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Explore the beauty of Sweden with budget-friendly travel tips. From affordable accommodations to free attractions, make the most of your Swedish adventure.

About Sweden

A Nordic country located in Scandinavia, Sweden is a popular travel destination known for its natural beauty, vibrant cities, and rich cultural heritage.

Tourist attractions in Sweden include Stockholm's ABBA Museum, the Vasa Museum, the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi, and the Gothenburg Archipelago.

Countries neighbouring Sweden: Finland, Norway and Denmark.

Driving Distances in Europe

Driving From Gothenburg - Driving From Stockholm.

Travel Map Mapping The Kingdom of Sweden - Konungariket Sverige

Map of Sweden

Map of Sweden

Sweden is officially called the Kingdom of Sweden, Konungariket Sverige, in Swedish.

Sweden Overview

Sweden shares borders with Norway to the west and Finland to the east, and is connected to Denmark via the Öresund Bridge.

Sweden is a prosperous and progressive country with a rich cultural heritage and a high quality of life.

Capital and Major Cities

The capital city of Sweden is Stockholm, which is also the largest city in the country.

Other major cities include Gothenburg (Göteborg), Malmö, and Uppsala.


Traditional Swedish cuisine includes dishes like meatballs (köttbullar), herring, and gravlax (cured salmon).

The country is also known for its pastries, particularly cinnamon buns (kanelbullar), and has a growing reputation for innovative, modern cuisine.


Swedish culture is influenced by its history, geography, and traditions.

The country is known for its design, particularly in furniture and home goods (think IKEA), as well as its contributions to literature, music, and film.

The concept of 'lagom', meaning moderation or balance, is often associated with Swedish culture.


Sweden has a highly developed mixed economy, characterised by a strong welfare state, high standard of living, and extensive social benefits.

Key industries include manufacturing, services, technology, and exports of goods like automobiles, machinery, and telecommunications equipment.


Sweden places a strong emphasis on education, with tuition-free schooling for all levels, including higher education.

The country has a number of prestigious universities and is known for its research and innovation in fields like science and technology.


Sweden has a diverse landscape, including forests, mountains, and thousands of coastal islands.


Sweden is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary democracy.

The head of state is the Monarch, but the country is primarily governed by elected officials and a Prime Minister.


The official language of Sweden is Swedish, a North Germanic language closely related to Danish and Norwegian.

English is widely spoken and understood, particularly among younger generations and in urban areas.

Nature and Outdoor Activities

Sweden's natural beauty is a major draw for tourists and residents alike.

The country offers opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing, fishing, and kayaking, with vast forests, lakes, and mountains to explore.

Social Welfare

Sweden is known for its comprehensive social welfare system, which provides universal healthcare, education, and social security to its citizens.

The country has a high standard of living and consistently ranks well in global quality of life indices.

Visiting Sweden

Whether you're exploring vibrant cities, immersing yourself in nature, or savoring Swedish cuisine, a visit to Sweden promises unforgettable memories and experiences.

Sweden Highlights


Sweden offers a range of accommodation options to suit every budget and preference, from luxury hotels and boutique guesthouses to cosy cabins and eco-friendly lodges.

Consider staying in a traditional Swedish stuga (cottage) for an authentic experience.

Cultural Events

Check out Sweden's calendar of cultural events and festivals, which celebrate everything from music and film to food and literature.

Highlights include the Midsummer festivities in June, the Nobel Prize ceremonies in Stockholm, and the Gothenburg Film Festival in January.

Eating Out in Sweden

Sample traditional Swedish dishes like meatballs with lingonberry sauce, herring served in various ways, and savoury pancakes known as pannkakor.

Indulge in fika, the Swedish tradition of coffee and pastries, and don't miss out on trying local delicacies such as smoked salmon, crayfish, and cloudberries.


Sweden's second-largest city is known for its vibrant cultural scene, picturesque canals, and maritime history.

Explore the Liseberg amusement park, stroll along the Avenyn boulevard, and visit the Gothenburg Museum of Art.

Don't miss a boat tour of the archipelago or a seafood feast at the Feskekôrka fish market.


Located in the south of the country, Malmö is a cosmopolitan city with a rich mix of Swedish and immigrant cultures.

Admire the modern architecture of the Turning Torso skyscraper, wander through the lush parks of Slottsträdgården, and explore the historic district of Gamla Väster.

You can even cross the Øresund Bridge to visit the charming Danish city of Copenhagen for a day trip.


Sweden boasts stunning natural landscapes, from dense forests and sparkling lakes to rugged mountains and picturesque coastlines.

Explore the wilderness of Swedish Lapland in the far north, go hiking in the Sarek or Abisko National Parks, or relax in the serene surroundings of the Stockholm Archipelago.

Outdoor Activities

Embrace Sweden's outdoor lifestyle by trying activities like kayaking, canoeing, cycling, and skiing (depending on the season).

Go wildlife spotting for moose, reindeer, and brown bears, or experience the thrill of dog sledding and snowmobiling in the winter months.


In the capital of Sweden, explore the historic Gamla Stan (Old Town) with its cobblestone streets, colourful buildings, and landmarks like the Royal Palace and Stockholm Cathedral.

Visit world-class museums such as the Vasa Museum, home to a 17th-century warship, and the ABBA Museum, dedicated to the iconic Swedish band.


The capital of Sweden is on the eastern coast of the country, where Lake Malaren enters the Baltic Sea.

Map of Stockholm

Map of Stockholm

Christian II, king of Denmark and Norway, was crowned in Stockholm, in 1520, to strengthen his position in Sweden.

Three years later Danish rule was overthrown, and Gustav I Vasa became king of Sweden, and Stockholm became the centre of his kingdom.

Visit Stockholm.

A beautiful city, spread out over twenty islands and the adjacent mainland; often referred to as the Venice of the North.

Stockholm is also home to the Nobel Foundation, which oversees the awarding of Nobel Prizes.

Stockholm Sightseeing

Stockholm Card

When you buy the Stockholm Card you get free admission to countless museums and sights; and free transport on underground, local buses and commuter trains.

Visit as many Stockholm attractions as you wish over one, two, three or five days.

The Stockholm Hop-On Hop-Off bus stops at all major sightseeing spots.

Stockholm Sightseeing Tours

Things to Do in Stockholm.

Stadsholmen Island

The Royal Palace was completed in 1754, and there are many churches in Stockholm.

The Great Church of St Nicholas, Storkyrkan, is from the 13th century, and Hall of Nobles, Riddarhuset, is a 17th-century building.

Helgeandsholmen Island

Many of Sweden's monarchs are buried in Riddarholm Church. The House of Parliament is also on this island.

The City Hall, Stadshuset, was built in the early 1900s and there is an open-air museum in Skansen.

Stockholm Museums

One of the most impressive cities in Europe, Stockholm is a buzzing hive of activity with brilliant restaurants and exciting bars around every corner.

Stockholm Museums are right up there with the best; from Abba to Vasa, the most visited non-art museum in Scandinavia, there's plenty of Swedish culture on show in the capital of Sweden.

Where to Stay in Stockholm

Hotels in Stockholm.

Gothenburg (Goteborg)

Goteborg is the principal port of Sweden, being nearest  to the North Sea. Ferries also connect to Jutland, in Denmark.

The city was founded in 1619 by King Gustav II Adolph, and its cathedral, Gustavii Domkyrka, was built in 1633.

The coast road, north to Oslo, is spectacular.

Around Sweden

Most of the Swedish population live in southern cities or around the coast.

Royal Court of Sweden.

The Swedish royal household is the world's third oldest unbroken monarchy.

Royal Palaces and Residences.

The Royal Palace in Stockholm is the official residence of the Swedish Monarch, the Head of State.

This is where the Head of State performs constitutional, state ceremonial and official duties, together with the rest of the Royal Family, who assist the Head of State.

It is also the physical workplace of the Royal Family and their administration.

The Swedish People's Dictionary.

The People's dictionary is initially based on Lexin Swedish-English and English-Swedish dictionary, previously published by the Swedish Language Council.

Every year, the Language Council, Språkrådet – a department within the Institute of Language and Folklore, publishes a list of new words that have entered the Swedish language and is being actively used by the general public.


Malmo is on the Oresund, south of Gothenburg and opposite Copenhagen.

The Malmohus Castle, which now houses Malmo Museum, dates from the 15th-century.

Malmo was founded in the 12th century and remained a part of Denmark until 1658, when it was seized by King Charles X Gustav of Sweden.


Uppsala is the seat of only archbishop of the Swedish church. The Gothic-style brick cathedral was partly burned in 1702 and only partially restored.

Where top Stay in Uppsala

Hotels in Uppsala.


Vasteras was a trade and cultural centre in the Middle Ages; originally called Aros.

The city has a rebuilt 12th-century castle and a late 13th-century Gothic cathedral (built on the site of an 11th-century church) containing the tomb of Eric XIV, king of Sweden.

The Djakneberget is a park with statues of historical figures.

Sweden Travel Guides

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Sweden (Dk Eyewitness Travel Guides. Sweden) The Rough Guide to Sweden (Travel Guide)

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