Sweden. By: Richard Hunter. Sweden's capital city.
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By: Richard Hunter
The first thing you notice about Stockholm, Sweden's capital, is its extraordinary shape - the country's largest city spread over islands and around inlets. Then there's the Old Town (Gamla Stan) that appears medieval with its 16th and 17th Century buildings and cobbled streets. The original Gamla Stan was known as the "City between the bridges."
The population of Sweden is approximately 9,259,000.
The primary language of Sweden is Swedish, a North Germanic language, related and very similar to Danish and Norwegian, but differing in pronunciation and orthography. Although Swedish is the dominant language, it is not an official language. Sweden Finns are Sweden's largest linguistic minority, comprising about 3 percent of Sweden's population and Finnish is recognised as a minority language. Four other minority languages are also recognised (Meänkieli, Sami, Romani and Yiddish).
Sweden's weather has many faces. Sweden enjoys a mostly temperate climate despite its northern latitude, mainly because of the Gulf Stream. Stockholm is warmer and milder, while in the mountains of northern Sweden a sub-Arctic climate predominates.
North of the Arctic Circle, the sun never sets for part of each summer, which is called the Midnight Sun, one of Scandinavia's natural phenomena. The opposite occurs in the winter, when night is unending for a corresponding period. These are the Polar Nights (another one of Scandinavia's natural phenomena).
Sweden's climate and location are largely responsible for the development of its cuisine. Early inhabitants stocked food supplies to prepare for the start of the country's long, cold winters by preserving meat, fish, fruits, and vegetables.
The Vikings, who inhabited all of Scandinavia more than one thousand years ago, were some of the first to develop a method for preserving foods. In preparation for long voyages, foods were salted, dehydrated, and cured. Though modern-day technology (such as the refrigerator and freezer) has eliminated the need for such preserving methods, Swedes continue to salt, dehydrate, and cure many of their foods, particularly fish.
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The Swedish listen to folk music that is heavily influenced by the fiddle. Today it is known as the Gammeldans genre.
Punk music is one of the most popular genres today in Sweden. Today the punk bands are more related to emo and hardcore, but the major acts are Fireside, Last Days of April and Kelly 8.
Many people across the globe turn to Sweden for the latest in metal. Death metal is most popular with bands like Shining, Heavy Load and Dream Evil.
Hip hop is one of the newer genres in Sweden, having only arrived in the late 1980s to early '90s. Today its major acts include Promoe, Iman Russ and Snook.
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