Sweden has everything a normal vacationer would ask for. From world-class hotels, beautiful green spaces and charming and unique seasons, the country is truly among the leaders in overseas holidays. Being the largest country in the Nordic region, it has magnificent attractions that range from opulent palaces and ancient cities to vast arctic landscapes. It also contains other incredible cultural highlights as well as undiscovered gems to mention. Besides what Sweden is famous for, there are other compelling things that visitors probably don’t know about the country. They include the following:
10 There is an amazing hotel that is made of ice
Visitors can create interesting memories for life by forgoing the usual hotel accommodation and choosing a unique type of accommodation, an Icehotel. Nestled in Sweden’s arctic Lapland, the temperature inside the hotel is kept at -4 degrees Celsius to preserve all the hand-sculpted ice artwork and ice furniture. Guests should not forget to bring a thermal sleeping bag, reindeer skins as bedding and warm clothes.
9 Sweden imports waste
Sweden is the ultimate destination for visitors who appreciate well-kept regions. A fundamental culture of the Swedish people is recycling. The country recycles half of its waste and 49 percent is burned as energy. The remaining percentage is channeled to their landfills. Since there is not enough waste to burn, Sweden turns to importing waste from Norway and Great Britain to produce more energy.
8 It is home to the largest lake in the EU
Vänern, the largest in Sweden, and the largest in the EU is about 90 miles (145 km) long and about 348 feet (106 meters) deep. In fact, first-time visitors think it’s an ocean. The lake has a plethora of beaches surrounding its perimeter. Wildlife is abundant in this lake, and the biodiversity is impressive. Visitors can see many species of birds and some large fish. Other wildlife includes sea eagles and snakes.
7 The days never end in summer
Visitors who have never been to Sweden, especially not during the winter, may find it difficult. Travelers will be surprised by the bright night in the middle of the night. The sun never sets in the far north in June. The days are usually very long as the country experiences less than five hours of daylight each night. In January in Stockholm, visitors will experience sunrises around 8:47 a.m. and sunsets around 2:55 p.m. Tourists planning to visit in July should expect to experience sunrise around 3:40 AM, which will set at 10:00 PM.
6 It is two-thirds forest
Sweden is widely recognized for having more than two-thirds of its landscape covered in trees. Sweden has experienced a dramatic increase in forest assets over the past ten decades. Sweden has a culture of planting 340 million trees every year. In 1994, the Swedish government passed a law allowing everyone to have access to nature. Therefore, all visitors can actually hike, sleep at least one night and swim anywhere in the country. In Sweden, visitors will be rewarded with enormous outdoor nature regardless of the weather.
5 It has about 100,000 lakes
Sweden is known for its enormous natural resources as the largest country in the Scandinavian region of northern Europe. Among them there is a high number of lakes. This is due to glacial activity. With many lakes, it can be daunting for visitors to choose which one to visit. The four largest lakes in Sweden are Vänern, Vattern, Mälaren and Hjalmaren. The surface of these lakes is almost a quarter of Sweden’s total lake surface. Visitors can also visit Lake Hornavan, Sweden’s deepest lake.
4 Sweden has a large-scale solar system replica
Sweden will definitely not come to people when space exploration is mentioned. However, Sweden has been top-ranked globally in one fundamental way – it has the world’s largest scale model of the planetary system. Avicii Arena in Stockholm is an important representation of the sun. So if you plan to spend the weekend in Stockholm, visiting this place should be on your bucket list.
3 Sweden is the largest Scandinavian nation
Sweden has a wealth of eye-catching attractions that beg to be explored. But vacationers hoping to spend their dreamy days here will need to re-analyze their schedule to cover at least one-eighth of their itinerary in Sweden, as this country has a total land area of 450,295 km. It is larger than both Norway and Denmark.
2 Sweden is an economic powerhouse
Sweden is a charming place to live with its kind people, exceptional public service and corporate culture that inspires natives to achieve an excellent work-life balance. But one crucial thing that most people are not aware of is that Sweden really is an economic powerhouse. It is home to famous companies, especially in design and technology. Some prominent companies in Sweden include Electrolux, Ericsson, H&M, IKEA, Saab, Scania and Volvo.
1 Ultimate Country Of Staycationers
Sweden has marketed itself as an idyllic destination for Staycationers. There are several impressive places that tourists should visit. Some top rated hotels to book include Grand Hotel Stockholm, Clarion Hotel Sign, Sheraton Stockholm Hotel and Victory Hotel.