Cities in Sweden

Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö are popular travel destinations all year round. During the summer months some of the smaller cities are also visited by many tourists, especially if they are situated by a lake (such as Örebro, Jönköping, Växjö) or by the sea (Kalmar, Halmstad, Karlskrona).

Please see our Map of Sweden for exact location of the cities and towns we have covered.

Gamla Stan, Stockholm's old town


As Sweden’s capital is dramatically situated and spread over 14 islands, it is often called the "Venice of the North". Stockholm is not only...
Gothenburg harbour


We have now lived in Gothenburg for more than twenty years. Gothenburg is our new home. We love the city because most of the people...


If you feel Sweden is too Swedish, you should visit Malmö. Malmö is more like continental Europe, with its traditional corner pubs (where there...
Simrishamn in the region of Österlen in Skåne

Simrishamn, the heart of Österlen

Simrishamn, situated at the southeastern tip of Sweden, is the heart of Österlen in Skåne. With its approximately 7,000 inhabitants, the coastal town is...
Ystad in Skåne

Lovely Ystad: Roses, Wallander and half-timbered houses

On our stroll through Ystad, we keep wondering: Are they running a competition - "Make your town more beautiful"? Everywhere we go, we see...

Lund, a city with cathedral, university and a rich historical heritage

Lund is situated in the region of Skåne, approximately 20 km northeast of Malmö. It was founded in the second half of the 10th...

Helsingborg, the centre of Northwest Skåne

When I was a teenager, my parents and I once spent our holidays in Denmark. During our stay we also went on a memorable trip...

Karlskrona, a World Heritage site

The naval city of Karlskrona in Blekinge was designated a World Heritage site in 1998. As a result, the naval port and the numerous fortifications...
Kalmar in Småland

Kalmar, a popular summer holiday spot

The coastal city of Kalmar is situated in the southeast of Småland. With a population of 41,000, it is the third largest city in...
Växjö in Småland

Växjö, the “greenest city in Europe”

Växjö is the second largest city of the province of Småland after Jönköping. It is located right in the southern inland of Småland. With...
Värnamo in Småland

Värnamo in the western part of Småland – Furniture design and lots of nature

Värnamo is situated in the western part of Småland. The town belongs to a region that advertises itself as "Lake Kingdom of Småland" (Smålands...

Vimmerby, Astrid Lindgren’s native town

In Vimmerby in northeastern Småland, it's all about Pippi, Karlsson and Emil, the famous children's book characters of Astrid Lindgren. The town is Astrid...
Jönköping on Lake Vättern in Småland

Jönköping by Lake Vättern

Jönköping is situated on the southern coastline of Lake Vättern in the north of Småland. Jönköping has 100,000 inhabitants (including neighbouring Huskvarna). However, it...
Gränna by Lake Vättern in Småland

Gränna by Lake Vättern – Home of the red-and-white candy canes

Rarely had we seen so many motorhomes in Sweden as we did in Gränna. The town is situated on the south-eastern shores of Lake Vättern,...

Halmstad: Part of the big world and yet very personal

Our headline quotes Anders A. Ekblom, a business representative of Halmstad. During the Tall Ships Races in 2011 we found that this slogan is...
Varberg: Surfer's paradise, health resort, shoe city and an exciting fortress

Varberg: Surfer’s paradise, health resort, shoe city and an exciting fortress

Varberg in Halland has a long tradition as a tourist destination. The popular beach promenade for example is over one hundred years old. It...
Ängebacken at the end of the long Smögenbryggan in Smögen, Bohuslän

Smögen and the Smögen Pier

The small island of Smögen in Bohuslän has no more than 1,300 inhabitants. During the summer, however, the population doubles. Additional several hundred guests...
Örebro Castle


When we went to Örebro for the first time, we only had a vague idea about the city and the region. We knew of...
Askersund by Lake Vättern

Askersund by Lake Vättern

Like Hjo on the western shore of Lake Vättern, Askersund too has a town centre with picturesque wooden houses, cobbled streets and cafés. Askersund...
Rättvik's long pier

Rättvik by Lake Siljan, the birthplace of Swedish tourism

Rättvik is located on a bay of beautiful Lake Siljan in Dalarna. In the south Rättvik borders on Leksand, in the north on Mora....

Tällberg, a truly picturesque village by Lake Siljan

Most of the houses and buildings in Tällberg are painted Falun red. This is not due to legal requirements as once a Japanese tourist...

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Number of inhabitants as of December 31, 2014:

  1. Stockholm 911 989
  2. Gothenburg 541 145
  3. Malmö 318 107
  4. Uppsala 207 362
  5. Linköping 151 881
  6. Västerås 143 702
  7. Örebro 142 618
  8. Helsingborg 135 344
  9. Norrköping 135 283
  10. Jönköping 132 140
  11. Umeå 119 613
  12. Lund 115 968
  13. Borås 107 022
  14. Huddinge 104 185
  15. Eskilstuna 100 923
  16. Gävle 98 314
  17. Sundsvall 97 338
  18. Nacka 96 217
  19. Halmstad 95 532
  20. Södertälje 92 235
  21. Botkyrka 88 901
  22. Karlstad 88 350
  23. Växjö 86 970
  24. Haninge 82 407
  25. Kristianstad 81 826
  26. Kungsbacka 78 219
  27. Luleå 75 966
  28. Solna 74 041
  29. Skellefteå 72 024
  30. Järfälla 70 701
  31. Sollentuna 69 325
  32. Täby 67 334
  33. Kalmar 64 676
  34. Karlskrona 64 348
  35. Mölndal 62 927
  36. Östersund 60 495
  37. Varberg 60 422
  38. Norrtälje 57 568
  39. Gotland 57 255
  40. Trollhättan 56 929
  41. Falun 56 896
  42. Örnsköldsvik 55 248
  43. Uddevalla 53 517
  44. Nyköping 53 508
  45. Skövde 53 134
  46. Borlänge 50 715
  47. Hässleholm 50 565
  48. Lidingö 45 465
  49. Tyresö 45 390
  50. Sundbyberg 44 090

Source: SCB