Travel guides: Sweden

Swedish riksdagen

Riksdagen, Stockholm

This contains references to and short reviews of good travel guides and books providing historical information about Sweden that improves understanding and appreciation of the country and its people.

Stockholm

Stockholm

Stockholm palace

Stockholm Palace

billiga hotell

Sweden is a country with approximately 9.4 million people. It is the third largest country in the EU area in terms of area. The Swedes speak Swedish but most Swedes also speak and understand English well. Like Denmark and Norway, Sweden is a constitutional monarchy.

The Swedish Empire was one of the great powers of Europe during the 17th and 18th centuries. In the medieval ages, Sweden was the home of Vikings (from the 8th through the 11th century).

During the period between 1820–1930, approximately 1.3 million Swedes, a third of the country's population, emigrated to North America, and most of them to the United States. There are more than 4.4 million Swedish Americans according to a 2006 U.S. Census Bureau estimate.

Cities: The largest cities in Sweden are Stockholm (2 million), Gothenburg (0.9 mill), Malmö (.6 mill) and Uppsala (0.2 mill.).

Sweden is a gorgeous country, and Stockholm, the capitol, is a city with great natural beauty and with an interesting history. It is over 700 years old and spreads across 14 islands as it faces proudly out to the Baltic Sea. In the centre are Gamla Stan (the Old Town) and Riddarholmen, two islands that together make up Northern Europe’s largest and best-preserved medieval city core, with a history dating back to the 13th century.

Good links:
Visit Sweden
New York Times: An Insider's Itinerary on Sweden's Eastern Coast

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Rough Guide to Sweden The Rough Guide to Sweden Sweden is a wonderful, very interesting and impressive destination, rich on history, beautiful nature, and pleasant, nice people. The Rough Guide has 380 fact-filled pages with good advice on destinations and things you must see, and on the country and its history.
One of the things I appreciate about this guide is that it has a lot of information about the rest of the country - not only Stockholm and Gothenburg. I have spent a lot of time in the southwestern part of the country, which is stunningly beautiful and very pleasant during the Summer, and really appreciated the advice in this guide. A nice book to bring along to Sweden!
Amazon US, Amazon UK
Eyewitness Travel Sweden DK Eyewitness Travel Sweden DK Eyewitness Travel Sweden is a beautiful 360 page book, printed on high quality paper, with stunning images and lots of information. About 1/3 is devoted to Stockholm and the surrounding area - and here the guide excels. This book has one of the best guides to "Gamla Stan" I have seen. It is not equally good on the rest of Sweden, but probably the best choice for a trip to Stockholm! Amazon US, Amazon England
Lonely Planet Sweden Sweden (Country Guide) This good-looking guide, written by Becky Ohlsen and coauthors, is full of excellent expert advice. It is updated from earlier versions and has good, to-the-point and accurate advice. The book has all the information required to plan a great trip, and is small enough to bring along when you go. It includes some inspiring tailor-made itineraries. I especially enjoyed the 15 top experiences section, the Stockholm pull-out map, and how well-organized this guide is. A great value! Amazon US, Amazon UK
Frommer's Sweden guide Frommer's Sweden (Frommer's Complete) Frommer's guides are always good. So is this one. Frommer's Sweden has all the highlights of this beautiful nation: from sophisticated cities to medieval towns, the Gota Canal, summer solstice festivals, and Swedish glass factories, restaurants and theatres. It also shows you to enjoy the best museums, shopping, and nightlife, as well as some offbeat experiences. It has full details on a wide range of hotels, detailed maps, and smart money-saving tips. It's a good guide, well worth reading and bringing to Sweden. Amazon US
Rick Steves Snapshot Stockholm Rick Steves' Snapshot Stockholm The Rick Steves Snapshot series consist of small specialized books. This book is the Stockholm chapter from Rick Steves' Scandinavia book. It has lots of useful information, smart advice about sights, good food and what's worth your time. Shopping, nightlife, sleeping, eating - it is all here. Along with suggested destinations and basic information. And it is small and lightweight - easy to carry. If you only want to go to Stockholm, this may be just what you need. Amazon US, Amazon UK
Sweden: The Nation's History Sweden, Enlarged Edition: The Nation's History, by Franklin D. Scott This book merges military, religious and social history. It covers all the history of the nation since cavemen times, but is focused on the last two centuries. It is one of the best book on Sweden's history.

Using a chronological-topical structure, Scott shows how and why Sweden progressed from times of backwardness to an age of military greatness, through two centuries of cultural development and relapse into poverty followed by a sudden outburst of productive energy and the creation of an exceptionally prosperous welfare state where the ideal is consensus rather than confrontation.

Amazon US
On My Swedish Island On My Swedish Island: Discovering the Secrets of Scandinavian Well-being, by Julie Catterson Lindahl Part memoir and part self-help book, On My Swedish Island combines the story of the author's transformation from urban jetsetter to wife and mother living on a small Swedish island with practical suggestions for living a simpler, more fulfilling existence. It is an exploration of the integral relationship between nature and personal development and how this manifests itself in the Scandinavian lifestyle-from outdoor life and relaxation to design, cuisine, gardening, and herbalism. It has a rich collection of ideas about how we can improve our quality of life with a fresh philosophy that is Nordic-inspired, but can be used in any climate. Amazon US