Welcome to Stockholm, the beautiful capital of Sweden and the home of three prominent universities: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Karolinska Institutet and Stockholm University.
The city was founded in the 13th century and is situated on the east cost of Sweden, bordering the Baltic Sea. With 2.1 million inhabitants, it is the heart of Swedish trade and business life, and is known for its rich cultural history and closeness to nature.
In this blog we’re going to take a look at three things you will experience as a postgraduate student living and studying in Stockholm.
Take advantage of allemannsrätten
Stockholm is situated on 14 islands connected by 57 bridges, giving you sea views at almost every street corner. The city is full of parks and forests areas to explore, and allemannsrätten is your free ticket to enjoy all of it. Allemannsrätten – the right of public access – allows everyone to roam freely in the countryside, pick mushrooms and berries in the forest, and swim or go kayaking in any of the rivers and lakes.
Grab a bite of Sweden
Sweden is known for its meatballs, but there are plenty of other flavours to experience. Stockholm offers restaurants for all budgets, often with discounts for students. Some of the must-tries include traditional dishes such as pickled herring, crayfish and smörgåstårta. In this multicultural city you will also find food from all corners of the world. Dinner parties with fellow students or enjoying a Swedish fika together are great ways to make new friends.
Modern & tech-friendly city
Living in Stockholm, a vast selection of cultural and historical experiences will be available right on your doorstep. Founded in the 13th century, the city is full of historical sights waiting to be explored. Royal landmarks and beautiful buildings aside, Stockholm is also filled with museums covering everything from ABBA and architecture to modern art and technology. Numerous museums in Stockholm are free with no entrance fee for visitors, making culture and history open and accessible to all. The Swedish capital is also considered a world leading city when it comes to music and technical innovations – being the home to acts like Avicii and Robyn, as well as Spotify and Soundcloud, to name a few. You will be able to listen to music in any genre and form, from big arena concerts and city festivals, to intimate club performances. Living in Stockholm will also give you an opportunity to experience Swedish fashion first hand with brands such as H&M, Acne Studios and Tiger of Sweden having stores in many of the city’s malls and shopping areas.
Innovate yourself at KTH
KTH Royal Institute of Technology is Sweden’s largest and most respected technical university. Being a KTH student involves more than just engaging in studies. By choosing KTH, you gain access to a vibrant student life and a prestigious academic environment.
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