Updated: Sep 14, 2021
We take you to a beautiful region in northern Europe, named Scandinavia. The term Scandinavia represents the three kingdoms of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. The specific country and city of Scandinavia we’ll be setting foot in is Stockholm, Sweden. Stockholm is the Capital of Sweden, but also of Scandinavia itself, built on fourteen islands around one of Europe’s largest and best-preserved medieval city centers, surrounded by the Baltic Sea. It is the most populous city in the Nordic countries whereas of 2017, 952,058 people live in the municipality. The city is also home to some of Europe's top-ranking universities, such as the Stockholm School of Economics, Karolinska Institute, and Royal Institute of Technology (KTH).
Things to do in Stockholm:
Free Walking Tour: Like many other countries and their cities, you can pay to go on a city tour, but since we're focused on students, something cheap or rather free seems more audience-related. Every day at 10 am and at 1 pm you can gather around at the Gamla Stan train station on the island of Gamla Stan in Stockholm to join the free tour. The tours consist of an approximately two-hour walk around the new city and the old town, respectively. During this tour, the guides will tell you as much history as possible about the city and also the greatest hotspots to visit. After the tour, you are free to give a contribution as small or as large as you'd like to the tour guide for their job. The only thing they ask in return is positive feedback on Tripadvisor or any other social media to spread the word about the tours they give.
Visit a free museum: If you're a lover of art, architecture, history, and culture from near and far Stockholm offer over a dozen musea with free admission, where you can enjoy just that with no price tag at all.
Enjoy Fika: After a long day of walking tours and museum hopping, it is highly recommended to go to a local kondituri for Fika. The Swedish society is known for is having a Fika. Fika is the act of having a cup of coffee or tea with a sweet pastry, such as a Kanelbulle But Fika is also much more than that. It’s about taking time out of your day to pause, relax, and often spend some time with your friends and colleagues catching up and sharing a moment.
Why live and or study in Stockholm?
As of this year on Topuniversities.com, Stockholm was ranked #6 as the best student city to live in. However, living in Stockholm does come at a cost, as it has also one of the highest costs of living, but as an EU student, you won’t have to pay tuition. So, living in Stockholm is worth its high price tag for many!
Stockholm was the first city to receive the award European Green Capital by the EU Commission in 2010. Stockholm has the cleanest air of all European capitals. It’s no wonder since green spaces make up one-third of the city and pristine nature awaits less than a half-hour away.
While it is true that Sweden gets very cold and dark during the winter with some days only six hours of sunlight, it is no doubt that the city will make you feel warm. By just going to a family-owned konditori (Swedish pastry cafe) during Fika you can enjoy a cup of coffee or with a sweet treat, such as a Kanelbulle (cinnamon bun/roll) that will warm you up inside.
After emerging from winter, surviving the dark, and be ready to see the back of snow, Stockholmers are rewarded with spectacular summer days that seem to last forever (up to 18 hours a day).
• The city’s Mårten Trotzigs Gränd Alley is the narrowest in the world – its diameter is barely 90 cm;
• The Nobel Prizes in physics, chemistry, medicine, and literature have been awarded in Stockholm every year since 1901 on December 10, the anniversary of Alfred Nobel’s death. Why? The Swedish-born inventor requested so in his will;
• Craving some art? Head down into Stockholm’s metro stations. It is the World’s Longest Art Gallery, more than 90 of the 100 stations along the 110 kilometers of the track have been decorated with mosaics, paintings, sculptures, and carvings by artists since the 1950s;
• Stockholm has an entire museum dedicated to ABBA. While visitors can get a glimpse at some of the 1970s band’s gold records, wardrobe pieces, and gadgets, the true goal of the museum is to let you “experience the feeling of being the fifth member of ABBA";
• Stockholm syndrome is a condition that causes hostages to develop a psychological alliance with their captors as a survival strategy during captivity. It was named in 1973 when four hostages were taken during a bank robbery in Stockholm.