Stockholm is the capital of Sweden and the central business centre for the country. The city has the largest population in the whole of Scandinavia and is a competitive figure in world economics. As a hub for culture, politics and economy its location has been of vital importance, as it’s situated in a strategic position close to the Stockholm archipelago. The city has also developed a reputation for its beautiful open water and parks.
While in Stockholm make time to visit:
- The Royal Palace: the official home of The King and the location of most monarch events. There are three museums within the palace which is open to the public throughout the year except on public holidays.
- Gamla Stan: as one the most well preserved and oldest towns in Europe the medieval centre has existed since 1252 and is rich in churches and museums. It’s also the home to Stockholm’s cathedral and Royal Palace.
- Vasa Museum: the only ship originating in the 17th century still in existence – the Vasa Museum is the most visited gallery in Scandinavia.
There are multiple transport links operating within the city including the metro, urban rail lines, suburban rail lines, light rail lines, tram links, bus network and inner city boats.
A lot of the city’s transport is run by Storstockholms Lokaltrafik (SL), which provides a simple ticketing system of just two ticket types of either a single journey or travel card. There are three metro lines (Green, Red and Blue) calling at 100 stations in the city. The metro hours are 05:00 to 01:00 with extended night services on the weekend.
Stockholm-Arlanda International Airport is the busiest airport in Sweden and just a 30 minute drive north of the city centre in Märsta town. Stockholm Arlanda is the largest of four major airports in the immediate area and operates both domestic and international flights to major cities across the EU.
There are a few airport lounges available to book in Stockholm providing you with a piece of comfort before or after a trip. These include:
- Finnair: the Aurora Lounge is located in Terminal 2 for Finnair club members and passengers with business class tickets.
- SAS: there are a range of tickets that give you access to each SAS lounge in different terminals.
Direct access into the city centre is available via:
Train – there’s an express service from the airport to the city centre costing SEK 260 and the journey time is approximately 20 minutes.
Bus – buses operate to the city centre every 10 minutes and take around 45 minutes with a single journey costing SEK 79.
Taxi – the average taxi fare ranges from SEK 360-550 depending on car and luggage size. Confirming the rate before arrival at the airport will ensure the best rate.
There are multiple schools of higher education in the city which makes finding accommodation particularly difficult. Stockholm University has 52,000 students as of 2008 and is rated as one of the best universities in the world.
Many of the international schools are provided with part-funding from the government and are ideal for those in need of short term education. Some of the best in the city include Stockholm International School and Deutsche Schule Stockholm.
SEK = Swedish Krona (kr)
The northerly position of the city provides a humid continental climate in the winter months of November through to March. Temperatures rarely rise above 4 degrees and during these months there can be as little as six hours of sunlight. Throughout summer there can be over 18 hours of sunlight and the temperatures throughout the year are mild compared to countries on the same latitude.
Apartments in the area
We highly recommend Sveavagen Apartment if you’re taking a trip to Stockholm. This is a four bedroom property featuring a cinema room, Jacuzzi and complementary wireless internet. This property is local to a metro station, restaurants and bars. The property also has a twice weekly maid service.
Another set of apartments we recommend are the Kungsholmen Apartments, which provide modern interiors, wireless internet and a maid service. These apartments are the ideal accommodation for business travellers.