Updated: 5 September 2016.
We’re busy trying to restructure our country and city destination guides, including regional pages such as this one, so this page will be populated in a much better way shortly. For now, here’s what we’ve got. Oh, also, check back soon, please! :)
The capital and largest city of Sweden is located in the southeast corner of Sweden, amid a vast archipelago of over 25,000 islands on the Baltic Sea. This cosmopolitan city is a great way to begin understanding the country as a whole. Read more about Stockholm on its city destination page »
Gothenburg is Sweden’s second-largest city, located on the western coast towards the south of the country. The city is post-industrial, and various art scenes and hipsters abound.
Sweden’s third city is situated perfectly at its southern tip, and it is a perfect way to enter and exit the country, being only 35 minutes by train to Copenhagen, or a scenic (but expensive: €46 toll!) drive over the Øresund, or Öresund Bridge.
The central area of the country is quite picturesque, full of small towns each vying to top its neighbor in cuteness and beauty, it seems. Uppsala, the 4th largest city, offers a wealth of calm history, dating back a millennium. Central Sweden is riddled with lakes, and the man-made canals which connect some of them are quite popular tourist destinations in themselves, such as the Dalsland Canal and the Göta Canal.
The north is the cities’ alternative to the “real” Sweden. Lapland is both Europe’s last true wilderness and home to its only indigenous peoples, the Sami. The north is where you’ll experience such wonders as the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights), the “Midnight Sun,” and the eight seasons that the Sami describe.
Sweden is full of world-class destinations, and the cities and towns offer any kind of traveler whatever it is they seek. And an interesting note: Sweden is quite an innovative country, too – Forbes ranks each of its three largest cities on their Top 15 Most Inventive Cities List; Gothenburg ranks at #12, Stockholm is #8, and Malmö is at an impressive #4.