The Nobel Prize goes to Sweden
Sweden isn’t just famous for its meatballs (although they are fantastic). Sweden has one of the healthiest, modern societies right now. While Sweden’s north is mountainous and ice-bound, the south is home to many attractive, lively cities like Malmo.
The grand Stockholm is actually spread out over 14 islands and the Old Town (Gamla Stan) is fascinating and magical…you’ll find cobble-stoned streets, cafés, gothic churches and the Royal Palace. The Nobel Prizes are awarded in Stockholm each year…
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- Population: 9,119,423
- Capital City: Stockholm
- Climate: Temperate in south, with cold, cloudy winters and cool summers, subarctic in north
- Time Zone: GMT+1
- Language: Swedish
- Country Code: 46
- Location: Scandinavia, Northern Europe, bordering the Baltic Sea, between Finland and Norway
Sweden may have a reputation as one of the most modern and progressive nations on Earth, but its capital, Stockholm—spread across 14 islands—still manages to preserve its past in resplendent style. At the heart of the city stands the Royal Palace, the magnificent residence of Sweden’s much-loved monarch, king Carl XVI Gustaf. This glorious, baroque-style building, open to the public, houses king Gustav III’s Museum of Antiquities, with over 200 stone sculptures from across Europe.
When a strike shut down the National Hockey League back in 2004, Minnesota Wild fan Georgia Pergakis booked a trip to Sweden to watch one of her favorite players play with a Swedish team. It turned out to be the most eventful trip of her life. To the surprise and delight of her friends, Georgia returned to Minneapolis and announced she had met her soul mate. After a long-distance courtship (thanks to Skype), she and Per-Erik Makitalo were married in Las Vegas three years later.
Have you ever pictured yourself onstage, belting out “Dancing Queen” with the members of ABBA? Visit the Swedish capital, Stockholm, this summer and you can. The Swedish band finally has a museum devoted to its decades-long contribution to the music industry. It’s an interactive exhibition, and if you hear a red telephone ringing on your visit, you should answer it.
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