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Thursday 24th April
Sweden Facts
The far north of Sweden is sometimes called "the land of the midnight sun". During midsummer the sky becomes light again once twilight has been reached.

In the winter, the arctic north of Sweden experiences the display of the Aurora Borealis (the Northern Lights).

Mount Kebne in the Kebnekaise mountain range is Sweden's highest mountain (2,111 m).

Bronze Age burial cairns can be seen in Skuleskogen National Park.

The Laponian area in the Arctic Circle, in northern Sweden, is home to the Saami people. The Saami live the traditional lifestyle of tending reindeer herds.

Gammelstad, at the head of the Gulf of Bothnia, is a well preserved example of a Swedish church town. It has over four hundred wooden houses that provided lodgings for members of the congregation who needed to make long journeys to worship.

Carl Von Linne, known as Linnaeus, was a Swedish botanist and naturalist who lived in the sixteenth century. He introduced the scientific method of naming flora and fauna.

In 1882 Olaf Bergstrom from Goteborg in Sweden founded Gothenburg in Nebraska, USA.

Alfred Nobel (1833-1896), the inventor of dynamite, was the founder of the Nobel Foundation.

The Nobel Prize was partly funded with revenue from Nobel's oil production business in Baku (Azerbaijan).

The annual Nobel Banquet takes place in Stockholm's City Hall.

The final cememony of the Stockholm Challenge also takes place in Stockholm's City Hall.

Stockholm is built on fourteen islands connected by bridges.

Gamla Stan is the old town of Stockholm.

Travelling on the Tunnelbana, Stockholm's underground system, is a cultural experience. Many artists have contributed to the individually decorated stations which display a variety of sculptures, mosaics and paintings.

Kista, in the suburbs of Stockholm, is known as Sweden's Science City.

The Oresund Fixed Link connecting Sweden with Denmark was opened in July 2000. The Link is 15,950 metres - a bridge links up with a 3,510m tunnel on the Danish side.

Sweden is one of the Baltic Sea States. Other members of the Council of the Baltic Sea States are Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia and the European Commission.

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