About Stockholm, Sweden
Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, encompasses 14 islands and more than 50 bridges on anextensive Baltic Sea archipelago. The cobblestone streets and ochre-colored buildings of Gamla Stan (the old town) are home to the 13th-century Storkyrkan Cathedral, the Kungliga Slottet Royal Palace, and the Nobel Museum, which focuses on the Nobel Prize. Ferries and sightseeing boatsshuttle passengers between the islands. Stockholm is also the cultural, media, a political, and economic center of Sweden. The Stockholm region alone accounts for over a third of the country’s GDP and is among the top 10 regions in Europe by GDP per capita. It is an important global city and the main center for corporate headquarters in the Nordic region. The city is home to some of Europe’s top ranking universities, such as the Stockholm School of Economics, Karolinska Institute and Royal Institute of Technology (KTH). It hosts the annual Nobel Prize ceremonies and banquet at the Stockholm Concert Hall and Stockholm City Hall. One of the city’s most prized museums, the Vasa Museum, is the most visited non-art museum in Scandinavia. The Stockholm metro, opened in 1950, is well known for the decor of its stations; it has been called the longest art gallery in the world. Sweden’s national football arena is located north of the city center, in Solana. Ericsson Globe, the national indoor arena, is in the southern part of the city. The city was the host of the 1912 Summer Olympics and hosted the equestrian portion of the 1956 Summer Olympics otherwise held in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.