Welcome to Stockholm
Modernity meets tranquility. Trend-setting restaurants close to an idyllic archipelago. Welcome to a city where it is easy to breathe – and to feel your pulse. Stockholm is the capital and largest city of Sweden, built on 14 islands connected by 57 bridges. With few high-rise buildings, Stockholm has a unique landscape. It’s mostly church spires that pierce the otherwise almost unobstructed skyline. Over 30 per cent of the city area is made up of waterways and another 30 per cent is parks and green spaces.
Sweden is one of three EU countries (along with Denmark and the UK) that opted to keep their currency and not use the Euro. The currency in Sweden is called the Swedish crown, or the krona (SEK). Credit and debit cards are accepted almost everywhere in Stockholm. Forex is the place to exchange money or buy SEK. They are found throughout the city at 17 locations, including Arlanda Airport, the railway station, NK department store and the Old Town. They have good exchange rates.
· The official language in Stockholm is Swedish. However, many people in Sweden speak English.
· Electrical sockets (outlets) in Sweden are one of the two European standard electrical socket types, and usually supply electricity at between 220 and 240 volts AC.