Stockholm – the floating city
Stockholm is the capital and the first largest city in Sweden, home to almost 10% of the total population of the country. This is where the residence of the Swedish kings, the government and the Riksdag are all located. Looking at the map of the Swedish capital, it becomes clear why it is called the «floating city». Stockholm is located on an archipelago of 14 islands in the channels that connect Lake Mälaren with the Baltic.
The first mention of the city dates back to 1252. The successful location quickly turned it into the centre of trade throughout the northern European region. Modern Stockholm is one of the world's largest financial and commercial centres. The almost complete absence of heavy industry enterprises makes the city the most environmentally friendly in the world. It is here that the headquarters of the world's largest corporations are located: IBM, Eriksson, Electrolux and leading banks.
The city has more than eight centuries worth of history, therefore you'll definitely find something surprising here. The most popular places are located in Gamla Stan, which translates as the Old City. Here is the royal palace and its museums: The Treasury, Arsenal, Antique Museum and Museum & the Museum «Tre Kronor». Among the main places of interest that the city guide indicates is Drottningholm Palace, the Vaxholm Fortress, the Town Hall with a 105 metre tower, the Maritime Museum and the «Vasa Museum» with the only surviving ship from the XVII century.
Inner city public transport is represented by a network of bus routes, tram lines, metro and suburban transport lines. Boats and ferries run between the islands.
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