With a population of 900 000 in the city, and 1,4 million in total in the region, Stockholm is the largest city of the Nordic countries and sometimes called the capital of Scandinavia.

The eldest part of Stockholm, Gamla Stan, is one of the most well preserved medieval city centres in the world. Stockholm City Hall where the Nobel Prize Banquet takes place each year, is one of Sweden’s most famous buildings, and one of the capital's most visited tourist attractions.

Safe, green and clean

The majority of Swedes speak English and are receptive to international visitors. In general, the country offers a welcoming, multicultural, open and safe society. Stockholm was recently ranked number 4 in the world's Safe Cities Index list 2015.

Although Stockholm has a busy cosmopolitan life, the city is built on islands and almost wherever you go you are met by stunning waterfront views. The archipelago consists of about 30,000 islands and there are plenty of green areas, such as Djurgården, Nackareservatet and the Royal National City Park where Stockholm University is situated, ideal for outings any time of the year. It is this mixture of urban and rural that sets Stockholm apart from other world cities.

Home to 18 universities and colleges

Stockholm, home to 18 universities and colleges, employing 20,000 people, is growing like never before which requires effective and innovative infrustructural development. Stockholm was also the first city to receive the award European Green Capital by the EU Commission in 2010. There are more than 260 elementary schools and over 80 high schools in the city and all education for children up to 19 years old is free of charge.

Research intensive nation

Sweden strives to be one of the world’s most innovative and research-intensive nations. Nearly four per cent of Sweden’s GDP goes towards research and development – one of the highest rates in the world. An active research policy approach has enabled Sweden to acquire a leading position in several areas.

There are 14 public universities and 20 public university colleges in Sweden in total. Swedish universities regularly place highly in global rankings like the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and the Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities, and the research carried out there has contributed to the global success of Sweden’s many high-tech companies. Sweden was ranked third in the world in the 2014 Global Innovation Index (GII).

Innovation strategy for Stockholm

The Stockholm region has presented a strategy to become the world’s most innovation-driven economy by 2025. Through investments in research and stimulation of innovation, the goal is to develop a first-class research infrastructure, with close links between academia and industry, a breadth of companies and firm commitment to the continued development of life sciences and healthcare.

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