Did You Know- 25 Fun & Interesting Facts About Stockholm and Sweden

  1. Stockholm is often known as the ‘World’s Smallest Big City’ or the ‘World’s Biggest Small Town’. Find out what a walkable city Stockholm is on our Stockholm Private Old Town Walking Tour & Vasa Museum.
  2. Stockholm’s oldest surviving building is The Riddarholmen Church, a Franciscan monastery built in 1270.

    View of Riddarholmen from the Sodermalm island in Stockholm, Sweden



3. In 1710, a catastrophic plague obliterated about one third of Stockholm’s population.

4. The city became the venue for the award of the first Nobel Prizes, in the year 1901.

City Hall, Venue of Nobel Prize Ceremony in Stockholm

5. Stockholm Globe Arena is currently the largest hemispherical building in the world.

6. The city’s subway is also known as the world’s longest art gallery, with the majority of its stations being adorned with paintings, sculptures and mosaics.

7. Stockholm is the second most visited city in the Nordic countries. Book your tour to the best of Stockholm here: Best of Stockholm Private Tour with Vasa Museum & City Hall Visit.

Stockholm. The famous square Stor Torget in the heart of the Old Town

8. The city is sometimes referred to as ‘Venice of the North’, thanks to its beautiful buildings and exquisite architecture, abundant open water and numerous parks.

9. The total absence of heavy industry makes Stockholm one of the world’s cleanest metropolises.

10. The people of Stockholm are dependent on the service industry for their daily bread, which accounts for 85% of the jobs in the city.

11. Stockholm houses two UNESCO World Heritage sites – the Royal Palace Drottningholm and the The Woodland Cemetery. Book your Private Day Trip to Drottningholm Palace.

View over Drottningholm palace in Stockholm, Sweden

12. During the second half of June it barely ever gets dark in Stockholm during some weeks due to the midnight sun. 

13. A traditional and famous dish of Sweden is Swedish meatballs, served with gravy, boiled potatoes and lingonberry jam.

Traditional lingonberry jam in Sweden

14. Did you know what a Swedish crayfish party is? A traditional summer eating and drinking celebration in August involving boiled crayfish served with boiled potatoes and dill.

15. Ice hockey and soccer are Sweden’s main sports, other popular sports include handball, golf, gymnastics, athletics and cross country skiing.

16. Sweden has given the world some of the greatest pop bands and singers, including Abba, The Cardigans and Roxette.

17. Pippi Longstocking is also Swedish.

18. The astronomical lens is a Swedish invention.

19. The world-famous discount furniture chain IKEA was founded in Sweden in 1943.

20. Happy Hour in Sweden is called “After Work.”

21. Swedes have the longest life expectancy in Europe.

22. At the height of its empire, Sweden built a large warship The Vasa to symbolize its power. It was so big and heavy that on its maiden voyage in 1628, it sank less than a mile out of dock.

Book your visit to Vasa Museum here: Stockholm Private Old Town Walking Tour & Vasa Museum.

Famous ancient reconstructed Vasa vessel in Stockholm, Sweden

23. On Easter, children dress up as witches and go trick-or-treating.

24. The first ice hotel of the world was built near the village of Jukkasjärvi, Sweden.

25. Sweden has a long and interesting history, magnificent architecture, friendly people, and stunning landscape make it one of the countries in the world one can never tire of returning to.


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Visit the World´s 7th Most Popular Museum, The Vasa Museum in Stockholm with Nordic Experience

Visit the World´s 7th Most Popular Museum in Stockholm, Sweden with Nordic Experience- Vasa Museum, From Wreck to State of The Art.

To visit the Vasa Museum book your tour here:  Best of Stockholm Private Tour with Vasa Museum & City Hall Visit.

Famous ancient reconstructed Vasa vessel in Stockholm, Sweden


TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site, announced its 2015 Travellers’ Choice awards for museums around the globe as well as top tips from contributors for visiting museums.

In total, 591 winners were identified, including the top 25 in the world and dedicated lists for Asia, Canada, Europe, India, South America, South Pacific, the U.K. and the U.S. The awards are based on the millions of valuable reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travellers worldwide. Award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews for museums around the world, gathered over a 12-month period.

“Honoring nearly 600 institutions worldwide, the Travellers’ Choice awards have recognized the favorite museums that serve as cultural treasure troves for our community of millions,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “These world-class museums provide an enriching experience that can be both inspiring and educational for travelers around the globe.”

Top 10 Travellers’ Choice Museums in the World

The Metropolitan Museum of Art– New York City, New York
Musee d’Orsay– Paris, France
Art Institute of Chicago– Chicago, Illinois
Museo Nacional del Prado– Madrid, Spain
Musee du Louvre– Paris, France
State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace– St. Petersburg, Russia
National Gallery– London, England
The Rijksmuseum (National Museum)– Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Vasa Museum– Stockholm, Sweden
National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia)– Mexico City, Mexico


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