Sweden is one of the most beautiful countries on Earth. Give it some consideration when choosing your next travel destination!
Sweden is a European country located on the Scandinavian Peninsula, next to Norway. Located between the North Atlantic Ocean and the Baltic Sea, Sweden is known for its many coastal islands, lakes, rivers, moose, and Swedish meatballs. When we think of Sweden, we think of herring, Viking and Nordic culture, sleek and efficient interior design, and impressive educational institutions. Did you know that Sweden’s residents have an exceptionally high quality of life compared to the rest of the world?
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- Visby is the most well-preserved medieval city in Sweden. It is full of historical remains, including the city “ring” wall that dates back to the 13th century, many church ruins, and cobble stone streets. Visby is only accessible by boat or airplane. Every year there is an annual medieval festival complete with tournaments, camping, and an old-town marketplace.
- Old Tjikko “is a 9,550-year-old Norway spruce tree that can be found on the Fulufjället Mountain in Sweden. Historians believe that the Old Tjikko is almost ten thousand years old. Scientists were able to get a rough estimate of the age of the tree by examining the gigantic roots that run underneath the earth.”
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- Sweden’s capital, Stockholm, is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Sparsely populated, Sweden is a nature lover’s dream as there is lots of green space.
- “At the peak of summer, the northernmost region of Sweden experiences a phenomenon known as the midnight sun. This is when the sun doesn’t completely dip below the horizon, creating 24 hours of daylight.” There is another natural phenomenon that occurs but, instead of lots of sunlight, there’s something called “polar nights” where twilight lasts for months on end. This is when the Northern Lights or the “aurora borealis” can be seen and is one of nature’s greatest spectacles.
- According to ancient Norse Mythology, the first two people on Earth were tree logs brought to life by the pagan god, Oden. Sweden is famous for being nearly completely covered in forests: “Every year, 340 million trees are planted.” Not only is Sweden sustainable, but it is the perfect destination for hiking, camping, and tree-hugging!
- “In 1994, a law was added to the Swedish constitution stating ‘everyone will have access to nature according to Allamansrätten (All man’s rights).’ This means that legally, anyone and everyone can hike, sleep for at least one night, forage, and swim pretty much anywhere in the country.”
- Sweden is also home to the Nobel Prize ceremony (funded by Swedish businessman, chemist and engineer, Alfred Nobel). Nobel was an inventor and is most well-known for the creation of dynamite.
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