About Stockholm

Discover for yourself why Stockholm is referred to as the hidden gem of Europe.

Sweden’s capital city is beautiful and unique. Located on 14 islands, it is home to some of the best museums, cultural institutions, restaurants, and night spots in the world.

“[W]ith trendsetting shops, cultural gems and night life aplenty, Stockholm seems to ask: Why would you want to be anywhere else?”

The Silicon Valley of Europe

Sweden is globally renowned as a hub of innovation. In 2019, it was named the second-most innovative country in the world by the Global Innovation Index. You may have heard of some of these Swedish inventions:

Skype
Pacemaker
Coca Cola Bottle
Spotify
GPS
Fridge
Candy Crush
Flat Screen
Blowtorch
Minecraft
Adjustable Wrench
Telephone Handset

“Strong and confident, equally trendy and historic, and achingly beautiful.”

Seasons of Stockholm

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Fall Semester

The long days of Swedish summer linger into the early fall months. Leaves turn, blanketing the city in color, before giving way to the cozy holiday season in December. Visiting the seasonal markets, viewing the lights of the city, and sampling traditional holiday treats leave our Fall students with lasting memories.

Spring Semester

Spring is simply beautiful.  The days grow longer and flowers explode into bloom in the city’s countless parks. It’s the perfect time for our Spring students to get out and explore the many spring festivals, out door cafes, markets, and concerts. 

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“[D]espite the well-preserved historic core, Stockholm is no museum piece: it’s modern, dynamic and ever-evolving.”

About Swedish Culture

Productive and Progressive

Sweden is a global leader in productivity while also championing work-life balance.

#2 Best country in the world for business (Forbes)

#2 Most innovative country in the world (Global Innovation Index)

5 weeks of paid vacation (at minimum)
480 days of paid parental leave

Commitment to Equality

Economic equality and equal rights are highly valued: Sweden is a world leader in efforts to reduce the political impact of economic and social inequality, and at the forefront in promoting gender equality and LGBTQ+ rights.

#1 Best country in the world for women (US News & World Report)

#1 Most committed to reducing income inequality (Commitment to Reducing Inequality Index)

#3 Least corrupt country in the world (Corruption Perceptions Index)

Nature in Focus

Sweden is a beautiful country with a strong emphasis on nature and sustainability. With 30% of Stockholm covered in green space and over 4,000 natural reserves across Sweden, you’re never far from nature.

#1 Best country in the world for green living (US News & World Report)

#2 Most sustainable country in the world (Country Sustainability Rankings)

Allemansrätt is a uniquely Swedish concept and law that grants people the right to roam nature freely, even on private land.