Sweden is a Northern European country located in Scandinavia and is the European Union’s third largest city. The total population of the nation is about 9.9 million with a population density of about 21 inhabitants per square km. Approximately 85% of the Swedish population inhabits the urban areas of the country. The cities of Sweden are well-developed with excellent infrastructural facilities and the citizens of the country enjoy high standards of living.
The Five Biggest Cities In Sweden
Stockholm is Sweden's capital and biggest city. The city spreads out across 14 islands which are located on the southeast coast of Sweden. The city is also the political, economic, cultural, and media capital of the nation and accounts for one-third of the country’s GDP. Stockholm’s GDP per capita is one of the highest in Europe. The city is also regarded as a global city. Some top ranking European universities like the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm School of Economics, and others are based in this city. The annual Nobel Prize ceremonies are hosted in Stockholm. The Swedish government and many of its numerous agencies are based in the city. The Stockholm metro has well-decorated stations and regarded as the longest art gallery in the world. The Stockholm Palace in the city serves as the official residence of the monarch of the country.
Ranking second among the biggest cities in Sweden is Gothenburg, a city on the west coast of Sweden by the Kattegat. In 1621, the city was founded by King Gustavus Adolphus. The Port of Gothenburg is the biggest port in the Nordic countries. The presence of well-known universities like the University of Gothenburg attracts a large number of students to this city. The Göteborg Landvetter Airport and the Göteborg City Airport serves the city and its people. The Gothenburg Film Festival held in January every year is the largest Scandinavian film festival which attracts more than 155,000 visitors annually.
Malmö is Sweden’s third biggest city and the 6th biggest among the Nordic nations. It is the cultural and economic center of South Sweden. Though Malmö was one of most industrialized towns of Scandinavia it struggled to adapt to post-industrialism. The city has attracted many biotech and IT companies in recent years and has undergone some major architectural developments. Numerous historic buildings and parks are also part of this city.
Uppsala is the capital of Sweden’s Uppsala County and is an ecclesiastical center of Sweden. It has been the seat of the Archbishop of the Church of Sweden. Uppsala University that was founded in 1477 is Scandinavia’s oldest center of higher education. The Celsius temperature scale was invented at this university.
Västerås ranks fifth among the biggest cities in Sweden and is located on the shore of Lake Mälaren in central Sweden. The city has a large number of industries and is also a logistics and retailing city.