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Since 1983, Sweden has celebrated its National Day on 6 June.
Photo credit: Emelie Asplund/

Heart of Scandinavia

Sweden and our neighbours Norway and Denmark, are very much part of Europe, but at heart we are Scandinavian.

Sweden shares a border with Norway in the west, Finland in the northeast and, like an artery, the Öresund Bridge and tunnel connects us physically and culturally to Denmark in the southwest. Our land border with Norway is the longest uninterrupted border in Europe at 1,619km long. 

Us Swedes talk about our avlånga land or long country, when speaking about Sweden. The reason for this is that Sweden is 1,574km long from the Arctic north to its temperate south and covers three distinct geographic and climatic regions; Götaland to the south, Svealand in central Sweden and Norrland in the north. Norrland, with its long, dark winters and snow-clad forests is the image many people have of Sweden – a cold country. 

But it isn’t really true. 

In Götaland, where you will find the cities of Gothenburg and Malmö, average daytime temperatures in summer average +15C to +25C, and in wintertime the mercury floats around 0C. In Svealand, where the capital Stockholm is located, it might be a couple of degrees colder. And Norrland enjoys short, dry summers. What is special about Sweden though is that the entire country enjoys +20 hours of daylight in the summer months and in the north of the country the constant light of the midnight sun.

What is truly special about Sweden though is our love of Swedish nature and our right to roam in it. Here’s Sweden, the first country in the world on Airbnb.

Getting here

By air

Sweden is served by four international airports; Stockholm Arlanda, Göteborg Landvetter, Stockholm Skavsta Airport and Sturup Airport in Malmö. These airports serve continental Europe, the UK and Ireland and the US.

By land

You can travel overland to Sweden from Norway, Finland and Denmark (Öresund Bridge and tunnel), by car, bus and rail.

By sea

There are frequent ferry connections to various destinations in Sweden from Finland, Poland, Germany and Norway.