Located on the Scandinavian Peninsula of northern Europe between Norway and Finland, Sweden has a total area of about 173,732 square miles (slightly larger than the state of California. The country lies just south of the 60th parallel, and as a result, experiences a wide variation of the length of its days. During the height of summer, Sweden sees more than eighteen hours of daylight versus only six hours in late December. With an average of over 1800 hours of sunshine, Stockholm receives more sunshine than Paris, London, and several other major European cities.
Stockholm is the capital of Sweden, stretching across fourteen islands where Lake Mälaren flows into the Baltic Sea. Nearly sixty bridges cross the waterways in this “Venice of the North.” The 37-mile- long island chain of the Stockholm archipelago lies in a north-to-south direction of the east coast of the city.
The area has been settled since around the 6th millennium BC. Evidence suggests that when the
By 1252, the city was officially known as Stockholm, the first part of the word stock meaning "log" in Swedish, although some scholars feel the word may be connected to an old German word meaning fortification. Holm means islet. At this time the mines were an important site in the iron trade. According to the Eric Chronicles, the oldest surviving Swedish chronicles written by an unknown author(s), Stockholm was founded by Birger Jarl to protect the country from sea invasions.
From 1610 to 1680, Stockholm’s population multiplied sixfold, and the city became the official capital of the empire in 1634. Thanks to a set of trading rules, Stockholm held a monopoly over trade between foreign merchants and other Swedish and Scandinavian territories. The Tre Kronor castle, used by King Gustav Vasa after he freed Sweden from the Kalmar Union, burned in 1697 and was replaced by the Stockholm Palace – construction of which did not finish until 1760!
Today, Stockholm is one of the fastest-growing regions in Europe, with the population expected to exceed 1.5 million by 2024. Follow the link to take a virtual tour of the Royal Canal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEz6jLVYz-o.
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Wow! Stockholm sounds beautiful and it's amazing how long it has existed! Thanks for the very interesting post.ReplyDelete