Scandinavia's most populous city, Stockholm, is one of the coolest places you'll ever visit. Keep reading to find out what makes it so special!
With a rich history, impressive architecture and an extremely progressive outlook, Sweden's capital is one of the most exciting cities on the planet. Apart from the obvious factors, such as a great quality of life and extremely unpolluted air, here's what sets Stockholm apart from the rest!
1. A city of islands
Founded in the 13th century, the city of Stockholm is comprised today of 14 islands, connected by numerous bridges. No matter where you go in Stockholm, you'll never be far from the water's edge. You can even get around via water buses, which are part of the city's public transport system. These boats are used to reach the Stockholm archipelago, a group of stunning islands just east of the city where both locals and tourists flock in the summer months to swim and explore.
2. Life on the water
Because Stockholm is made up of islands, it's no surprise that most locals have their own boat, many of which are handmade. What makes this city even more special, however, is that anyone is allowed to drive and own a boat without a license. As long as you stay within specified boat size limits, you can freely explore the Stockholm waters without needing any kind of permit, a unique freedom that many locals take advantage of by visiting a different island every weekend, especially in the warmer months.
3. The Nobel Prize
Born in Stockholm in 1833, Alfred Nobel created his namesake prize through his last will and testament, stating that his assets should be used to begin a fund that would award individuals for their contribution to the benefit of humankind. Thus, the annual Nobel Prize ceremony is hosted every December 10th in the Stockholm Concert Hall. The awards are presented by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, although the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded in Norway in a separate ceremony.
4. The Ericsson Globe
The Ericsson Globe is the largest hemispherical building in the world and forms part of the world's largest scale model of the solar system, the Sweden Solar System. The globe represents the Sun, with scale models of planets, dwarf planets, asteroids and other orbiting objects situated in the city centre and the areas north of Stockholm. Visitors can ride a gondola attached to the building that takes them over the roof for a great view of the city.