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Thousands of islands make up the Stockholm archipelago, yet just 14 of those islands officially make up the city of Stockholm. Sweden’s capital is a well-apportioned city roughly divided into thirds: one third developed land, one third green space and one third waterways, hence earning the nickname Venice of the North.
Stockholm boldly touts itself not only as the capital of Sweden but of Scandinavia.
It is a global city, a tech and talent hub with the infrastructure and kind of supportive business environment that allows startups to flourish. Skype and Spotify, the music streaming service, are two home-grown examples.
It is also a design leader in style and sustainability. Architecture and interior design are classically influenced and interpreted through a Nordic lens of minimalism and innovation.
The artistic and cultural integrity of the cityscape is protected by a board called the Stockholm Beautiful Council. Its architectural gems include the Stockholm Public Library, often cited as one of the world’s most arresting, and the Stockholm City Hall with its 347-foot tall tower making it one of the city’s most recognizable silhouettes. It’s here where the Nobel Prize banquet is held every December.
The city has some 100 museums and a subway line covering 70 miles that’s been called the “world’s largest art exhibit.” Nearly all of Stockholm’s 100 stations are adorned with sculptures, paintings, reliefs or mosaics. Stockholmers don’t stay underground for long. This is one of the sunniest climates in northern Europe and locals love to soak up every ray. Come summer, twilight is about as dark as it gets.
Waterfront manor houses, apartments in historic buildings, modern villas and terraced houses are among the property offerings in and around Stockholm. Gama Stan, or Old Town, is the city’s oldest area. It is the well-preserved heart with a medieval layout and narrow cobblestone streets. The Östermalm neighborhood is a posh and prestigious area, home to diplomats and executives. Other sought-after areas include the vibrant Vasastan section and Lidingo, an affluent island northeast of Stockholm. Properties are available to international buyers without restriction.