2014

    Event cost: Free

    Venue: Skansen and throughout Stockholm

    The world’s oldest open-air museum, on an island near the centre of Stockholm, consists of historic buildings set in parkland, with a zoo for further amusement. Each year on 6 June, the Swedish royal family arrives to celebrate National Day, a patriotic occasion celebrated mainly by nationals, but also offering much in the way of pageantry for the tourist to enjoy. Expect flag waving, speeches and music throughout Stockholm, before the royals proceed to Skansen, where further events are held. The release of 50,000 yellow and dark-blue balloons takes place at Skeppsbron outside the Royal Palace.

    Midsummer celebrations

    21 June 2014

    Venue: Skansen

    Midsummer is one of the highlights of the year in Skansen. Celebrations last for three days. Visitors help in making garlands of flowers for the maypole which they raise together with Skansen Folk Dance Team.

    Stockholm Early Music Festival

    June 2014

    Event cost: SEK70-330

    Event website

    Venue: Various churches in the Old Town

    Taking place in Stockholm’s historic Old Town, the annual Stockholm Early Music Festival presents a musical programme that includes a mix of international stars as well as young and emerging talent. The event was first held in 2002 and has already established itself as a favourite among fans of early musical styles, showcasing pieces from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque periods. The festival includes three series: evening concerts in the German Church, afternoon concerts in the Finnish Church and lunchtime concerts in the Royal Coin Cabinet. There are also a number of seminars and events for children.

    Stockholm Pride

    28 July – 2 August 2014

    Event cost: Many events are free

    Event website

    Venue: Various venues and locations in Stockholm

    The Stockholm Pride is the largest gay and lesbian event in Scandinavia and each year attracts thousands of revellers of all persuasions for the week-long celebrations, which take place on the largest (and trendiest) of Stockholm’s islands, Södermalm. The entire island turns itself over to the event, with many of the streets and shops bedecked with rainbow flags and decorations. Many of the events take place at the Pride Park where there is a stage, stalls, food and drink vendors and other entertainment. Numerous other events, ranging from political debates to film screenings, take place at various venues outside of the park.

    Midnattsloppet

    16 August 2014

    Event cost: Free to spectate

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    Venue: The streets of Södermalm

    One of Stockholm’s most popular sporting events, the annual Midnattsloppet combines a 10km (6.2-mile) run with a great party atmosphere involving live bands and samba musicians that line the route. The fact that the race begins in the evening only adds to the special atmosphere. Taking place in Södermalm in Stockholm, the event attracts over 16,000 participants and around 200,000 spectators who line the route cheering the runners on.

    DN Galan (Athletics)

    21 August 2014

    Event cost: SEK255-850

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    Venue: Stockholm Olympic Stadium

    Part of the IAAF Super Grand Prix, DN Galan is one of the leading track and field athletics events in Sweden. Held in the impressive Stockholm Olympic Stadium, built in 1912, the event draws in some of the biggest names in world athletics – Usain Bolt himself returned in 2011. Adding a little extra incentive for competitors, since 1994 every athlete that sets a new stadium record is awarded with a one-carat diamond. DN Galan was first staged in 1967 and has grown to become the largest annual sporting event in Sweden.

    Tjejmilen (Running)

    6 September 2014

    Event cost: Free to spectate

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    Venue: The race starts and finishes in Gardet

    An event solely for women, Tjejmilen is a running race that attracts close to 25,000 participants each year. It takes runners on a 10km (6.2-mile) course through the picturesque royal park of Djurgarden in Stockholm. The event is open to women of all ages and running abilities, and starts and finishes in Gardet in central Stockholm.

    Stockholm Beer and Whisky Festival

    25-27 September and 2-4 October 2014

    Venue: Factory Nacka Strand, Augustendalstorget

    Since 1992, this has been the leading festival in Sweden for beer, cider and whisky. The event is held over two weekends in late September and early October and showcases some 500 national and international beers, ciders and whiskies. There are tastings, expert seminars and awards. For further refreshment, restaurants serve everything from sausages to oysters as well as many beer-based dishes. A programme of lively on-stage entertainment accompanies the festivities.

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    From Scandinavian minimalism to plush and palatial, there’s no shortage of stylish sleeping spots in Stockholm.

    Most cater to business travellers so prices drop by as much as 50% in the summer and many also offer generous weekend deals.

    Scandic Grand Central

    Kungsgatan 70
    111 22 Stockholm
    Sweden
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    Price: Expensive

    Built in 1885, the imposing Scandic Grand Central, in the heart of Norrmalm, is effortlessly cool.

    Birger Jarl

    Tulegatan 8
    104 32 Stockholm
    Sweden
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    Price: Expensive

    Named for Stockholm’s founding father, the Birger Jarl is a seriously stylish place to escape the crowds.

    Stallmästaregården

    Norrtull
    113 47 Stockholm
    Sweden
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    Price: Moderate

    The oldest guesthouse in Stockholm, Stallmästaregården boasts pretty rooms and a prettier setting next to the Royal Pavilion in Haga.

    Berns

    Näckströmsgatan 8
    111 47 Stockholm
    Sweden
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    Price: Moderate

    A favourite with Stockholm’s style crowd, Berns is nevertheless excellent value.

    Mornington Bromma

    Norrbyvägen 30
    168 69 Stockholm
    Sweden
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    Price: Cheap

    A stylish budget option with cheerful modernist décor and a sunny breakfast terrace.

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    Telephone & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile phones

    International dialling code: +46

    Mobile phone

    Mobile phone coverage is available across most of the country, although it can be sporadic in very isolated or extremely rural areas. Most international networks also have arrangements with local providers.

    Internet

    Internet cafés can be found in most major urban areas but are scarce outside of cities. Sweden is one of the world’s most net-savvy countries, with a very high proportion of the population online.

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    Shopping in Stockholm
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    Key areas

    Stockholm is a style fan’s dream, with everything from Scandi chic knick-knacks to pieces by hip local labels such as Acne, Dagmar and Whyred. Most are to be found in and around Östermalm, the city district famous for its luxury boutiques clustered along Birger Jarlsgatan. Elsewhere, bohemian Södermalm is the place to go for stylish clothes and accessories at pocket-friendly prices.

    Markets

    The baroque Östermalms Saluhall food market is the main event but also worth visiting are Glass Hus, Birkagatan 8, which offers more than 50 different types of ice cream and sorbet, and the quaint Marsipanbåt, moored along Nybrokajen in December.

    Shopping centres

    Stockholm doesn’t really do brash mega-malls, instead focusing on smaller gallerias such as Sturegallerian, Stureplan, which opened in 1885 and boasts a carefully curated selection of boutiques and a spa. Other highlights include Ordning&Reda, which specialises in homeware and accessories, the youth-oriented Bruno Götgatsbacken, Götgatan 36, and Hamngatan’s 80-store Gallerian.

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    My Stockholm

    “Whenever I’m in Stockholm,  I just have to have some kanelbullar, cinnamon rolls. The Swedes love their kanelbullar, kladdkaka (chocolate cake) and princesstårta (princess cake – cream sponge layer cake encased in green marzipan) with their coffee. I particularly enjoy the ones they serve at the Skansen open-air museum restaurant, where you also have a fantastic view of the city.”

    Gary Wilson, Crewtipp, Lufthansa, Stockholm, Travelguide, Flugbegleiter

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social conventions

    Normal courtesies should be observed. It is customary for the guest to refrain from drinking until the host makes a toast. The guest should also thank the host for the meal by saying tack för maten (thank you for the food).

    Casual dress is acceptable for everyday occasions; smarter threads are worn for social occasions, exclusive restaurants and clubs. Evening wear (black tie) will usually be specified when required. Smoking is prohibited on public transport and in most public buildings.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    Food in Sweden is safe to eat although care should be taken when purchasing food from roadside stalls. In most cases, Swedish food tends to be safer than that produced in other countries, thanks to the Swedish National Food Administration’s tough rules on pesticides and additives. Sweden also enforces tough rules on misleading food marketing claims, which means – provided you can translate the Swedish text – that you shouldn’t get any nasty surprises when picking up food in supermarkets. Tap water is also safe, although drinking from streams, lakes and rivers – however clean they look – isn’t recommended as even the most inviting-looking water can harbour parasites. Water that has been boiled or treated with iodine or chlorine tablets is usually safe to drink.

    Other Risks

    The World Health Organisation recommends vaccination for tick-borne encephalitis regardless of the destination. If you intend to participate in winter sports, make sure your travel insurance policy covers it as many will refuse to pay out should you take ‘unnecessary risks’ – under which heading come many of the country’s most popular winter sports; skiing and snowboarding included. While Sweden’s mild summers pose little risk for outdoor adventure enthusiasts, its arctic winters are a different story. With temperatures regularly dipping below zero (to as low as minus 30ºC in northern regions), care needs to be taken when participating in outdoor sports during the colder months. Extra layers, including thick woollen hats and gloves, are essential and it’s also worth carrying a small supply of food and fluids should you get into trouble.

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    Climate and best time to visit Stockholm

    Winter in Stockholm is a dark and bitter affair, although the charming Christmas market and hearty seasonal fare do go a long way towards making up for the dankness. Summer, by contrast, is a paradise of long (mostly) sunny days which lend themselves to exploring the city’s many parks or exploring the Stockholm archipelago by sea kayak. June also brings the rowdy charm of Midsommar, a Viking tradition that remains popular with their modern successors and brings locals flocking onto the streets to celebrate with the ever-popular combination of herring and akvavit.

    Climate & best time to visit Sweden

    Like neighbouring Finland and Norway, Sweden experiences extreme cold in the winter, particularly in arctic regions, and gentle heat in the summer with temperatures hitting highs of around 30 degrees celsius in the south. The bitter cold and long hours of winter darkness make travelling difficult; particularly if you’re planning outdoor activities, although one of the big upsides of the freezing weather is the myriad opportunities for getting involved in winter sports.

    Sweden’s cities, too, are great fun during winter, with glögg (mulled wine) sellers on every corner, while in the arctic north the winter months go hand in hand with the chance to see the Northern Lights. Coastal areas enjoy a gentler climate thanks to the temporising effects of the Gulf Stream but winters can still be unpleasantly cold and significantly rainier than in the north. The flipside is that southern summers are correspondingly hotter, which gives visitors the chance to really make the most of the wonderful beaches. Like Norway and Finland, summer days tend to be long in the extreme, with the midnight sun shining during northern summers. During winter, daylight hours are few, with total darkness reigning during the long arctic winter.

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    Jan11 °C-29 °C-1 °C-4 °C87 %39 mm101.3 h
    Feb12 °C-28 °C-1 °C-5 °C86 %27 mm62.4 h
    Mar18 °C-22 °C1 °C-3 °C80 %26 mm74.9 h
    Apr23 °C-11 °C8 °C0 °C73 %30 mm76.5 h
    May28 °C-4 °C14 °C5 °C64 %30 mm68.8 h
    Jun32 °C0 °C19 °C10 °C66 %45 mm810.2 h
    Jul34 °C3 °C21 °C14 °C71 %72 mm108.9 h
    Aug35 °C2 °C20 °C13 °C78 %66 mm87.6 h
    Sep27 °C-3 °C15 °C9 °C81 %55 mm105.4 h
    Oct20 °C-9 °C9 °C4 °C85 %50 mm93.1 h
    Nov14 °C-18 °C4 °C1 °C88 %53 mm111.6 h
    Dec12 °C-24 °C1 °C-1 °C89 %46 mm101.0 h
    year35 °C-29 °C9 °C3 °C79 %539 mm1035.1 h

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