Sweden’s land is divided into two main geographical areas – the north and the south. The northern half is the bigger and gets thousands of visitors travelling there to see the Northern Lights. The best time to see this spectacle in the North Swedish skies is approximately 10.30pm, so some astronomers say. These lights are caused by material thrown off the sun which collide with the earth’s atmosphere. For some breathtaking scenery in the area you need to go to Medelpad and Ångermanland.
The southern half of the country is made up of four different counties – Skåne, Blekinge, Halland and Småland. The country’s third largest city Malmö is in Skåne. Away from the city, there are castles and forests to be visited also. One of the other southern counties, Småland is home to Pippi Longstocking, a Swedish cartoon character and one of the country’s most famous exports.
There are no less than 12 UNESCO sites listed in Western Europe’s third largest country. These include the Hanseatic Town of Visby on the island of Gotland, the village of Gammelstad, Lulea in Northern Sweden on the Gulf of Bothnia and, the most recently listed Mining Area of the Great Copper Mountain in Falun in Central Sweden.
Sweden’s capital Stockholm is regarded as one of Europe’s most beautiful capitals, particularly during the summer months. Built on a number of islands, the city is based around an archipelago so once you visit the Swedish capital a good way to see it is from the water itself.