39 Facts About Stockholm


For several hundred years, Stockholm was the capital of Finland as well, which then was a part of Sweden.

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Stockholm is the cultural, media, political, and economic centre of Sweden.

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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.

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Stockholm is the seat of the Swedish government and most of its agencies, including the highest courts in the judiciary, and the official residencies of the Swedish monarch and the Prime Minister.

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Stockholm Palace is the official residence and principal workplace of the Swedish monarch, while Drottningholm Palace in neighboring Ekero serves as the Royal Family's private residence.

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Stockholm's location appears in Norse sagas as Agnafit, and in Heimskringla in connection with the legendary king Agne.

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Stockholm developed strong economic and cultural linkages with Lubeck, Hamburg, Gdansk, Visby, Reval, and Riga during this time.

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However, Stockholm maintained its role as the political centre of Sweden and continued to develop culturally under Gustav III.

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New industries emerged and Stockholm was transformed into an important trade and service centre as well as a key gateway point within Sweden.

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From 1887 to 1953 the Old Stockholm telephone tower was a landmark; originally built to link phone lines, it became redundant after these were buried, and it was later used for advertising.

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Stockholm became a modern, technologically advanced, and ethnically diverse city in the latter half of the 20th century.

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Stockholm belongs to the Temperate deciduous forest biome, which means the climate is very similar to that of the far northeastern area of the United States and coastal Nova Scotia in Canada.

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Stockholm Municipality is an administrative unit defined by geographical borders.

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Stockholm has relatively mild weather compared to other locations at a similar latitude, or even farther south.

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Stockholm has an annual average snow cover between 75 and 100 days.

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In spite of its mild climate, Stockholm is located further north than parts of Canada that are above the Arctic tree line at sea level.

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Major Swedish banks, such as Swedbank, Handelsbanken, and SEB, are headquartered in Stockholm, as are the major insurance companies Skandia, Folksam and Trygg-Hansa.

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Stockholm is home to Sweden's foremost stock exchange, the Stockholm Stock Exchange.

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Stockholm University, founded in 1878 with university status granted in 1960, has 52, 000 students as of 2008.

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Biggest complaints from students of higher education in Stockholm are the lack of student accommodations, the difficulty in finding other accommodations and the high rent.

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Martin Beck is a fictional Swedish police detective from Stockholm, who is the main character in a series of 10 novels by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo, collectively titled The Story of a Crime, and often based in Stockholm.

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Oldest building in Stockholm is the Riddarholmskyrkan from the late 13th century.

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Stockholm's architecture provided the inspiration for Japanese anime director Hayao Miyazaki as he sought to evoke an idealized city untouched by World War.

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Stockholm's creation called Koriko, draws directly from what Miyazaki felt was Stockholm's sense of well-established architectural unity, vibrancy, independence, and safety.

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Stockholm is one of the most crowded museum-cities in the world with around 100 museums, visited by millions of people every year.

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Stockholm has a vibrant art scene with a number of internationally recognized art centres and commercial galleries.

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All major magazines are located to Stockholm, as are the largest literature publisher, the Bonnier group.

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Besides the 1912 Summer Olympics, Stockholm hosted the 1956 Summer Olympics Equestrian Games and the UEFA Euro 1992.

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Stockholm hosted all but one of the Nordic Games, a winter multi-sport event that predated the Winter Olympics.

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Stockholm has hosted the Stockholm Open, an ATP World Tour 250 series professional tennis tournament annually since 1969.

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In 2011, Stockholm passed the title of European Green Capital to Hamburg, Germany.

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At the beginning of 2010, Stockholm launched the program Professional Study Visits in order to share the city's green best practices.

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The waters of downtown Stockholm serve as spawning grounds for multiple fish species including trout and salmon, though human intervention is needed to keep populations up.

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Stockholm used to have problematic levels of particulates due to studded winter tires, but by the 2010s they were below limits, after street-specific bans.

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Stockholm is at the junction of the European routes E4, E18 and E20.

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Stockholm has a congestion pricing system, the Stockholm congestion tax, in use on a permanent basis since 1 August 2007, after having had a seven-month trial period in the first half of 2006.

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The results of the referendums were that the Stockholm Municipality voted for the congestion tax, while the other municipalities voted against it.

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Stockholm has regular ferry lines to Helsinki and Turku in Finland; Mariehamn, Aland; Tallinn, Estonia; Riga, Latvia, and to Saint Petersburg in Russia.

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The large Stockholm archipelago is served by the archipelago boats of Waxholmsbolaget.

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