The Swedish capital offers a diversity few other cities can compete with. Whether you’re looking for beautiful architecture, night clubs, museums, cultural events, outdoor sports, restaurants or trendy shopping, you’re likely to find it here. If you’re a concert and festival goer, or into theatre and dance, there’s a dynamic performance scene featuring both national and international artists.

A mixture of rural and urban

What really makes this city stand out, though, is the mixture of rural and urban. One of Stockholm’s most striking features is the presence of water almost everywhere due to the fact that it is built on fourteen islands. Additionally, there is an archipelago consisting of another 30,000 islands, several of which you can visit with the public transport travelcard.

According to a recent survey*, Stockholm is the 10th most desirable student city in the world, and in 2015 The Economist Intelligence Unit rated Stockholm the safest capital in Europe. The Swedes are generally very happy to receive international visitors and the majority speak English.

The culture of innovation

Stockholm and Sweden is also an excellent place if you want to launch an international career. As the country’s buzzing and fast-growing business centre, Stockholm is a great example of Sweden’s well-known culture of innovation. For instance, Kista Science City, which is only a 20-minute train journey away from Stockholm University, is home to 1,100 world-leading businesses and research companies within the digital realm. International brands such as IKEA, H&M, Volvo, Ericsson, Minecraft, Spotify, Skype, and famous artists like Zara Larsson and Abba all originate from our country.

So, what are you waiting for? Challenge yourself and come to Stockholm to study!

*The fifth edition of the QS Best Student Cities, published in 2017.