Stockholm, often called the capital of Scandinavia, is built on 14 islands connected by over 50 bridges. The proximity to the water is a distinctive trait of Stockholm, which was founded in 1252 and is the country’s financial and business centre. The old part of the city, Gamla Stan, with its narrow cobblestone streets, is one of the most unique and well preserved medieval city centers in Europe. Some of the most notable attractions in this district are the Royal Palace and the daily changing of the guards, Stockholm Cathedral, and other beautiful churches and museums.
The City Hall, a symbol of Stockholm, is beautifully situated on the waterfront of Riddarfjärden in central Stockholm. It was designated by the architect Ragnar Ösberg in a national romantic style and was completed in 1923. The City Hall houses the city’s central administration and the Nobel Prize festivities take place every year in the famous Blue Hall. The symposium will carry on this tradition of celebration. The City of Stockholm and the Stockholm County Council are our hosts for the symposium's Welcome Reception, which will be held in the Blue Hall on the evening of Wednesday, May 9.
One of the major attractions in Stockholm is the Vasa Museum, built around a ship which sank during her maiden voyage in 1628. The Vasa lay forgotten until 1956 when a marine archeologist discovered the boat and a lengthy and incredible restoration began.
Stockholm offers a variety of outdoor activities and a broad range of shops sell the famous industrial arts and handicrafts such as glassware and ceramics.