15 most popular cities in Scandinavia

Review of the best according to the editors. About the selection criteria. The the material is subjective, is not advertising and is not serves as a guide to the purchase. Before purchase is needed consultation with a specialist.

Scandinavia is a historical and cultural region in northern Europe. TO It includes three countries – Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Some researchers also include Iceland in Scandinavia, however the citizens of this state themselves refuse to enter this cultural and historical region for obscure reasons.

If earlier Scandinavia was a very belligerent region, where the battle ax culture flourished, today these three countries – “exporter” of a special lifestyle, implying minimalism and simple life joys. Largely thank you for this. Swedish company IKEA, spread all over the world and offering interior design articles that are concise in design. In addition, the Scandinavian lifestyle is known for respectful approach to the environment (including the concept of “zero waste”) and the ability to enjoy simple little things. It was from here spread the concept of “huggge”, an essential element of Danish culture, involving comfort and a sense of satisfaction from everyday little things.

Scandinavian lifestyle – from minimalist interiors to satisfaction with conformist hobbies is quite interesting. AND, Of course, many want to immerse themselves in it, because “toxic” environment is unlikely to help in achieving that hugge. And for this it is worth going to Scandinavia.

For those who want to enjoy the minimalist northern comfort and simple joys of life, we made a rating of the 15 most popular cities of Scandinavia. For selection used the Internet. The more often a city is mentioned, the higher its place in rating.

Nomination a place Town RATING
Rating of the most popular cities in Scandinavia 15 Flekkefjord, Norway 4.1
14 Uppsala, Sweden 4.2
13 Skagen, Denmark 4.3
12 Stavanger, Norway 4.4
11 Tromso, Norway 4.5
10 Aarhus, Denmark 4.5
9 Trondheim, Norway 4.5
8 Gothenburg, Sweden 4.6
7 Geiranger, Norway 4.7
6 Lillehammer, Norway 4.7
5 Bergen, Norway 4.7
4 Malmo, Sweden 4.8
3 Oslo, Norway 4.8
2 Copenhagen, Denmark 4.9
1 Stockholm, Sweden 5.0

15th place: Flekkefjord, Norway

Rating: 4.1


The small Norwegian commune Flekkefjord, located in the south countries are far from a tourist mecca. But in vain. If you want to feel Scandinavian lifestyle as it is – it’s worth moving back to side of the well-established tourist routes and head to the outback of the country.

Flekkefjord stands on the Atlantic coast, so here almost always a comfortable climate. Only have to freeze in winter, when cold winds come from the ocean. The town is surrounded Norwegian fjords – carved rocks by the sea, representing small “bays”. There are also many islands, but they are not too friendly for tourists.

The city lives primarily due to fishing. Therefore, the smell of freshly caught herring is felt even in remoteness from ports. There are some white sandy beaches, but to sunbathe on them with comfort except in summer.

And there’s another “but” that tourists should consider departing to this area of ​​Scandinavia. Almost nobody here speaks English. The official language of Flekkefjord is Bokmål, one of the Norwegian standards.

Flekkefjord gained popularity partly due to the eponymous the song of the Russian rock band Leap Year. True, he is only there it is mentioned – in the first stanza – and does not play any more role.

14th place: Uppsala, Sweden

Rating: 4.2


Uppsala is located very close to the Swedish capital. It’s enough to drive 70 kilometers north of Stockholm – and a tourist plunges into a completely unusual atmosphere of science and students.

The fact is that the city of Uppsala is built around Uppsala University – one of the most famous and popular scientific institutions of Scandinavia. Every third inhabitant of this population point – or a student, or a teacher, or a researcher. Uppsala University has left an important mark in world science – here lived and worked as a naturalist Karl Linney, and in the local Observatories have discovered a huge number of celestial bodies.

However, the popularity of Uppsala University at the dawn of his existence was not provided at all by scientific contribution to the world knowledge. On the basis of this institution, a powerful student fraternity, whose members received the right to a place in hostels, to participate in competitions and to drink at a discount.

Almost all the main attractions of Uppsala affiliated with the University. Here you can see the museum with anatomical a theater, a library with a collection of ancient manuscripts and Carl Linnaeus Botanical Garden “grown” in place pharmacy garden. Also popular among tourists Gothic Uppsala Cathedral with 118-meter spiers – the most high in Scandinavia.

13th place: Skagen, Denmark

Rating: 4.3


The Danish city of Skagen is known for two “things” – huge sand dunes, completely unlike the usual Scandinavian landscape, and the Skagen watch factory, is currently owned by the American company Fossil.

If you go to this city in the north of Denmark, then in the first half summer. At this time, the local population celebrates Day Solstice, which has now turned into a full tourist festival. At this time, songs and harness are sung on the beaches bonfires imitating the Midsommar celebration that was celebrated in Scandinavia in ancient times.

And after visiting the Summer Solstice, you can go to an old church, now located outside the city. Several centuries ago, it was covered by the very sand dunes. They literally canned the building, which is now called “Buried by the church.”

Another reason to visit Skagen is the sheer number of small cafe with fish and seafood dishes that are caught right here in the city. True, these restaurants are small, but there are many tourists, therefore, a table should be booked in advance. And then you can go to Cape Grenin, where two seas merge – the North and Baltic. Their waters do not mix and therefore form a visible a border that can be admired from the lighthouse. But you can’t swim – cold and strong currents.

12th place: Stavanger, Norway

Rating: 4.4

Stavanger, Norway

Norway thrives economically thanks to two industries – fishing and oil production. And if seafood is extracted almost the entire coastal territory of the country, then hydrocarbons get out of the ground in the city of Stavanger.

Around Stavanger there are many oil producers and oil refineries. Therefore, the city is economically thriving and constantly growing. But tourists probably will not It’s very interesting to admire the pipes of factories – and therefore Stavanger offers them a lot of historical sights and entertainment centers.

So, it is here that one of the largest in Scandinavia is located entertainment centers – “Conserthus”, opened in 2012. If a attractions are not too attractive – you can go to one of numerous museums: fishing, canned food, archeology or oil. Also in the city is located the oldest religious in Norway institution – Stavanger Cathedral.

Stavanger is also known as the “capital of Gothic metal.” Right here bands such as the Theater of Tragedy started their career or Tristania. And in this city annually international chess tournament, the winner of which twice became Russian grandmaster Sergey Karjakin.

11th place: Tromso, Norway

Rating: 4.5


If you want to see Norway as it is frequent illustrations – a cold, unfriendly country – it’s worth it to go to the city of Tromso, located almost 400 km away Arctic Circle. But despite the frosty weather, here life is in full swing. Tromsø occupies the island of Tromsø (where it is located center) and the area around it.

Tromso has a huge number of the most northern in the world objects: a botanical garden, a planetarium, a football club and even a brewery (local residents need to warm up somehow). However, the city is worth a visit for those who want to touch religious sites. Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary – the northernmost in the world; The Cathedral is the only one in Norway made entirely of wood.

As in many other cities of Scandinavia, in Tromso was born and many world-famous musicians have grown up. Founders duo Röyksopp, arctic ambient singer Biosphere, Lena Marlin – they are all from here.

Tromsø is also known for its multiculturalism. Besides directly to the Norwegians, there are still more than 100 nationalities. The most powerful diasporas are Sami, Finnish and Russian.

10th place: Aarhus, Denmark

Rating: 4.5


The Danish city of Aarhus is the second largest in the country. Its population exceeds 250 thousand inhabitants. In addition, he is one of the oldest. cities of Scandinavia, first mentioned in historical documents, dated 948 year.

In the Middle Ages, Aarhus was the Catholic center of Denmark, Scandinavia and Northern Europe as a whole. However, from the 13th century religious leaders left him, which led to the decline of the city. AND after a century and a half, he was completely devastated by the plague epidemic. Town stood practically abandoned until the 19th century, when through it paved the railway – and this led to a sharp economic and population growth.

In 1928, Aarhus University was founded here, which quickly became an important scientific center of Denmark. At its base was also opened large botanical garden, today has become one of the most popular tourist attractions of the city. In the old town you can visit many ancient Gothic cathedrals, as well as the eponymous Museum showing how Danish architecture evolved over XVI-XVII centuries.

In addition, there are many interesting places in Aarhus museum visits: art, viking, female, history of science and medicine, even fires. Among tourists also enjoys the popular Pig Fountain built in front of the city hall in 1941 year.

9th place: Trondheim, Norway

Rating: 4.5


Trondheim is one of the oldest cities in Norway. Even him the name refers to those ancient times when the local population was represented by a battle ax culture (and this is the official name of archaeological culture). “Trondheim” translated from local language means “House of the strong.”

In the XI-XII centuries, Trondheim was the capital of Norway. True with With the development of trade, he ceded his status to the city of Bergen. First Trondheim’s buildings were wooden – and as a result in history settlement, there are at least 15 large-scale fires. IN the end of the XIX and the beginning of the XX centuries, the locals were tired of all this, and the city began to rebuild – stone began to prevail in it building.

Trondheim is primarily interesting by the huge Nidaros Cathedral – The most important monument of Scandinavian Gothic. It’s religious the structure was erected at the burial place of St. Olav. IN Nidaros Cathedral hosts the coronation ceremony of the monarchs of Norway. In addition, tourists should visit the Rock House – a cross between museum and concert hall dedicated to the heavy genres of music.

Trondheim basically loves music. In addition to the Rock House, there is Ringve Museum. It shows more than 2 thousand musical tools from around the world.

8th place: Gothenburg, Sweden

Rating: 4.6


Gothenburg is the second largest (and often largest) city in Sweden. Is the port gate of the country – most European passenger and cargo ships arrive here. Yes and it was laid precisely in order to provide Sweden with access to North Sea – for this purpose it was founded in the XVII century by King Gustav II Adolf.

Gothenburg is one of the most recognizable Swedish cities. Wide avenues lined with classic Scandinavian houses and periodically interrupted by channels chained to stone banks. Often there are examples of modern architecture – amazing and impressive. Gothenburg is chosen by a local and visiting elite – there are many cultural centers and trendy restaurants.

And in the summer, Gothenburg is transformed – tourists come here from all over Of Europe. Someone admires flowers and rare plants in two botanical gardens; others go to huge natural science museum where live sharks live and recreated hot tropics; still others get here for great entertainment Liseberg park with dozens of extreme rides.

Gothenburg is also known for being born and raised here. YouTube blogger PewDewPie, long been the most popular on video platform (and ranked first in number subscribers), until he was overtaken by the Indian channel with TV shows T-Series

7th place: Geiranger, Norway

Rating: 4.7


Surprisingly, one of Scandinavia’s most popular cities in in general and Norway in particular totals only 300 people population. In fact, it’s just a small village around a big port. And it exists solely thanks to tourists.

The fact is that Geiranger is located in an incredibly picturesque place – at the end of the chain of fjords Geirangerfjord. The whole city located on a cliffside. Around – also green mountains. Exactly therefore, the geiranger port is visited by more than 100 cruise ships each year – tourists want to make beautiful photos amazing, almost untouched by man of Scandinavian nature.

Geirangerfjord itself is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The fjord is amazingly beautiful – crashing into the sky the dark cliffs with snowy peaks are covered with emerald greenery, and with it, waterfalls fall from a great height. Here it is many viewpoints, including those created specifically for tourists. Visitors should also visit local restaurants. The cleanest air and the tastiest, albeit simple, food from just caught seafood is literally filled with a desire to live.

Going to Geirangerfjord on vacation, it is worth considering one important factor. This is a place for an active lifestyle. To get from one waypoint to another, you need to go through several kilometers with a huge difference in altitude. Or drive this distance on the bike.

6th place: Lillehammer, Norway

Rating: 4.7


Norwegian city of Lillehammer gained his fame in the first queue thanks to the eponymous television series from one of the American channels. True, its action takes place in New York. But the main character is named after this Norwegian cities.

Overall, Lillehammer is a small provincial town in Norway. The population is less than 30 thousand people. Of the most interesting are the ethnographic museum, gathered over 180 buildings of various historical periods Norway and the automobile museum. You can also ride on wheeled steamer launched in 1856 and valid until so far.

Lillehammer is worth a visit in winter – 20 kilometers east the city is located Shushen, one of the largest ski resorts Scandinavia. There are several Olympic venues – ice arena, bobsleigh track, ski jumping complex and freestyle skating rink. All of them were involved in the 1994 Olympics, held in Lillehammer, and are in good condition so far since So, in 2016, the Youth Winter was held here Olympics.

By the way, the name of the city has nothing to do with hammers. Lillehammer – this is “little Hamar”. And Hamar, in turn, is another city and Diocese in Norway.

5th place: Bergen, Norway

Rating: 4.7

Bergen, Norway

Bergen is the largest city in Western Norway and second largest size in the country as a whole. A major port and one of the oil centers industry – however, hydrocarbons are brought there for processing from Stavanger. In the Middle Ages, Bergen was the capital of the country – and since of times preserved a unique embankment, a real monument architecture and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Bergen embankment called Bruggen is a complex trading buildings made in characteristic Scandinavian style. It is their appearance that most often inspires artists who need to draw historical or provincial Norway. Chain of three-story houses with sharp tiled roofs painted in various shades of brick colors, it looks very atmospheric and unusual.

In addition to Bryggen, in Bergen you can admire the ancient Bergen a white stone cathedral built in the 12th century; medieval fortress Bergenhus sample XIII-XVI centuries; Edward Grieg House Museum Trollhaugen (“Troll Hill”); as well as a technical museum.

Like many other Norwegian cities, Bergen became home to many musicians playing in the style of “hard rock”. Among them – founder of Immortal and drummer Gorgoroth. Also from here DJ Alan Walker and members of the comedy duo Ylvis, whose song “What Does The Fox Say? “In 2014 sounded from every vacuum cleaner.

4th place: Malmo, Sweden

Rating: 4.8

Malmo, Sweden

Malmo, the third largest city in southern Sweden country. Now it is the most important transportation hub of the state, and 300 years back was the capital of Skoneland. Malmo is a city so beautiful and comfortable, which, as of 2017, 45% of it the population was immigrants and their families.

Malmö links Sweden and Denmark. Between these two states the Eressun bridge is laid, so get from one country to the other is just by car. By the way, this feature is reflected in one of the most popular modern television series in Scandinavia. Speech about the detective “Bridge”, telling about the murder on this site the roads. By the way, he starred in Malmö, so fans of the series can Find interesting places here.

But in general, Malmö is a real historical monument of friendship between Sweden and Denmark. In the “Old Town” preserved ancient buildings made in typical Danish style. True, centuries-old fortress walls no longer exist, instead of them in the city Scenic parks are scattered.

Those who want to touch the world culture should go to the cosmopolitan quarter of Möllevong, where and concentrated immigrant diasporas. There are many markets here, oriental kebab, indian curry houses, vietnamese noodle and Balkan cafes. From there you can go to the promenade of Eresund, where the skyscraper “Rotating Torso”, one of the new symbols of Sweden and Scandinavia, and long river beaches stretch – well-equipped and comfortable.

3rd place: Oslo, Norway

Rating: 4.8


Familiar to every fan of scanwords from the last pages infotainment newspapers, Oslo – the capital of Norway and one of the most famous settlements in Scandinavia. it huge, modern metropolis, with wide roads and high high-rise buildings.

Oslo as it appears to tourists and locals residents – a rather young city. This explains his modern layout and thoughtful infrastructure. Its stormy the capital of Norway experienced growth in the second half of the 20th century – in fact, when it acquired the name Oslo, before that it It was called Christiania.

However, the status of a megalopolis and financial and political center countries does not stop Oslo from having a lot of assets historical and cultural attractions. There is also the ancient Akershus fortress, which gave rise to the city; and royal the palace, and the Cathedral. And dozens of museums, including dedicated to the Vikings and the life of Tour Heyerdahl who crossed the Pacific ocean on a home-made raft “Kon-Tiki”.

In addition, in Oslo, there are many ultramodern sights. For example, the Opera House, opened in 2008 year and standing in the sea harbor – like Sydney. Or Museum Fram dedicated to Norwegian travelers to the North Pole. AND Holmenkollen ski jump is one of the two most tourist attractions in Norway.

2nd place: Copenhagen, Denmark

Rating: 4.9


The metropolis of Copenhagen is the largest city in Denmark and its capital. It is so large that it is located on three islands connected between themselves with bridges and metro lines – Zealand, Amager and Slotsholmen. The population of Copenhagen is 600 thousand people – but this is if we consider living only in the historical center. If a “capture” and the suburbs, then this figure rises to 1.3 million.

Copenhagen – the most important business center of Scandinavia and North Europe as a whole. This is where the largest stock exchange is located, on which a variety of economic transactions are concluded. Besides In addition, Copenhagen University is located in this metropolis – oldest in Denmark.

And the history of the metropolis began in 1043. On the site of the city then there was only a small fishing village. 1.5 centuries have passed, and a castle was erected next to it – primarily to protect the strait Oresund. By the way, a bridge is now thrown over it, the second end which is already in Sweden, in the city of Malmo.

In the future, the influence of Copenhagen grew and in the XVIII-XIX Over the centuries, it has become the center of the Golden Age of Denmark. At this time he already was the capital. In the XX century, the inhabitants of Copenhagen had to experience a serious shortage of goods and food, but the government succeeded get out of the crisis. And in the end, in 2013, the British magazine Monocle named Copenhagen the best city to live in the world.

Even a short walk in Copenhagen from a hotel to a cafe is the opportunity to see some historical attraction, so many of them here. The city has and ancient churches, and royal palaces, and huge parks. And also – Dozens of museums and theaters. But first of all, Copenhagen is famous as the homeland of Hans Christian Andersen, a Danish storyteller, and in a statue is erected on one of the embankments in the port Little mermaids, incredibly popular among tourists.

1st place: Stockholm, Sweden

Rating: 5.0

Stockholm, Sweden

The capital of the Kingdom of Sweden, the city of Stockholm is the largest and popular in Scandinavia. The megalopolis is huge – it is spread on 14 islands, and almost 2.5 million people live here. But at the same time Stockholm is not urban – city blocks are comfortable and harmonious combined with Scandinavian nature.

Stockholm is incredibly liveable. Every town planning innovation aims to increase comfort – and therefore the edges of the streets are not filled with endless rows of cars, everywhere there are bike paths, pleasant public spaces with coffee houses and benches, as well as developed urban infrastructure transport.

Stockholm is very diverse and offers many tourist attractions. There are countless museums, and various historical and cultural places like fortresses and cathedrals, and just beautiful architecture. Tourists love to visit Södermalm observation deck with a view of the whole city with its many spiers and tiled roofs.

Stockholm left a major mark in world history and culture. AND it is reflected in the sights of the city. For example, writer Astrid Lindgren, author of Pippi Longstocking stories and Carlson’s dedicated museum and children’s entertainment center. In honor of ABBA, which formed the disco music style and wrote one of the most popular New Year songs Happy New Year (by the way, incredibly sad), a museum is also open. It also lives here and environmental activist Greta Tunberg is active.

And to complete the trip to Stockholm, you can return to something more earthly. For example, by visiting the Museum of Alcohol. By the way, ride better in the city by metro. Local stations are hollowed out in the rocks and decorated by famous artists.

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