Stockholm, as the second most visited city in the Nordic countries, is the largest city and the capital of Sweden. Some people call this city as “Venice of the North,” because it is situated on 14 islands, which are connected by 57 bridges. Stockholm is a safe city by international standards, but the most amount of crimes are against tourist (pick-pocketing, bicycle theft, auto theft, and auto vandalism). This city is the cultural, political, economic center of Sweden with good quality of research and higher education. There are over 1000 restaurants and more than 100 museums in Stockholm.
most visited city in the Nordic countries
Stockholm is built on 14 islands connected by 57 bridges
In Stockholm, you are free to choose a doctor (medical specialist or general practitioner). You can also choose a place where to get the treatment. There are 14 hospitals and a lot of doctor's practices in Stockholm. There is one interesting fact that the maximum cost for visits to a doctor is SEK 1,100 for a year (so if it is more, you don't have to pay). Almost all the medical staff in Stockholm speaks English, but if you need an interpreter he/she can be given to you free of charge.
Medications are provided by pharmacies in Stockholm. The maximum cost for prescription medication is SEK 2,200 for a year.
Public insurance is compulsory in Sweden for providing equal access to healthcare services. Private insurance is quite low in the country with 10% of the population covered. But this percent is becoming higher every year because the average waiting time for specialist treatment (due to public insurance) is near 35 days. More information here.
Higher education is free of charge for Swedish, EU/EEA, and Swiss citizens. From 2007 higher education became divided into three levels:
Before entering the university everybody has to demonstrate a minimum proficiency in Swedish and English. Here's the link where you can find universities, colleges and education providers in Stockholm.
Stockholm, as a city with humid continental climate, is considered as a place with mild weather. It's one of the sunniest cities in Northern Europe. July is the hottest month in Stockholm with an average temperature of 18°C (64°F) and the coldest is January at -3°C (27°F). Stockholm is recognized as a city with the warmest summers among Nordic countries.
average summer temperature
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Stockholm, as a European city is safe. Stockholm has a safety level of 80% safe according to SafeAround’s rating and 52% according to Numbeo. Crimes rates are very low here and police work very responsibly.
Stockholm, as a city with a big amount of jobs in high technology companies, is considered as the financial capital of Sweden. About 85% of jobs in Stockholm are in service industry. Furthermore, more than 45% of Swedish companies are headquartered in Stockholm. That's why this city attracts a lot of expats from all over the world.
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