Stockholm is Sweden’s capital and largest city. It is the seat of economic and cultural life of the state. The city was founded in 1253 on the east coast of the country at the edge of the Baltic Sea. The archipelago around the city is markedly diluted. Being located at 20 is very difficult to navigate around the city. Official figures say the archipelago (at the entrance and exit of Stockholm) has about 25,000 islands. Recent measurements (satellite) indicate that there are many more. According to “space counter” data, there are about 30,000 islands (mostly volcanic in origin) that look fantastic. On each island there is a holiday home and a boat mooring. Stockholm’s climate is much more comfortable than many people think. Golf currents in the southern parts of the state are significantly mitigating winter minuses. 5 degrees below zero is the usual average. 16 degrees above zero is the average for spring. Everyone is waiting for summer. Due to the proximity of the northern pol (mid-May to July), the day lasts more than 18 hours. The sun rises at 3.30 and it sets at 10.30. Winter is the other way around.
Stockholm is the right address for curious people and anyone who loves to travel. People who like to walk the streets of an unknown city cannot be lost here. Everywhere you go you reach a bridge. Each bridge is different. The whole city is located on 20 islands. The downtown area is located on 5 islands. Climbing to one of the out-of-town lookouts will help you quickly understand where you are and how to continue your walk. Downtown is hard to pinpoint. Each island has its own city center. Gamla apartment is inevitable. It’s the oldest part of town. Here you can see how Stockholm originated and evolved over time. There are 13th century buildings, a royal palace, narrow streets and vibrant buildings. Here every shop window is full of wooden horses – symbols of the city, vikings, reindeer, gnomes and other wonderful creatures and animals (symbols of rich Swedish culture and tradition).
The colorful homes now have apartments. There used to be warehouses where various goods were stored. The name “Beauty on the Water” was given by its residents to Stockholm. There is a guard shift every day in front of the royal palace. Visit the Vasa Museum. On the right are ships from the left palace from the 18th century. The ships are on the same schedule as 20 years ago. Rarely does a ship set sail. Their owners park them for sentimental reasons (to invite society for coffee or tea). Mostly they are still. The crew is made up of city officials who take care of the wooden sailing boats as a way of relaxation. At the end of the ship’s alley is a ship that never sailed: Yours. The main exhibit of the Vasa Museum is a warship which, when launched in 1628, sank.
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The board is built by order of King Gustavus Adolphus-Vasa (the most powerful person of the time). The ship was loaded with cannons, which was the reason for the sinking.
Engineers and statisticians forgot to close the openings for the cannon. The board became a submarine after its bow touched the water. It was supposed to be the largest and most powerful ship of the time. After more than 300 years, the ship was discovered covered with mud (which preserved it) and turned into a museum. You can see what the Viking culture was like from prehistory to our day at the Museum of National Antiquities. The Vikings are said to have been skilled warriors and seamen who discovered America 500 years before Couloumbus.
Skansen is a place that can be described as a combination of a zoo and an ethnographic museum. It is located on a hill with a view of the whole city. The Swedes made it for themselves. However, many tourists visit the place. The Swedes brought wooden houses from all over Sweden and from all time periods. There are small courtyards with original buildings and residents dressed in costumes from that period. They live there and are not bothered by the tourists who come every day. Here reindeer and bears are almost domestic animals.
The Pippi Longstocking ”was born in Stockholm. Astrid Lindgren, the author of the novel, designed the character of a strong, long-distance captain’s daughter, who traveled the world with him. The Swedish name is Pippilotta Viktualia Rullgardin Krusmynta Efraimsdotter Langsstrump. Her popularity in Sweden is high because of the fact that antimonarchists demanded that the character of this girl be instead of Karl Gustav XI on Swedish coins.
1912 Stockholm hosts the Summer Olympics. The stadium then built is still in operation. It is located on the shores of Lake Malaren. Young Alfred Nobel (after his father went bankrupt) in Stockholm was selling matches in the streets. Many years later, Alfred Nobel gave the world a dynamite invention that changed history. With a will, he left his earned money to the State of Sweden with the aim of helping people who contribute to the advancement of humanity with their abilities. The Nobel Prize has been awarded since 1901 in the beautiful building of the Royal Academy of Music.
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The advantage of staying in the city center is that it is at your fingertips. Stockholm subway stations are works of art.1950 A subway was opened in this city. People usually have a phobia of such spaces. That’s why architects strive to get details in light and space. The subway stations are clean and tidy. Small art galleries.
The Globe Arena Stockholm is the largest round building in the world. The diameter is 110 meters. The height of the interior is 85 meters. It is made of concrete and steel. There is a gondola that drives to the top of the arena called Sky View. IMB, Ericsson and Electrolux are from Stockholm.
Sweden is a parliamentary monarchy. The average lifespan is 80 years. The literacy rate of the population is 86%. 86% of the population are Protestant while 2% are Catholic.
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