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Events Guide Stockholm
Folk have lived in Stockholm since the stone age in the 6th millennium BC. It was founded as a city in 1252 by Birger Jarl. Since then, it has grown quite a bit; there are 1 million residents in the municipality, 1.6 million in the urban area and 2.4 million in the metropolitan area. Stockholm is an odd-looking city if you’re checking it out on a map. It stretches over 14 islands on Lake Mälaren that leads into the Baltic Sea. It’s a mish-mash of areas and neighbourhoods that are great to explore. A big plus about hosting an international corporate event in Stockholm is their outstanding English. They’re 2nd out of 80 in the English Speaking Proficiency Index. Plus, it’s the Nordic capital for business, politics, and culture. It’s no small voice on the European and international stage either! Some quick housekeeping before you carry on - the dialling code is +46, and the currency is the Krona (SEK).
Getting Around StockholmStockholm has four airports, and Flygbussarna Airport Coaches connect them all. Flixbus and Nettbus can take you to the city from Arlanda airport. A taxi from Arlanda takes 40 mins, and 15 mins from Bromma airport. But a word to the wise; taxis fared aren’t regulated in Sweden. So prices can vary quite a bit depending on who you ride with. Public transport is well organised in Stockholm. Trams, metro, buses, trains, and ferries are all integrated into one system and one ticket system: one ticket = peace of mind. A single ticket will be valid for 75 mins and will cost you 44 SEK. You can also buy 24 hr, 72 hr and 30-day tickets. Make sure to buy them in advance though, because you can’t buy tickets on board! It’s value for money as well; the metro stations are major tourist attractions. There are more than 90 decorated stations with some exceptional art. So you can enjoy them as you happen to go past, or go out your way and spend the day enjoying it.
The Best Areas to Stay in StockholmYou’re not going to corner us into saying which is the best area to stay in Stockholm. It’s honestly just too hard to choose. To make amends, we created a guide to Stockholm hotels. In the meantime, read our guide to the areas and decide which one suits you best? Gamla Stan Gamla Stan is the best area in Stockholm to stay if you like living in history. Gamla Stan is Swedish for the old town, and that’s what it is. Its medieval credentials are top-notch. It’s as central as it comes, with the parliament and the Royal Palace next door. You’ll also find Christmas markets when the time comes, museums, colourful churches, and magical cobbled streets. It’s all explorable by foot and will leave a serious impression on you. You have to remember that our medieval ancestors didn’t consider street patterns when building their towns. There’s no order, but that just makes it all the more charming. Södermalm Södermalm is Swedish for Southern Island. The City museum, Tantolunden Park and Långholmen Island are just nearby. You’ll find the rest of the city come to explore on the weekend too. This island is the place to be for luxury boutique hotels, nice apartments, superb restaurants, cafes, bars, art galleries, and offbeat shops. The coolest area of this cool area is Hornstull, in the very west of the Southern Island. You’ll find the youngest and coolest of Stockholm’s population here. It’s worth the trip for the free spirit, and independent cafes, markets, bars clubs and gig venues. Djurgården Djurgården is for those that want to indulge in some wholesome tourism and stay away from city life. It’s a location to choose if you’re up for museums, open space, walks in nature, and picnics. The ABBA Museum, Skansen, Vasa Warship and the Nordic Museum are all within striking distance. There are good links to the city by ferry and tram, so there’s no excuse not to visit. Östermalm Östermalm (Eastern City-Borough) is to the northeast of Gamla Stan, just east of the centre. This neighbourhood is for the high rollers. A more elegant and exclusive area of the city would be in an alternate universe. The large spacious parks and museums are the big-ticket here. The Östermalm Market Hall is a must-see. Why not try some reindeer while you are there? It’s also known for the Stureplan nightclub district. The many shops and restaurants will keep you occupied until the clubs open, so at least 24 hours of your stay here is already organised. Norrmalm Norrmalm is the very centre of Stockholm’s mainland. It’s just to the north of Gamla Stan. You can get there on all metro lines from Stockholm central station and easily to the airports. Due to its central location, hotels here can be a bit more pricey. However, you’ll get the Royal Opera House, the National Museum of Sweden, Oceanbus and the Centre for Culture for your money. It really is the best location to get to know the city on a short trip.
Swedish CuisineI think we can all agree that the food at IKEA is very underrated. Okay, we’ll say it: it’s one of the best parts of the trip there. So now imagine trying that cuisine from where it’s actually from. Yes, we’re hungry now too. Swedish Cuisine feels like a secret we can’t believe more people don’t know. Like most northern European cuisine, it’s very potato heavy, which is just fine with us. They also love their meat and really love their fish. Especially pickled herring! Jansson’s Frestelse (Jansson’s Temptation) is a Christmas dish that all Swedes know well. But you don’t have to wait until Christmas to try it! It’s a casserole with creamy potatoes and anchovies. The name comes from Pelle Janzon, a famous Swedish opera singer of the last century and a major foodie. Gravlax, which is dill cured salmon, started life in France. But the Swedes took it, adored it, and improved it. Their modest adaptation? Mustard sauce. It’s a regular guest on a typical Swedish smörgåsbord. Otherwise, it’s served with potatoes and dill. Shellfish season comes in August. Shellfish was originally the pursuit of the upper class from the 1500s. But slowly and surely, it’s become the property of everyone. Crayfish reigns supreme of all the shelled creatures here. If you can make it to a Swedish seafood celebration, they will treat you with a main course of crayfish and lobster. Delicious. On the inverse, traditional working-class food was knäckebröd. Or simply, crispbread. It’s a 500-year-old tradition. It’s a trusty friend to Swedish dishes, or as the base to ham, cheese, or preferably, caviar for breakfast. We’re entering familiar waters now. Meatballs. That reminds us, do we need new furniture for the office? Wait, we’re getting sidetracked. Where were we? Ah yes, Meatballs. Served with mashed potatoes, cream sauce, and lingonberries. Known colloquially – and very adorably – as Mom’s Meatballs. And of course, no Stockholm city guide would be complete without mentioning the famous Smörgåsbord… It’s a Swedish style buffet platter. You’re going to see a lot of familiar faces pop up when you experience Smörgåsbords across Stockholm. Meatballs, of course. Pickled herring, of course. Mini sausages, salmon, potatoes, sour cream, boiled eggs, and various garnishes such as onion, garlic, dill and mustard. But now you’re probably thinking, what about something sweet? We hear you, and we say, Princess Cake. This Swedish delight gets its name from the cake Jenny Åkerström made for Princesses Margaretha and Märtha for their Birthdays. What makes Princess Cake unique is its green colour, and pink sugar rose. The Swedish are also bun crazy. The most popular are Saffron Buns and Cinnamon Buns. Saffron Buns are typically a festive treat. But Cinnamon Buns are a year-round indulgence, most commonly with a coffee (fika).
When to Visit StockholmJune to August are the best months for good weather in Stockholm. What you need to remember about summer in Stockholm is that the sun rarely sets. There are over 18 and a half hours of daylight! The city is a nice mix of both tourists and locals. And there’s so much for you all to do: outdoor festivals, concerts, sports and island hopping. A highlight is swimming right in the middle of the city. Autumn is a strong candidate for the best season because it’s so quiet and peaceful. The leaves are magical, and it’s an excellent time to experience fika (a concept to the Danish hygge). It’s a cosy time to enjoy warm drinks and to take it slow. There is an eye-opening six months of winter in Stockholm. So if you’re going, wrap up warm because it is cold. But don’t let that scare you. The Swedes are cold pros. The city continues at its usual pace, and they have plenty of winter-friendly activities and sights. If you go in December, you’re going to see a host of lovely Christmas markets. There are also many snug cafes to melt into, and you can try a legendary Swedish Christmas buffet, Julbord. If you go from January to March, you’ll get picture-perfect snow. Spring is a funny old time in Stockholm. There’s a lot of sunlight, and it is beautiful. It won’t be hot enough to have a picnic, but it’s worth coming because it’s just you and the locals.
ArchipelagoJust 30 minutes from the city you have an Archipelago of almost 30,000 individual islands, rocks, and islets. It’s a multifaceted landscape of rough and ragged islands, woodlands, sandy beaches, cliffs, and coves. There’s uninhabited land to explore, and ancient villages to get familiar with. The best way to see them is by steamboats. They come out of hibernation in the summer and gently offer you the Archipelago at your leisure. Vaxholm is the spiritual capital of the Archipelago. It’s old and full of pastel-coloured homes. The pier is the ideal place to enjoy ice cream and take stock of this fantastic spot.
Wrapping upThere is nowhere like Stockholm. It’s historically charming but is still as cosmopolitan as any other city. It has a village feel while being a business leader. This Stockholm city guide might seem rose-tinted, but it’s the truth, we promise. It’s a city that puts a lot of stock in comfort and homeliness. And with the superb transport system, it’s stressless. Most importantly, you get the feeling you’re escaping the city when still you’re in the heart of it. They are accustomed to hosting international guests for all sorts of events. So your corporate event is in safe hands when you pick this city. Just remember to pack for the weather!
FAQ for event venues in Stockholm
Stockholm is a hub for biotech industries and is one of the most technically advanced capitals. The International Congress & Convention Association also ranked Sweden in the top 15 countries for the number of association meetings hosted in 2019. Figures aside, Stockholm is flush with beautiful nature and extra-curricular activities to keep international delegates happy and energised during your event.
The average cost for a hotel room in Stockholm is €79 for single-occupancy. It is possible to find budget and high-end accommodation options, though. Contact our City Experts to find the perfect stay for your guests.
Stockholm consists of 14 islands connected via 50 bridges. This area offers both urban and rural areas for you and your team. In 2019, a booming 74,000 guests stayed an average of three nights during each visit. Combined, this brought the total number of overnight stays to 239,000. This refers to all international meetings, arranged by the ICCA and others.
A fun fact: Stockholm is well-known for having a wide variety of castles formerly owned by the land’s Lords and Ladies. Nowadays, you can hold meetings, spend the night, or simply dine in these luxurious spaces. Spacehuntr partners with most of them, so please feel free to ask our City Experts for more info.
Beating other Scandinavian capitals, Stockholm ranked in the top 25 cities worldwide for the number of international conventions between 2017 - 2019. Stockholm came in at number 14 on the ICCA European rankings. There are many different conventions and conference spaces available within Sweden’s capital. There’s tons of choice, so let us know if you need help choosing.
Yes! We have partners in cities such as Gothenburg, Malmö, Uppsala and Lund. Just ask one of our City Experts.