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Sweden

More often than not, Sweden is recognized as among the most excellent countries worldwide. It has a lot to offer as well to travelers enjoying the sceneries. Malmo, Stockholm and Gothenburg are very much brought into line by the extensive open areas and wilds which you can mostly see in the country. Going on a trip here is not cheap but the traveling expenses will be truly worth it, with practically the whole thing served – with luxury taken into consideration.

Geography

Sweden is located in Northern Europe resting in the western part of Gulf of Bothnia and Baltic Sea and gives a lengthy shoreline as well as outlines the east of Scandinavian Peninsula. To its west is Skanderna (Scandinavian mountain chain) that disconnects the country from Norway. In the northeast part is where Finland is situated. Furthermore, the country has marine boundaries with Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Germany, Russia, Poland and Denmark, with it being connected to the southwest part of Denmark through Öresund Bridge.

History

Throughout the 7th and 8th centuries, the Sweden locals were mercantile seafarers famous for their extensive trade. In the following century, Nordic Vikings attacked and destroyed the continent of the European that it reached the Caspian and Black Seas. In the 11th and 12th centuries, the country slowly turned into a combined Christian empire which included Finland later on. In 1937, Queen Margaret of Denmark brought together the Nordic territories in "Kalmar Union". In 15th century a constant conflict in the union and countries slowly resulted to an open clash among the Danes and Swedes. In the primitive times of the 16th century, the final collapse of the union has triggered a long-standing contention between Finland and Sweden on one part and Denmark and Norway on the other.

In 17th century following the victorious wars against Russia, Poland and Denmark, Sweden-Finland came forward as an enormous force. The contributions it made in the Thirty Years War led by Gustavus Adolphus (also known as Gustav II Adolf) influenced the religious and political stability of power. In the year 1658, Sweden governed a number of provinces in Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Ingermanland, and major areas and coastal towns of northern Germany.

In 19th century, the liberal economic power surfaced that eventually resulted to the closing down of union dominations all for free venture. Other updated changes comprised of voting reforms, new laws in taxation, and nationwide military service. In addition, this time period commemorated the beginning of the country's three chief political parties, namely Conservative, Democratic and Liberal parties.

Main Tourist Attractions

Gamla Stan
Nearly all buildings in Stockholm are low-rise and sectioned by water. The city also has a wonderful combination of dining, exploring and shopping choices. You can check out the fine places like T-Centralen located in downtown Stockholm; Gamla Stan, also known as Old Town, with its old buildings and paved alleys; Djurgården, a very peaceful city island and Södermalm, boasting of its large pool of pubs, cafés and galleries.

Gothenburg city offers never-ending shopping, lots of detailed landmarks, appealing café culture and a scenic harbor. You can move around the city either by tram or foot and a lot of your time might be consumed in the central area called Brunnsparken. Another popular place is the Götaplatsen Square as it features an opera house and lots of entertaining attractions.

If you wish to find out about Sweden's Viking traditions, then Gotland is the place to go. Visby town and its prehistoric seaport is the capital of the island. The barricaded Hanseatic town is the largest attraction that features the previous periods' ruined and archaic buildings that rest in the walls of the city and has cherished spots like St. Nicolai, Drotten and St. Lars. The very old St. Maria Cathedral is not to be missed, as well as the historical museum called Gotlands Fornsal.

If you want to enjoy the night mingling with the locals, visit the ever popular Uppsala, a place filled with clubs and bars. It also has castles and churches as well as the three earliest major attractions, namely Uppsala Castle with large paintings and halls, Uppsala Cathedral and Uppsala University.

Uniqueness of the Country

Sweden's exceptional natural scenery and enormous tracts of untouched wilderness are a major attraction to the inhabitants of more densely populated parts of Europe and the world. People from around the globe travel to Lapland to experience the magnificent natural scenery and such exotic phenomena as the midnight sun, the aurora borealis (northern lights), Arctic chill and total silence. During the warmer half of the year, people mainly from other countries of Europe travel to all parts of Sweden to enjoy the luxury of peaceful solitude in a splendid natural setting. The massive regions of unscathed wilderness as well as the outstanding natural landscape of Sweden are the main attractions to the citizens living in more crowded sections of Europe and worldwide. Travelers visit Lapland in order to come into contact with the splendid natural view and striking incidents such as the Arctic chill, northern lights, midnight sun and absolute silence. In the warmer months, people living in other European countries take a trip to Sweden to take pleasure in the lavishness or serene privacy in magnificent natural surroundings.

Culture

The Swedish architecture and design are greatly recognized by their involvement to the functionalist group that presented the world with sophisticated and immaculate designs which we combine with innovation. In the literary world, the country is popular for its revolutionary creation of August Strindberg.

Vilhelm Moberg, Selma Lagerlöf, Astrid Lindgren and Pär Lagerkvist are some of the country's famous writers who are known worldwide. Undeniably, the most commonly respected aspect of its way of life is film. Greta Garbo, Liv Ullman, Ingmar Bergman, Ingrid Bergman and Anita Ekberg are just some of the well-known names in the history of movie.

The must-see festivals in Sweden are The Stockholm Furniture Fair, The Stockholm Jazz Festival, Kivik Apple Market Festival and The Sweden Rock Festival.

Their cuisine was simple by tradition. Potatoes, herring and meat are great factors. Their popular dishes consist of lingonberry jam and boiled potatoes; lutfisk, meatballs with gravy and Smörgåsbord, a sumptuous buffet. Their famous alcoholic refined drink is Akvavit and snaps drinking is very important to their culture. The conventional dry and flat crisp bread expanded in numerous modern-day variations. A fermented fish called surströmming and eel are regionally essential foods in Northern Sweden and Scania, respectively.


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