Stockholm

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Another card from my pen pal Mikaela. 🙂

Stockholm is the capital of Sweden and the most populous city in Scandinavia, with 905,184 people living in the municipality, approximately 1.4 million in the urban area, and a total population close to 2.2 million in the metropolitan area. The city is spread across 14 islands on the coast in the southeast of Sweden at the mouth of Lake MĂ€laren, by the Stockholm archipelago and the Baltic sea. The area has been settled since the Stone Age, in the 6th millennium BC, and was founded as a city in 1252 by Birger Jarl.

Stockholm is the cultural, media, political, and economic centre of Sweden. The region alone accounts for over a third of the country’s GDP, and is among the top 10 regions in Europe by GDP per capita. It’s an important global city, and the main centre for corporate headquarters in the Nordic region. The city is home to some of the Europe’s top ranking universities, such as the Karolinska Institute, and hosts the annual Nobel Prize ceremonies and banquet at the Stockholm Concert Hall and Stockholm City Hall. One of the city’s most prized museums, the Vasa Museum, is the most visited non-art museum in Scandinavia. The Stockholm metro, opened in 1950, is well known for its decoration of the stations; it has been called the longest art gallery in the world. Sweden’s national football arena is located north of the city centre, in Solna. Ericsson Globe, the national indoor arena, is in the southern part of the city. The city was the host of the 1912 Summer Olympics.

World Heritage Sites in Sweden

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This card comes from Jeanette via Postcrossing. 🙂 It pictures the 15 World Heritage Sites in Sweden. Those are:

  • Royal Domain of Drottningholm
  • Birka and HovgĂ„rden
  • Engelsberg Ironworks
  • Rock Carvings in Tanum
  • SkogskyrkogĂ„rden
  • Hanseatic Town of Visby
  • Church Village of Gammelstad, LuleĂ„
  • Laponian Area
  • Naval Port of Karlskrona
  • Agricultural Landscape of Southern Öland
  • High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago
  • Mining Area of the Great Copper Mountain in Falun
  • Varberg Radio Station
  • Struve Geodetic Arc
  • Decorated Farmhouses of HĂ€lsingland

Stockholm – changing of the guard

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Another card from Arnold’s trip. ❀ It pictures the changing of the guard at the Royal Palace.

The Royal Guard has guarded the Royal Palace and the Royal Family since it was founded by King Gustav Vasa in 1523. During a large part of this time it has also been a police force in Stockholm. Today the Changing of Guard at Yttre BorggÄrden (Outer Courtyard) is a major tourist attraction with more than 1 million visitors every year. The main Changing of Guard takes place at noon every day.