Is Sweden safe to travel to in 2021 and places to visit in Sweden ? Well corona virus has largely impacted Europe in 2020 and it is quite obvious to have this question in the mind of travellers if Sweden is safe to travel to in 2021. Sweden like other European countries has taken very crucial and strict measures to contain and suppress coronavirus . As per the predictions Sweden is going to see a good growth in tourists which will be way too far from expected .
Sweden is part of the geographical area of Fennoscandia. The climate is in general mild for its latitude due to significant maritime influence. Southern Sweden is predominantly agricultural, while the north is heavily forested and includes a portion of the Scandinavian Mountains.
Sweden has 162,707 km (101,101 mi) of paved road and 1,428 km (887 mi) of expressways.Sweden is the sixteenth-richest country in the world in terms of GDP.
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Safe to Places to visit in Sweden in 2021
- Visby, Gotland
- Ice Hotel, Jukkasjärvi
- High Coast
- Kosterhavet national park
- West Coast
- The Archipelago
The area of Lapland was split between two counties of the Swedish Realm from 1634 to 1809. The northern and western areas were part of Västerbotten County, while the southern areas were part of Ostrobothnia County (after 1755 Oulu County). The northern and western areas were transferred in 1809 to Oulu County, which became Oulu Province. Under the royalist constitution of Finland during the first half of 1918, Lapland was to become a Grand Principality and part of the inheritance of the proposed king of Finland. Lapland Province was separated from Oulu Province in 1938. Also read more in Wikipedia
A former Viking site on the island of Gotland, Visby was the main centre of the Hanseatic League (German trading federation) in the Baltic from the 12th to the 14th century. Its 13th-century ringwall and more than 200 warehouses and wealthy merchants’ dwellings from the same period make it the best-preserved fortified commercial medieval city in northern Europe. In 1995, the city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.
During the Swedish summer Mid June – Mid August, Visby is crowded. It is one of the best party cities in Sweden in the summer. Many Visby residents leave during these hectic months and rent their apartments. During the rest of the year, the atmosphere is quite different. Also read more in Wikitravel
With neighboring provinces Halland and Bohuslän under Danish rule, the Göta River used to be Sweden’s only western port, since the 14th century guarded by a fort named Älvsborg.
The city of Gothenburg was founded in 1621 by King Gustav II Adolf, during the height of the Swedish Empire. It was once the center of the Swedish ship-building industry, but with rising competition from foreign ship yards, many of the dry docks closed down during the late 20th century. Much of the inner harbor area has changed from industrial ship building to high technology and education, representative of the general change in the city. Today Gothenburg has both international sporting events, concerts, and conventions as well as a small town feel.
An industrial town, Gothenburg has been a stronghold of the Social Democratic Party. Also Read More in Wikitravel
Ice Hotel, Jukkasjärvi
A hotel constructed entirely out of ice. There are many copycats now, but this is the original. For obvious reasons, the ‘ice’ part of the hotel exists only between November and May. They also offer ordinary rooms in the summer. Not just unique accommodation, but also an ephemeral art project!
Occupying a mix of permanent buildings and seasonal ice structures, this high-concept hotel is 1 km from both the 18th-century Jukkasjärvi Homestead museum, and the Nutti Sámi Siida cultural and reindeer park. Also read more in Wikipedia
It is a city in the Småland province of the Götaland region of south-east Sweden with a population of 60,000 (2007). It is one of the oldest Swedish cities, dating back to the year 1027.
Kalmar Airport is served by domestic flights to Stockholm, while the closest international airport is Kastrup in Copenhagen, Denmark. From Kastrup the Öresundståg train goes to Kalmar in 3,5 hours, costing 419 SEK (242 SEK for people below the age of 20). Also read more in Wikitravel
Österlen is a part of the Swedish historical province of Skåne. The town Simrishamn is situated in Österlen. It’s well known in Sweden for its beautiful scenery and rich cultural life, being the home of a significant number of artists and writers.
The name derives from its location ‘east of the route’ Öster om len (len is short for leden, i.e. route). The descriptive term Österlen is associated with the writings of Nils Lovén (1796–1858) who was a clergyman and university professor as well as an author. Also read more in Wikipedia
The inner city is made up of 14 islands connected by some 50 bridges on Lake Mälaren, which flows into the brackish Baltic Sea, and passes the Stockholm archipelago with some 24,000 islands and islets.
Stockholm is a cosmopolitan place with both classical and modern architecture, and a captivating Old Town, Gamla Stan. Over 30% of the city area is made up of waterways, and another 30% is made up of green spaces. Air quality is fourth best of the European capitals – behind Zurich, Copenhagen and Vienna. Also read in Wikipedia
It is a town in Swedish Lappland, in the middle of Norrbotten County. Jokkmokk Municipality, Jokkmokks kommun, is one of Sweden’s largest, containing a land area of 18,000 square kilometres (larger than many small countries) but no more than 5,000 inhabitants.
Influenced by its inland and northerly position, It’s variety of subarctic climate is very cold by Swedish standards. Summers are normally relatively mild, with midnight sun, and the dark winters are long and cold.
On the first Thursday in February every year, thousands of people gather in the town for concerts, exhibitions and trade in one of the most important social events for the Sámi people in Sápmi. Also read more in Wikipedia
It is in Sami language named “Giebmegáisi,” is the highest mountain in Sweden. Kebnekaise is the highest mountain in Sweden.
The name Kebnekaise is formed from Lule Sámi giebnne (cauldron) and gájsse (high and pointy peak). It was originally the name of the nearby Tolpagorni, worthy of the name, but seemingly there was confusion with the cartographers about which mountain was meant.
The Kebnekaise massif, which is part of the Scandinavian Mountains, has two main peaks. Wikipedia
Birka (Birca in medieval sources), on the island of Björkö (literally: “Birch Island”) in present-day Sweden, was an important Viking Age trading center which handled goods from Scandinavia and Finland as well as Central and Eastern Europe and the Orient. Björkö is located in Lake Mälaren, 30 kilometers west of contemporary Stockholm, in the municipality of Ekerö.
Birka was founded around AD 750 and it flourished for more than 200 years. It was abandoned c. AD 975, around the same time Sigtuna was founded as a Christian town some 35 km to the northeast. It has been estimated that the population in Viking Age Birka was between 500 and 1000 people. Also Read in Wikipedia
The Gold Coast has a mild, sub-tropical climate, with consistent temperatures year-round, with an average high of 29 degrees C in January and 21 degrees in July. The winter months tend to have little rainfall, while the summer has frequent storms originating from the west.
The area is part of the historical province Ångermanland, and has historically simply been known as the Ångermanland Coast. The name High Coast was coined in connection with a 1974 report on the area. The area is intersected by Ångerman river. Close to its mouth it is bridged by Högakustenbron, which since its 1997 inauguration has become a symbol of the area. Today Ångermanland, together with the province Medelpad, constitutes Västernorrland County.
The High Coast is a part of the coast of Sweden on the Gulf of Bothnia, in the Ångermanland province of northeast Sweden, centered in the area of the municipalities of Kramfors, Härnösand, and Örnsköldsvik. Also read in Wikipedia
The area prospered during the Viking Age, leaving a heritage of runestones, graves and monuments, while Lake Mälaren was part of the Baltic Sea. Sigtuna was founded just before AD 1000, as Christianity arrived, and Sweden was united as a single kingdom. With a royal mint and a bishop, Sigtuna was effectively the capital of Sweden until power shifted towards Stockholm and Uppsala in the 13th century. After three fires in the 17th century, Sigtuna was a ghost town for 250 years, revived in the 1910s as a nationalist project.
The Arlanda airport opened in 1960, and has expanded step by step. Märsta, at the railroad between Stockholm and Uppsala, grew side by side with the airport. Also read in Wikitravel
Skåne County, sometimes referred to as Scania County in English, is the southernmost county, or län, of Sweden, basically corresponding to the traditional province Skåne.
It borders the counties of Halland, Kronoberg and Blekinge and connects to Capital Region, Denmark by the Öresund Bridge. Wikipedia
THE ISLAND OF HVEN, THOUGH only 7.5 square kilometers in area, was once a mecca for 16th century scientists and the reason for Denmark to spend more than five percent of its national wealth (an all-time world record). Historically a farming island, Hven was given to the Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe by King Frederick II in 1576 to develop a school and research laboratory. However, some initial tension between the astronomer and the local farmers resulted in a turbulent start to the period of Tycho’s ownership.
After the castle’s completion, Tycho noticed that the tower-mounted instruments were prone to high winds, thereby reducing the accuracy of his measurements. This led to the construction of nearby Stjärneborg (or “Castle of the Stars”), a ground level observatory where the instruments rested in underground pits, covered by shutters or rotating domes. Read More in Wikipedia
Kosterhavet national park
Kosterhavet National Park is the first national marine park in Sweden, inaugurated on September 2009. It is part of the Skagerrak sea and is located in Strömstad and Tanum municipalities in Bohuslän, Västra Götaland County, Sweden.
Experience all the typical species of the west coast, plus a large number of species that have their only known occurrence right here in the Koster Sea. The unique underwater word extends north of the border into Ytre Hvaler National Park in Norway and adjoining the Väderö Islands marine nature reserve in south. Also read in Wikipedia
Sweden’s west coast stretches from Gothenburg up to the border with Norway. Along the coast feast on some of the world’s best seafood, spot seals from a kayak, have a floating sauna and soak in a seaweed bath at a spa.
This was the Swedish West Coast for us. Wild, welcoming and impossibly beautiful.
The West Coast of Sweden is the kind of place where you can explore the magic of Northern summers in its colourful, sunny and radiant best. A place that makes you want to grab life with both hands, run into the sunset, splash into the sea, and never go to sleep – because there’s never enough time to experience it all, and you don’t want to miss a single second of that beauty.
Abisko is a small village in Sweden, north of the Arctic Circle. Just out of town, extending from the southwestern shore of Torneträsk Lake, is Abisko National Park. Surrounded by mountains, it shelters lemmings and reindeer, plus the Lapp orchid. The King’s Trail begins in the park and leads to Hemavan, in the south.
The 425 kilometer-long Kungsleden hiking trail, which follows the Scandinavian mountain range, starts (or ends) at the Abisko Turiststation (consisting of a railway station of the same name and the Abisko Youth Hostel) (approx. 4 km west of the village itself) and follows through the national park. Also read in Wikipedia
The university city of Uppsala lies in the heart of Sweden, 40 minutes from Stockholm and 20 minutes from Arlanda International Airport. Uppsala is Sweden’s fourth largest city. Unique cultural treasures and an exciting history are to be found in the city of knowledge and inspiration. Uppsala has retained its small-town charm while offering a big city’s selection of shops, restaurants, and things to do.
The Fyris river (Fyrisån) neatly divides the city into two different parts: the historic quarter to the west of the river and the administrative, residential and commercial area to the east. Most of the features of interest are in the western part, dominated by the cathedral, and with its old streets, river views and parks.Also read in Wikitravel
Dalhalla is an open air theatre located in a former limestone quarry, and is used as a summer music venue. It is located 7 km (4.3 mi) north of Lake Siljan and the municipality of Rättvik in Dalarna, central Sweden.
The quarry, previously known as Draggängarna, is 60 m (200 ft) deep, 400 m (1,300 ft) long and 175 m (574 ft) wide. It was in operation until 1990. The open air theater was opened in 1995 and currently has 4,000 seats. The acoustical qualities are comparable to the best outdoor stages in Europe.
Dalhalla presents 20-30 events each summer, from June to the beginning of September with a combination of opera, choral works, jazz and popular concerts making up the bulk of the program. Also read in Wikipedia
Founded in 1272 as a fortified port 20 km from Lund. Malmö was for centuries the second largest Danish city while Scania was under Danish rule. It served as a hanseatic port and a very lucrative trade area. Malmö dominated the south as the largest market hub until Copenhagen grew larger during the 16th century. In 1658, as a result of many years of war, Denmark ceded the city to Sweden in the Treaty of Roskilde. After an industrial revolution, Malmö grew rapidly and served as one of the earliest and most industrialized cities of Scandinavia but, until the turn of the millennium it was regarded more as a dull worker’s city against the backdrop of more cultural cities in Sweden. The opening of the Oresund bridge in 2000 reignited the soul of a bustling hanseatic port that had lain dormant for so many centuries.
Today about one third of the Malmö population are from various other countries, making the city the most cosmopolitan in Sweden. This has contributed to a rich cultural life and many exotic and fine food opportunities. The ship building company of Kockums used to be the city’s biggest employer, but today the industrial city of old has been replaced by vast areas of middle-class suburban housing and modern eco-friendly neighbourhoods. Also read in Wikitravel
Åre is a well-known ski resort in Jämtland, Sweden, approximately 80 km from the city of Östersund. The ski lift system is on the Åreskutan mountain with its highest peak at a height of 1420 meters, but the highest lift ends at 1260 meters, so the peak has to be reached by a snowmobile lift. The village and ski area are accessible by bus and train. The nearest airport is Åre Östersund Airport.
At the airport you take the local train to Hell (takes about 3 minutes). In Hell you take the train “Mittnabotåget” direct to Åre Railwaystation, it is worth checking the time of departure from Hell as the train only runs twice a day (in both directions). Generally there is a morning train at around 0900 and an evening train at around 1700. Avoid arriving at Hell station too far in advance as it is far less comfortable than waiting a few hours in a cafe at Vaernes airport! Also Read in Wiktravel
Ystad  is a small but charming city in Scania, or Skåne, part of southern Sweden. It is situated on the south coast of Scania with good beaches west and east of the town, and as a harbour is a meeting place of ship, train and bus connections. It has a new marina and makes a great base for exploring the area, as well as Skåne.
The area was first settled in the 12th century, and the town has an attractive medieval centre, and its coastal position, facing Germany across the Baltic, means that it was closely associated with the Hanseatic League, which it joined in the 14th century. It has a medieval church and many half-timbered houses and pleasant pedestrian streets.
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Ystad hosts a number of festivals and has a decent art museum, plus a number of other museums and attractions. It is known internationally as the setting for many of the novels of Henning Mankell, featuring fictional Ystad police inspector Kurt Wallander. There are regular Wallander tours in several languages, and even free showings of films in the main square (Stortorget).Walk through the old part of the city and enjoy the old half-timbered houses. In the evening eat and drink on the main square or shopping streets, and enjoy the comings and goings of the volunteer fire brigade in their antique vehicles.
Follow the Wallander trails – if you are a fan of the books or films there are many, many references as Mankell based his material on actual places and situations. If this is to be believed there seems to have been a murder or gruesome incident on almost every corner of the town. In reality the police are hardly ever seen, except when parking up to collect a burger order from the stall on St Knuts Torg, near to the excellent Tourist Information office within the Art Museum. Read more in Wikitravel
From the Middle Ages until the end of the Cold War in the 1990s, the Swedish military has had troops, ships and fortifications in the archipelago, for the defense of Stockholm. Today, most facilities are closed down.
The local population relied on subsistence fishing and farming, isolated from Stockholm’s enormous economic progress in the 19th century. During the 20th century, many islands were de-populated, and transformed to summer resorts, with very small population during winter. Today, most island-dwellers commute to Stockholm for work, and enjoy maritime life as a hobby.
Destinations in the archipelago include (but are far from limited to) Grinda, Svartsö, Finnhamn, Möja, Sandhamn, Ingmarsö, Runmarö, Nämdö and Utö. From April through september most of these can be reached either from the city centre or via suburban jetties. The islands offer a wide variety of nature, from the lush green of the inner archipelago to the bare cliffs of the more distant outposts. Some islands have restaurants, youth hostels and country stores, while others are entirely deserted islands. Also read more in Wikitravel