Hallå och välkommen to the second instalment of our Scent From Series: Scent From Stockholm! Situated where the freshwater Lake Mälaren flows out to the Baltic Sea and spread over 14 islands, the most populous Nordic city is an archipelago where the old and new constantly converge. Stockholm is steeped in sensuous potential and is that marvellous mix of cobbled streets and fantastic facades, of pine trees and pastries and evenings by the hearth.
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The coldest month in Stockholm is January, with average daily lows of -5°C and highs of -1°C. Nordic countries are infamous for their lack of daylight hours in the winter: the sun is above the horizon for only 2 hours of the day in Stockholm from November through January. July is the warmest month of the year, with average daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C. July is also the wettest month in Stockholm.
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As well as meatballs (köttbullar), you can expect to find on a Stockholmer’s smörgåsbord mini sausages (prinskorvar) and cured salmon (gravad lax). And apparently lingonberries go with everything… From pea soup and pancakes to prinsesstårta to shrimp sandwiches, the Swedes do savoury as well as they do sweets. And, we hear, that Sweet Day is every Saturday in Sweden…
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Did you know that, until 2009, Swedish wasn’t officially the main language of Sweden? Today, in Stockholm you can expect to hear 6 officially recognised national languages: Swedish, Finnish, Sami, Romani, Meänkieli and Yiddish.
The Sound of Stockholm
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In 1972, Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad came together in Stockholm to form one of the most important pop groups of the 20th Century: they were, of course, ABBA.
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To say that Sweden is a pop music nation is simplistic, and yet, from the party dance of Icona Pop and Swedish House Mafia to the alt-pop-rock of The Hives, The Knife and The Cardigans when I were a lad, the Swedes have been for decades instrumental to global chart music.
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Stockholm by Number
- Coordinates: 59.3293°N; 18.0686°E
- Currency: Swedish Krona (SEK)
- Population: ~800,000
- Language: Swedish
- Music: Pop (ABBA!), Rock
- Religion: Predominantly Christian
- Temperature: average high of 18°C in July; average low of -3°C through the winter.