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It's time to globe-trot again. Here I come Stockholm. This Swedish capital is surrounded by water with the Baltic sea on one side and Lake Malaren on the other. It is a city with numerous reputations: Home of Vikings, Venice of the North, the capital of Scandinavia and home of famous Swedish design. Despite its small size, Stockholm is populated with world class museums and art galleries. Even the Stockholm Metro system, at 110 km long, is dubbed the world's longest art exhibit. Passengers can enjoy all kinds of works of art including sculptures, mosaics, paintings, engravings and reliefs created by over 150 artists from the 1950s until present day.

Stockholm is also said to be the design capital of Northern Europe, and is probably one of its richest cities in both art and design history. To illustrate this notion, the Swedish Society of Craft and Design was founded very early, in 1845.

All good enough reasons for me to hop on a train and head out to explore the many attractions of this Northern gem.

National Museum
It is Sweden’s largest art museum, housing impressive collections of paintings, drawings, installations, sketches and graphic art from the Middle Ages up to present day. For Swedish design enthusiasts, don’t miss the permanent Design 19002000 exhibition which tracks the history of design throughout the 20th century.

* For more information on opening hours and directions please visit The National Museum www.nationalmuseum.se

Nordiska Museum
Outstandingly located on Djurgården island, the Nordic Museum (Nordiska Museum) is the centre of Sweden’s cultural history, but also traces that of the other Scandinavian countries as well.

* For more information on opening hours and directions please visit The Nordiska Museum www.nordiskamuseet.se

SKANSEN
One of the most crowded tourist attractions, The Skansen is the world’s oldest open-air museum offering closer views of the Swedish way of life and its traditions. It features over 150 historical houses, replicas of all things Swedish, from crafts to farmsteads, a zoo with Scandinavian animals and even a fun park

* For more information on opening hours and directions please visit The Skansen Museum www.skansen.se


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