|Stockholm – Cultural Capital
of Europe 1998
Encompassing fourteen islands, Stockholm is
without a doubt one of the world’s most beautiful capital cities. Magnificent
buildings give way to verdant oases, water and bridges.
Environmental awareness is high in Sweden,
and Stockholm’s streets and parks are remarkably clean. In addition to
being Europe’s Cultural Capital in 1998, Stockholm has also pledged to
be Europe’s cleanest city – a compelling goal. Stockholmers speak excellent
English and many of them speak German and French, too. On the whole Stockholm
is regarded as a safe and relaxed city.
The ground for the Swedish monarchy was laid
by King Gustav Vasa in 1523. The present royal family, the Bernadottes,
goes back to 1818. The family is very popular among Swedes. The family
has its permanent residence at Drottningholm Palace, just outside Stockholm,
but works and receives official guests at Stockholm Palace, the largest
royal palace in the world still being used for its original purpose.
Furs, crystal, textiles, art handicrafts,
and furniture are only some of the great bargains available to shoppers
in the Swedish capital. The largest shopping area in Stockholm stretches
from Hötorget to the Old Town via Drottninggatan, and from Hamngatan,
Kungsgatan and Biblioteksgatan to Stureplan.
WHAT TO DO?
Stockholm is a city bustling with activities
all year round. It has a flourishing night-life and a wealth of cultural
attractions. To begin with Stockholm has more restaurants per capita than
most other European cities. There is a myriad of exciting restaurants with
a wide range of variations. A number of concerts and special performances
are held every week. The program for the Cultural Capital year signifies
a major addition to the city’s broad range of cultural events.
There are more than 70 Museums in Stockholm.
Everything from the great and well-known to the small and odd.
Stockholm is a delightful old city dating
back to the 13th century. A Stroll back in time through the well preserved
Old Town, with its many boutiques and cozy restaurants, is well worth the