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    Welcome to the land of peace and quiet. This is Sweden, the largest of the Scandinavian countries but with a mere nine million inhabitants to manage its vast wilderness. The serene Swedish landscape extends from the southern cities of Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmo, all the way up to the achingly soundless forests of Nordland and its herds of reindeer and elk.

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    Fishing: In order to fish at the 60,000 sites identified by the regional federations, you will require a license. This is sold at a price ranging from SEK 45 (£3.80) to SEK 200 (£17) (based on duration and the place you are fishing) in Tourism Offices, sports shops and online. Nevertheless, fishing is free on lakes Vaumlnern, Vaumlttern and Malar, along the coast of the Gulf of Botnie and on the west coast, between Bastad and the Norwegian border.

    Camping rough: Swedish law allows anyone to pitch a tent (but not a caravan...) on any public land (except on farms and gardens), as long as you respect the rules of propriety: don't make too much noise, do no damage and leave the place clean.

    Sailing: The Swedish love sailing (almost 1 in 8 people own a boat). There are many places to hire boats along the 4,660 miles of coastline, as well as on the lakes. To hire a pleasure boat, contact the local tourism authorities.

    Night trains : if you wish to discover the entire country, travel by train using the Scanrail Pass or Sweden Euro Domino cards that allow you to visit an unlimited number of destinations over a given period. The railway network has ultramodern night trains that travel right to the north of Nordland (panoramic cars, café and movies): a good way to gain time and save a night in a hotel.

    Visiting the cities: If you wish to visit Stockholm, a "Discovery" card grants you free access to 70 museums and tourist sites, the urban subway and bus service, guided boat rides and free parking in the city. You can obtain one from the tourism offices and kiosks.
    The city of Gothenburg also offers the same type of pass. They are available in tourism offices and on the Internet.



    • +The diversity of the landscapes and sporting activities: excursions, canoeing, skiing, fishing, pannng for gold, etc.
    • +With over twenty national parks, Sweden guarantees an untouched natural environment for over 145,0000 acres.


    • -The cost of living: as in all Scandinavian countries, accommodation, food and transportation are more expensive than in the UK.
    • -Although temperate, the climate in the summer does not always allow you to swim on the beach (in the south) and in the north it often rains.

    In pictures

    • Göteborg : Gothenburg, Götaplatsen Square - Sweden
    • Malmö : Malmö, Sweden - Sweden
    • Stockholm : Stockholm, Sweden - Sweden
    • Stockholm : Stockholm covered in snow - Sweden
    • The nature reserves : Sweden's nature reserves - Sweden
    • The nature reserves : Typically Swedish - Sweden


    Lutheranism is Sweden's state religion, with approximately ninety percent of Swedes belonging to the Church of Sweden. The Christian holiday of Christmas is uniquely celebrated in Sweden. Lasting for an entire month, Christmas commences on December 13, Saint Lucia Day, named for Lucia of Sicily who was murdered for her Christian faith in 304. (According to legend, Lucia brought food to Sweden during a famine, centuries after her death.) The eldest daughter of each household, dressed in a white gown, a red sash, and a halo of brightly lit candles adorning her head, plays the role of Lucia each year. Before dawn, she wakens her parents with songs, coffee and buns, and processions are organised.

    For laymen and religious people, Christmas in Sweden is prepared for far in advance. On Sundays, families light a candle on a four-branch chandelier. On Christmas Eve, the four candles celebrate the birth of Christ. All sorts of celebrations take place: parades, traditional markets, concerts and exhibitions.


    Sweden's climate and location are largely responsible for the development of its cuisine. Due to Sweden's large North-South expanse, there are regional differences between the cuisine of the North Sweden and the South.

    The most common dish is the Smörgasbord, a buffet composed of fresh, smoked or marinated fish, rye bread, meat balls, potatoes and cheese. In this land of fishing, you can treat yourself to salmon, trout, perch, pike, herring and eel. Red berries, especially cranberries, are often served plain or in a sauce with venison or meat balls.

    Although Swedish cuisine may not be as popular as that of other European countries, it has been influential. The Russian nation is said to have been established by Scandinavian traders and warriors and Sweden may be responsible for introducing fruit soups, smoked meats, cream sauces, and herring to early Russians.

    Surrounded by water on almost all sides, it is no surprise that Swedes love seafood, especially salmon, which is typically smoked, marinated, or cured with dill and salt. Herring, another popular catch, is prepared in just as many ways, and is often eaten alongside bread, cheese, and eggs for breakfast. Crayfish and eel are also popular.

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    Renowned for its interior design (like Ikea), Sweden is also the land of glassware, pewterware, jewellery and handicrafts. In Stockholm, take a look at the department stores, namely NK, Ahlens and PUB.

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