Stockholm, Sweden

Which capital city is spread across 14 islands?

And the answer: Stockholm.      

As the capital of Sweden, Stockholm is the largest city in Scandinavia. The city stretches across 14 islands, where Lake Mälaren flows into the Baltic Sea. Known for its beautiful architecture and many bridges, Stockholm is also home to the Nobel Prize Museum, which produces its famous award ceremony each year.

Photo credit: ©Eugenijus Radlinskas/Flickr. 

While Stockholm is far from the largest European city (paling in comparison to Paris, Berlin, and other major European capitals), it's sometimes known as the World's Smallest Big City. Stockholm's spot on the world stage comes from its larger-than-life cultural capital. With musicians, athletes, writers and actors known across the world, superb art galleries, museums and theaters, Stockholm is the largest of the Nordic cities, giving it a unique place within Northern Europe.

Stockholm is completely free of heavy industry, making it one of the cleanest cities in Europe. With parks and green spaces in abundance, tourists often flock to the Nordic capital for its natural appeal as well as its cultural sensibilities. Sometimes referred to as the Venice of the North, gorgeous and historic architecture decorates the city alongside waterways and open spaces.

As if that wasn't enough, Stockholm enjoys nearly 24 hours of sunlight in the summer months. Thanks to its close positioning to the North Pole, summer days are unimaginably long, while the winter is remarkably dark (the sun sets as early as 2:40 PM).

Learn more about the history and culture of Stockholm here.

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