Stockholms stad
CityStockholm (1250)
CountyStockholm County
 - Total
Ranked 251st
188 km²
 - Total (1999)
 - Density
Ranked 1st
3966.4/km² (1st)

Stockholm is the capital and the largest City of Sweden. The City of Stockholm is administratively a Municipality within Stockholm County, with an inner city population of 743,703, and with 1,823,210 including the suburbs and county.

As a capital Stockholm is the site of the Government and the Parliament of Sweden. It is also the residence of the head of state, King Carl XVI Gustaf.

Table of contents
1 History
2 Politics
3 Geography
4 Economy
5 Universities
6 Heraldry
7 Culture
8 Sites of interest
9 Sports teams
10 Notable natives
11 Miscellaneous topics
12 See also
13 External links


Main article: History of Stockholm

The earliest mention of Stockholm in writing dates from 1252, when it was an important post in the iron trade from the mines in Bergslagen. The city is said to have been founded by Birger Jarl in order to protect Sweden from invasion from the sea by foreign navies and stop pillage of the cities such as Sigtuna on lake Mälaren. The first building at Stockholm was a fortification for the purpose of controlling the traffic between the Baltic Sea and Mälaren.


Main article: Politics of Stockholm

The city is subdivided into 18 boroughs, which carry responsibility for primary school, social, leisure and cultural services within their respective areas.

  • Bromma
  • Enskede-Årsta
  • Farsta
  • Hägersten
  • Hässelby-Vällingby
  • Katarina-Sofia
  • Kista
  • Kungsholmen
  • Liljeholmen
  • Maria-Gamla stan
  • Norrmalm
  • Rinkeby
  • Skarpnäck
  • Skärholmen
  • Spånga-Tensta
  • Vantör
  • Älvsjö
  • Östermalm


Main article: Geography of Stockholm

The city is situated on fourteen islands and on the banks to the archipelago where lake Mälaren meets the Baltic Sea. The city center is virually situated on the water. Coordinates: 59°21'N, 18°4'E.


Main article: Economy of Stockholm


Main article: Universities in Sweden

Stockholm might be most well known for the Nobel Prizes and the prize ceremony held each year, but the city also houses the largest concentration of Universities with research and higher education in Sweden.


Main article: Heraldry of Stockholm


Main article: Culture of Stockholm

Apart from being a large city with an active cultural life Stockholm as a capital also houses many of the national cultural institutions of Sweden, inluding theater, opera and museums.

Sites of interest

Main article: Tourism in Stockholm

Sports teams

Sporting events are popular with
football and ice hockey being the most popular sports.

Notable natives

Miscellaneous topics

Pronunciation: Stockholm (/stok'hôlm/,
SAMPA: [stQk"hOlm])

See also

External links

Municipalities in Stockholm County:
Botkyrka  |  Danderyd  |  Ekerö  |  Haninge  |  Huddinge  |  Järfälla  |  Lidingö  |  Nacka  |  Norrtälje
Nykvarn  |  Nynäshamn  |  Salem  |  Sigtuna  |  Sollentuna  |  Solna  |  Stockholm  |  Sundbyberg  |  Södertälje
Tyresö  |  Täby  |  Upplands-Bro  |  Upplands-Väsby  |  Vallentuna  |  Vaxholm  |  Värmdö  |  Österåker

Counties of Sweden  |  Sweden