Scandi-chic: Summertime in Stockholm

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Spent 3 nights in one of the most liveable cities in the world – Lured by the promise of that famous Scandinavian summer sun that gives the locals their much coveted bronze hue. Image

We got 2.5 days of great weather and the rest was pretty London-esque. But despite the grey days, I found Stockholm utterly charming and inviting. I rarely want to revisit a place twice, but I’m certain that I want to return to Stockholm.

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Everything just works in Sweden. Transport is easy and convenient. Scandinavian food is all the rage. Stockholm really does live up to its reputation as being the Venice of the North. And Swedish people are annoyingly good looking – all slim, blonde, tanned, healthy looking. No worries about trying to tackle the fiendishly difficult language as absolutely everyone speaks English, including the non-Swedish living in Stockholm, who seem better educated, more polite and well off than other immigrants in European countries.

Yes they pay ridiculous amounts in tax, but look at what it gives them. And yes things are expensive, but less extortionate than in Norway.

The islands around the archipelago are a great environment to explore by ferry and provide plenty of outdoorsy, green escapes from the city.

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The city itself has a great national park and their town squares and cafe lined alleyways in the old town are pleasingly continental.

Time to learn some Swedish and emigrate.

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