Stockholm is the largest city and capital of Sweden. It is also the largest city in Scandinavia making it the natural capital of the region. Like its Nordic counterparts, Stockholm is known for its aversion to pollution, scenery, and social-democratic institutions.
Stockholm-Arlanda Airport (airport code ARN) transported 16.1 million people in 2009 on 81 airlines to 176 destinations worldwide. Since 2005, the airport only uses green electricity and now utilizes the world's largest energy storage unit--an aquifer-based heating and cooling system.
Stockholm-Arlanda Airport serves as a hub for Nextjet, Norwegian Air Shuttle, SAS Scandinavian Airlines, Skyways Express, and TUIfly Nordic. SAS Scandinavian Airlines, Lufthansa, and BMI carry out the greatest number of flights from Stockholm.
From the airport, the fastest way into downtown Stockholm is via the Arlanda Express, a high speed train that completes the 40+ kilometre trek in approximately 20 minutes.
Stockholm is home to more than 100 museums including the Vasa Museum (the only 17th-century preserved ship in the world), The Skansen Open-Air Museum (world's oldest open-air museum and also home of the Stockholm Zoo), Nationalmuseum (the most renowned with more than 45,000 objects and paintings), and lastly the Museum of Modern Art (also known as the Moderna Museet).
Walking through the Gamla stan, travellers feel transplanted to medieval times as this city centre is where Stockholm was founded in the thirteenth century and is the location of Sweden's national cathedral and the Royal Palace (one of the world's largest).
Sweden has many culinary delights. The smörgåsbord, a feast of 40 to 100 different plates on one table was invented here. Other Sweden-based delicacies include yellow pea soup with pork and pancakes, Pytt i panna, and boiled crayfish.