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Sweden is all about water — view its cities from the lakes and bays, hop between its islands by ferry, cruise the length of the Göta Canal on a historic boat, learn about its grand seafaring history in museums, explore its port cities, dine on superb seafood prepared by chefs who revel in its abundance and quality. Scandinavian design is not a product limited to shop and gallery windows, rather it is a way of life, surrounding you in innovative architecture, decor, furnishings and even the plates on the table. It makes shopping an art, albeit an expensive one. Swedish landscapes vary from the rocky coast to mountains, fells and the ...

Sweden is all about water — view its cities from the lakes and bays, hop between its islands by ferry, cruise the length of the Göta Canal on a historic boat, learn about its grand seafaring history in museums, explore its port cities, dine on superb seafood prepared by chefs who revel in its abundance and quality. Scandinavian design is not a product limited to shop and gallery windows, rather it is a way of life, surrounding you in innovative architecture, decor, furnishings and even the plates on the table. It makes shopping an art, albeit an expensive one. Swedish landscapes vary from the rocky coast to mountains, fells and the frozen tundra of the north, where native Sami people herd reindeer, and you can snowshoe, dog sled and watch the aurora borealis, then spend the night at Jukkasjärvi in a hotel built entirely of ice. Sweden's low hills, country lanes and canal towpath are perfect for bicycling and their rich cultural life makes its outlying villages as interesting as they are hospitable.

Barbara Rogers
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Barbara Radcliffe Rogers has written or coauthored more than 30 guidebooks, including The Portugal Traveler, Drive Around Portugal, City Spots Munich, City Spots Helsinki, City Spots Stockholm, Eating New England, and the Maine section of Thomas Cook's Independent Traveller USA.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Located in northern Europe, it lies between Norway to the west and Finland to the east
  • Language: Swedish
  • Currency: Swedish Krona
  • Research: Wikipedia | Wikitravel