Sweden has everything the average vacationer would ask for. World-class hotels, gorgeous green spaces, and charming and unique seasons, the country is indeed among the leaders in overseas vacations. Being the largest country in the Nordic region, it has magnificent attractions ranging from opulent palaces and ancient cities to vast arctic landscapes. It also features other incredible cultural highlights as well as unrevealed gems worth mentioning. Besides what Sweden is known for, there are other fascinating things visitors probably don’t know about the country. They include the following:
ten There’s an amazing hotel that’s made of ice
Visitors can create interesting memories of a lifetime by ditching the usual hotel accommodation and opting for a unique type of accommodation, an Icehotel. Nestled in the arctic region of Swedish Lapland, temperatures inside the hotel are maintained at -4 degrees Celsius to preserve all of the artwork and hand-carved ice furniture. Don’t forget to bring a thermal sleeping bag, reindeer skins as bedding and warm clothes.
9 Sweden imports waste
Sweden is an ultimate destination for visitors who appreciate well-groomed regions. One of the fundamental cultures of the Swedes is recycling. The country recycles half of its waste and 49% is burned as energy. The remaining 1% is sent to their landfills. As there is not enough waste to incinerate, Sweden is turning to importing waste from Norway and the UK to generate more energy.
8 It is home to the largest lake in the EU
Lake Vanern, the largest in Sweden and the largest in the EU, is about 145 km long and about 106 meters deep. In fact, first-time visitors will think it’s an ocean. The lake has a plethora of beaches encircling its perimeter. Wildlife is abundant in this lake, and the biodiversity is impressive. Visitors can observe many species of birds and some large fish. Other wild animals include sea eagles and snakes.
seven The days never end in summer
Visitors who have never been to Sweden, especially in winter, may find it overwhelming. Travelers will be surprised by the luminous 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 see sunrise around 3:40 a.m., which will set at 10:00 p.m.
6 It’s a two-thirds forest
Sweden is highly 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 each year. In 1994, the Swedish government passed a law giving everyone access to nature. Therefore, all visitors can actually hike, sleep at least one night, and swim anywhere in the country. While in Sweden, visitors will be rewarded with immense outdoor nature, whatever the weather.
5 It has about 100,000 lakes
Sweden is known for its massive natural resources as the largest country in the Scandinavian region of Northern Europe. Among them is the high number of lakes. This is due to glacial activity. With so many lakes, it can be daunting for visitors to decide which one to visit. Sweden’s four largest lakes are Vanern, Vattern, Malaren and Hjalmaren. The area of these lakes is almost a quarter of the total area of Swedish lakes. Visitors can also visit Lake Hornavan, Sweden’s deepest lake.
4 Sweden has a full-scale replica of the solar system
Sweden certainly won’t come to people every time space exploration is mentioned. However, Sweden was ranked first in the world in a fundamental way – it has the world’s largest scale model of the planetary system. Avicii Arena in Stockholm makes a key representation of the sun. So, if you are planning 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 plethora of eye-catching attractions just waiting to be explored. However, holidaymakers hoping to spend their dream days here will need to rethink their schedule to cover at least one-eighth of their itinerary in Sweden, as this country has a total area of 450,295 km. It is bigger than Norway and Denmark.
2 Sweden is an economic power
Sweden is a lovely place to live with its friendly people, outstanding public service and entrepreneurial culture that inspires natives to achieve great work-life balance. However, one crucial thing that most people are unaware of is that Sweden is indeed an economic powerhouse. It is home to renowned companies, especially in the field of 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 presented itself as an idyllic destination for Staycationers. There are several impressive places that tourists should visit. Some of the top-rated hotels to book include Grand Hotel Stockholm, Clarion Hotel Sign, Sheraton Stockholm Hotel, and Victory Hotel.