Stockholm stretches across 14 islands on the Baltic Sea coast, offering forests and beaches as well as an urban pulse. The Stockholm region is home to some 1.4 million people, with an inner-city population of 900,000. The capital is recognised worldwide for its commitment to sustainability. In 2010, Stockholm became the first city to receive the European Green Capital Award from the EU Commission.
Stockholm, the Nordic region’s largest city and an economic centre of northern Europe, is one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in Europe and boasts many multinational corporations. Strong industries combined with world-class research make Stockholm one of the most knowledge-intensive and innovative regions in the world. Significant investments are made in research infrastructure in the region.
With over 100 attractions to choose from, the list of things to do in Stockholm can be overwhelming. To make it easier, here are some highlights – big and small, well known, popular and unique, with classics such as the Vasa Museum and modern newcomers such as ABBA The Museum and Fotografiska. For more attractions, please go to visitstockholm.com.
Vasa Museum (photo: Karolina Kristensson, Vasa Museum / SMTM)
The Vasa is the only preserved seventeenth-century ship in the world and a unique art treasure. More than 95 percent of the ship is original, and it is decorated with hundreds of carved sculptures. The 69 meter-long warship sank on its maiden voyage in the middle of Stockholm in 1628 and was salvaged in 1961. Today the Vasa Museum is the most visited museum in Scandinavia, with over one million visitors a year.
Visit Vasa Museum’s website here.
ABBA The Museum
This is more than just a museum. The permanent exhibition is chock full of ABBA memorabilia like stage outfits, instruments, gold records, awards and much more. But it’s also an interactive experience that invites you to sing, dance, mix music and try out virtual stage outfits. You can also record your performance and download it from the museum’s homepage with the help of your ticket.
Visit ABBA The Museum’s website here.
Fotografiska is one of the world’s largest meeting places for contemporary photography. Four unique large exhibitions and about 20 smaller exhibitions are presented annually, and n the top floor café you will find one of Stockholm’s best viewpoints.
Visit Fotografiska’s website here.
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