Stockholm is the capital and the largest city of Sweden.
The city of Stockholm is administratively a municipality within the County of Stockholm, with an inner city population of 743,703, and with 1,823,210 including the suburbs and county.
As a capital Stockholm is the site of the Government and the Parliament of Sweden.
It is also the residence of the head of state, King Carl XVI Gustaf.
Population; (1999) 743,703
The earliest mention of Stockholm in writing dates from 1252, when it was an important post in the iron trade from the mines in Bergslagen.
The city is said to have been founded by Birger Jarl in order to protect Sweden from invasion from the sea by foreign navies and stop pillage of the cities such as Sigtuna on lake Malaren.
The first building at Stockholm was a fortification for the purpose of controlling the traffic between the Baltic Sea and Malaren.
The city is situated on fourteen islands and on the banks to the archipelago where lake Malaren meets the Baltic Sea.
The city centre is virtually situated on the water.
Co-ordinates: 59°21'N, 18°4'E.
Stockholm might be most well known for the Nobel Prizes and the prize ceremony held each year, but the city is also houses the largest concentration of Universities with research and higher education in Sweden.
Stockholm University, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm School of Economics, Karolinska Institute, Royal College of Music, Royal College of Fine Arts, University College of Film, Radio, Television and Theatre, University College of Arts, Crafts and Design University College of Opera, University College of Music Education, University College of Dance, University College of South Stockholm.
Apart from being a large city with an active cultural life Stockholm as a capital also houses a many of the national cultural institutions of Sweden, including theatre, opera and museums.
Sites of interest
Gamla Stan, Djurgarden, Gröna Lund, Norrmalmstorg, Sergels Torg.
Sporting events are popular with football and ice hockey being the most popular sports.
For a more information about Stockholm see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This page was retrieved and condensed from (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stockholm) December 2003
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