Nelson's Scandinavia
Chicago, IL



Tourism in Sweden has increased dramatically in recent years. What can be called "nature tourism" still accounts for most of the travel. Sweden's exceptional natural scenery and enormous tracts of untouched wilderness are a major attraction to the inhabitants of more densely populated parts of Europe and the world. People from around the globe travel to Lapland to experience the magnificent natural scenery and such exotic phenomena as the midnight sun, the aurora borealis (northern lights), Arctic chill and total silence. During the warmer half of the year, people mainly from other countries travel to all parts of Sweden to enjoy the luxury of peaceful solitude in a splendid natural setting.

However, the type of tourism in Sweden that has grown the fastest by far in recent years is big-city tourism. Stockholm has become a world attraction, luring tourists from all over the world with its unique mixture of natural beauty, cultural heritage and modern international urban culture, including its dynamic design, fashion, gastronomic, music, art and entertainment scenes. The country's second-largest city, Göteborg (Gothenburg), is a hub for maritime traffic on the North Sea and also has plenty to offer people in search of entertainment and cultural experiences. Since the opening of the Öresund Bridge, Sweden's third-largest city, Malmö, has joined the Danish capital of Copenhagen to form an exciting new multi country experience.