Saturday, October 21, 2006

Places you should know: Sweden


Sweden is a small but oblong country; therefore we have various geography and climate. We have warm and sunny summers, colourfull and rainy falls, cold and snowy winters and green and dazzling springs. Sweden is a constitutional monarchy; the royal family has no real power when it is the government that rules the nation.


In the north of Sweden we have mountains and a colder climate in the winter. I really think that you should visit the Ice hotel in Jukkasjärvi. It is a hotel, church and bar all made of ice with fantastic segment of art and design. In the north you also can see the northen light (Aurora Borealis) at night if you are lucky.


Of course you have to visit our beautiful capital Stockholm, situated in a marvellous archipelago! It is a cool city of shopping, nightlife, restaurants and culture. I really think you should visit the big open-air museum Skansen which reflects the historical Sweden. It is best at Christmas time (especially St. Lucia day) or Midsummer time, two of the biggest traditional festivals in Sweden.


The Swedish west coast is beautiful in the summer, especially the numerous harbours, cliffs and exquisite seafood. I can also recommend you to visit the second largest city of Sweden, Gothenburg, and their huge amusement park Liseberg.


The third biggest city of my country is Malmö, a city with a great mix of different cultures. You have to visit the Turning Torso, which is a building with an impressive architecture. Malmö is called the city of parks and is now connected with Copenhagen (capital of Denmark) due to the Oresund Bridge.


The biggest island of Sweden is Gotland, which where a big trade centre for in former times. That is why Gotland is arranging the medieval week every summer in August, a great event to visit! The nature is unique with several caves and typical sea-stacks called "raukar". In Gotland’s “capital” Visby, the city of roses, was the movie about Pippi Longstocking also recorded.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Irene said...

Oh.. The Ice Hotel... Hopefully I can experience it one day but doubt that will be any sooner LOL...

1:44 PM  
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1:53 PM  
Blogger Aurora said...

I've never been at the Ice Hotel either :(

1:55 PM  
Blogger Rebelde said...

the first time i read about the ice hotel i thought it was a joke. Coming from a country at the edge of Caribbean Sea, the idea of a hotel made of ice seemed a little bit crazy to me but I was fascinated when I learned it actually exists.

I would love to see it, specially because of the artistic side of the whole concept, but I'm not sure I'd survive a night at -5 °C unless I had the swedish bikini team with me :)

1:25 AM  
Blogger Aurora said...

:) The bikiniteam again?! All swedish girls are not blond with great bodies and they are not wearing bikinis all day long ;) And polar bears does not exist in Sweden ;)

8:54 AM  

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