Regions in Sweden
Sweden’s three ancient lands, Götaland, Svealand, and Norrland, are further subdivided into 25 provinces, landskap, that constitute the cultural character of the Swedish people.
The provinces are essentially the same as the 20 counties, or län, which are the mid-level governmental units. The municipality, kommun, is the lowest level of government, usually consisting of a town or metropolis and the surrounding countryside, including minor villages. Some municipalities used to have city (stad) privileges and still refer to themselves as such, despite the fact that there is no legal difference. The majority of municipalities have their own tourist center.
Though most Swedes have no strong emotions for their nation, most are patriotic about their region or hometown and enjoy anything positive that a visitor may say about them.
Norrland (Norrbotten County, Västerbotten County, Västernorrland County, Jämtland Countyand Gävleborg County)
A sparsely inhabited region that encompasses more than half of Sweden. There is a lot of wildness near the Norwegian border, with woods, lakes, huge rivers, vast marshes, and towering mountains. Excellent for outdoor activities and winter sports.
Svealand (Dalarna, Närke, Värmland, Södermanland, Stockholm County, Uppsala County and Västmanland)
The center portion of the nation and the Swedes’ heartland, including towns such as Stockholm, Uppsala, and Rebro, as well as a mining and metallurgical history.
Götaland (Blekinge, Småland, Öland, Östergötland, Halland, Västergötland, Bohuslän and Dalsland)
The Geats’ homeland and the most likely origin of the Goths. There are many cultural and historical attractions, ranging from Medieval towns and cathedrals to amusement parks and Sweden’s two biggest lakes, Vänern and Vättern.
Scania (Part of Götaland)
Sweden’s breadbasket and continental gateway, having Danish ancestors.
Gotland (Part of Götaland)
A limestone island with beauty unrivaled on the mainland.
Cities in Sweden
- Stockholm is the capital and biggest city of Sweden, and it is sprawled over many islands.
- Gothenburg (Göteborg) is Sweden’s biggest port and industrial center, as well as its second most populous city.
- Karlskrona is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, having served as Sweden’s naval station from the 17th century.
- Kiruna is Sweden’s northernmost and perhaps most unique city, notable for its huge mine, space flight center, and Jukkasjärvi ice hotel.
- Linköping is the home of Sweden’s aircraft industry and boasts a major university.
- Malmö – The resund Bridge connects Malmö, which has a population of a quarter million people, to Copenhagen, the Danish capital.
- Umeå is a university town in the Swedish province of Norrland.
- Uppsala , Sweden’s fourth biggest city, is a vibrant, picturesque university town with Viking Age roots.
- Visby is the sole city on Gotland, a Medieval commercial center with an outstanding city wall.
- Örebro is a modern industrial city with a magnificent Medieval castle.
Other destinations in Sweden
- Abisko is a national park in northern Sweden.
- Bohuslän is Sweden’s most prolific fishery, with a plethora of marine animals.
- Ekerö is a freshwater archipelago that includes Drottningholm, the Royal family’s home, and the Viking Age town Birka.
- Laponia is the biggest wilderness in Western Europe, located in the Arctic.
- Siljansbygden is a Swedish folk culture archetype in central Dalarna.
- Stockholm archipelago is made up of islands of various forms and sizes.
- Sälen is a ski resort famous for being the starting point for the Vasaloppet.
- Ystad is a beautiful seaside village made famous by the Wallander series.
- Åre – With 44 lifts, it is one of Sweden’s biggest ski resorts.
- Öland is the second biggest island in Sweden, featuring extensive beaches.