Sweden is known as the land of Vikings.
Country name: Sweden ( Sverige ) or Kingdom of Sweden
( Konungariket Sverige )
Location: It is bounded on the northeast by Finland; on the east and south by the Gulf of Bothnia and Baltic Sea; on the southwest by the waters of the Oresund, Kattegat and Skagerrak; on the west and northwest by Norway.
Nationality: Swede, Swedish
Ethnic groups: Swedes with Finnish and Sami minorities; foreign-born or first-generation immigrants: Finns, Yugoslavs, Danes, Norwegians, Greeks, Turks
Religions: Lutheran, Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Baptist, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist
Languages: Swedish, small Sami- and Finnish-speaking minorities
Sweden's largest cities:
Örebro is home to large high-technological industries and the largest universities in Sweden.
Uppsala is the capital of Uppland and is also Sweden´s fourth largest city.
One of the Sweden`s oldest settlements, Upsala, on the banks of the Fyrisan river, is also a lively university town. On the last
day of April crowds of students wearing caps parade through the town for the traditional spring season celebrations.
Dominating the town`s attractive medieval centre is the Domkyrkan, Scandinavia`s largest Gothic cathedral. Its vaults, which
date from 1435, contain the relics of Sweden`s patron saint, Saint Erik. The onion-domed Gustavianum, opposite the cathedral, dates from the 1620s and houses the Upsala University Museum. Among the museum`s many exhibits are a 17th-century anatomical theatre and Egyptian, Classical, and Nordic antiquities. Just a short walk away stands the Carolina Rediviva, the impressive university library.
Upsala Slott, the town`s hilltop fortress, was built in the 16th century by King Gustav Vasa, although it was later destroyed
by fire. Now restored, it also houses the Upsala Art Museum. A short bus ride north of the town center, Gamla Upsala is the
site of the Kungshogarna, royal burial mounds believed to date from the 6th century. The Historiskt Centrum acquaints visitors
with the history, legends, and lore surrounding the burial mounds and contains displays of local archeological finds.
From an article by Vasilena Dranchovska. Information about Upsala and other places around Europe: Upsala, Sweden
Stockholm, the capital. The city is built upon 14 islands. One third of the city area is covered with waters.
It's an incredibly beautiful city in the summer, Stockholm is the Venice of Northern Europe. Like Venice, Stockholm is built on
the water with canals and waterways criss crossing the city. Instead of marshland, Stockholm is actually a collection of dozen
if not hundreds of little islands.
Despite the beauty, Stockholm can seem a bet sterile for a big city. Large parts of the city seem to be devoted completely to
either providing working spaces or residences. With a little digging, however, youíll find the city has much to offer.
To get a taste of the real Stockholm, throw away your travel guide and head to the Sodermalm area. Sodermalm predates the modern areas of the city and provides a glimpse into the past. In the neighborhood, youíll find authentic old pubs, hole in the
wall shops selling all manner of strange things and artist enclaves. During the summer, Sodermalm has plenty of outdoor
cafes and a friendly feel.
Linköping is the provincial capital, Episcopal seat, garrison town and a centre of technology and higher education.
Malmö is the largest city in Skåne and the third in Sweden.
Norrköping is the second biggest town with just a few hundreds of inhabitants less than Linköping. Both are major cities in Östergötland.
Images: Left to right. Kungshamn, Stockholm, Fjallbacka, summer resort on the west coast of Sweden.
If naval history is your thing, Karlskrona gives even St. Petersburg a run for the money. The entire city has been designated a historical site and is rife with the naval history of Sweden. Attractions include naval museums, submarines and a variety of
ships from differing eras.
While naval history dominates Karlskrona, the city has much more to offer in atmosphere. The older sections of the city have a heavy baroque style whether for architecture, streets or epic park areas. There isnít anything particular to point out, but it is a
good city to relax in during the summer. If you need a couple of days off from racing around Europe, Karlskrona is a good place
to recharge. Like all of the Nordic countries, Sweden is visually stunning during the summer.
By Rick Chapo