Stockholm Facts

Stockholm Sweden's capital

Sweden's capital on Lake Mälaren

Here are some different facts about Stockholm that might be fun to know before your visit. About 1.4 million live in greater Stockholm. Stockholm is on the east coast and is located on the islands of Mälaren next to the Baltic Sea. The city is believed to have developed during the period 1260-1280 and the name Stockholm was mentioned in writing for the first time in 1252.

Stockholm is also often called the "Venice of the North", as many buildings are located by the water and on islands through Stockholm's harbour. Many of the central islands on which Stockholm is located include Södermalm, Kungsholmen, Stora and Lilla Essingen, Djurgården, Helgeandsholmen and Riddarholmen.

Swedish kronor (SEK) and the language is Swedish.

Stockholm was founded in the 13th century

Stockholm's was founded

Stockholm is already mentioned in the 13th century. Stockholm was founded as a city in 1252 by Birger Jarl. The city is said to have received its city privileges on May 1, 1436 and it is then that Stockholm becomes Sweden's capital. But not until 1634 was the entire government moved to Stockholm from other parts of Sweden.

Airport transfer Stockholm

Airport transfer

There are different ways to get from Stockholm's airports. From Arlanda, you go smoothly and quickly with the Arlanda Express to Stockholm Central. Both buses and private transfers run from all airports

Emergency in Stockholm


Call 112 when you need emergency help and when there is danger to life, property or the environment. The emergency number 112 is for those who need immediate help from, for example, the police, emergency services or an ambulance.

114 14 is the number you should call when you have matters for the Police that are not urgent. 113 13 you call in the event of accidents and crises.

Airports in Stockholm

Airports in Stockholm

There are four airports in Stockholm: Arlanda Airport (about 40 km from Stockholm), Bromma Airport (about 10 km from the center), Skavsta Airport (ca 110 km from Stockholm) and Västerås Airport (ca 100 km from Stockholm). From Arlanda, you can travel smoothly and quickly Arlanda Express nto Stockholm Central. Both buses and private transfers run from all airports.

There are different ways to get from Stockholm's airports. From Arlanda, you can travel smoothly and quickly Arlanda Express into Stockholm Central. Both buses and private transfers run from all airports.

Tourist information in Stockholm

Tourist information in Stockholm

Going to the tourist information when you come to Stockholm is good because there you can pick up maps and find out what is current and happening in the city.

There are a few tourist offices in Stockholm, e.g. at Sergels Torg, Djurgården, Central Station and at the cruise ports.

Stockholm archipelago facts

Stockholm archipelago

Not far from Stockholm city are 30,000 islands. The Stockholm archipelago is Sweden's largest archipelago. The city itself is built on 14 islands that are connected by 57 bridges.

On a visit to the islands in the archipelago, you can hike, sleep over, eat well, paddle, swim and enjoy nature.

If you want to make a short visit, you can go about 1 hour by boat or bus to some of the following islands: Vaxholm, Fjäderholmarna, Gustavsberg and Värmdö!

Some islands that take a little longer to travel to include: Sandön, Nåttarö, Möja, Utö, Finnhamn or Grinda.

Boat trips in the Archipelago

We collaborate with Strömma with our boat trips in the archipelago.

Castles in Stockholm facts

Drottningholm Palace

A famous castle in Stockholm is Drottingholm Palace which has been the royal family's official residence since 1981. The castle is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The castle is from the 17th century.

Stockholms mest populära turistattraktioner är många av deras slott. Som tex Stockholms Slott, Gripsholms slott och Drottningholms slott.

Several different museums in Stockholm

Several Museums

In Stockholm there is the world's foremost museum "Vasamuseet". You can see the ship that sank during its maiden voyage in 1628 at the museum today. The ship has been preserved in its condition from the 17th century and is absolutely fantastic to visit.

Another very famous museum is the National Museum of Natural History with its dinosaurs, human development and much else that is fascinating.

See which museums you can visit in Stockholm!

Sweden's government has its seat in Stockholm

Government of Sweden

Sweden's government has its seat in Stockholm and consists of a prime minister and 23 ministers.

The seat of government is Rosenbad.

Bromma Church Stockholm's oldest church

The oldest preserved building in Stockholm

Bromma church is Stockholm's oldest church, built in the 1160s. The great church was built in the 13th century but has an exterior from the 18th century. Riddarholm church in the inner city is the oldest preserved church from the end of the 13th century.

Stockholm City Hall in Stockholm

Stockholm City Hall

Stockholm's city hall is located on the old fire mill site at Hantverkargatan 1 on Kungsholmen. It took 15 years to build the house and it was finished on June 23, 1923.

Stockholm City Hall is the seat of Stockholm Municipality's administration and management. The Nobel party held every year in the Blue Hall is a famous event all over the world.

You can also get married civilly in Stockholm City Hall.
Old Town in Stockholm

Old Town in Stockholm

Old Town on Stadsholmen is one of the oldest parts of Stockholm. The district was formed in 1926. The majority of buildings in the old town are culturally marked.

The oldest streets in Old Town are Köpman Street and Skomakar Street. Here is also Stockholm's narrowest alley, Mårten Trotzig's alley with its 90 cm width.

Every year, a Christmas market is organized on Stortorget.

Avicci Arena i Stockholm

Avicci Arena

Avicci Arena belongs to Stockholm's Silhouette. The big white ball is one of Stockholm's famous attractions. Various events in sports, music, etc. are played here.

The Globe is the world's largest spherical building. The building dates from 1989 and was previously called Globen and Ericsson Globe.