Bordered by Norway and Finland and connected to Denmark by a seriously impressive trans-national bridge, the Scandinavian country of Sweden oozes culture and a laid-back approach to life. Thousands of islands dot the coastline, many of which can only be accessed by boat. On the mainland, Gothenburg, Malmo and Stockholm are the principle cities, all of which sit in a privileged position on the coast, enjoying beautiful harbours and seaside promenades and the country itself is known worldwide for its successful exports, from the likes of IKEA and Volvo to the much-loved band, ABBA.
From the forest-covered north to the archipelagos of the south, Sweden is impeccably designed, with well-made, practical and aesthetically pleasing architecture and incredibly clean and tidy streets and public places.
Outside of the big cities, nature prevails in all its glory, thanks to a pleasantly varied climate. In Sweden you are never far from quaint island villages, dense forests, quiet beaches or crystal clear lakes, making it the perfect place to enjoy a plethora of outdoor pursuits, from sailing to hiking. Cafe culture is alive throughout the cities, and the ancient traditions and folklore of the Viking age is still evident with relics from the past dotted around the country in museums and archeological sites.