Friday, 16 May 2014

Removals to Sweden: Things to do in Winter in Sweden

If you require removals to Sweden, you will already know that the hours of daylight are long in summer but the winters are cold and dark. In Stockholm in January and February, the daylight hours can be as little as seven hours and in the northern tip of the country, you can expect to be in complete darkness for about eight weeks. All in all you will leave for work and return home in the dark in winter, as the number of daylight hours are cut short.

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Meanwhile, if you are organising removals to Sweden, you will want to know how to occupy your time in winter. To help you, here is our guide on some of the most popular activities to do at this time of year.

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Popular Activities in Winter in Sweden

Winter Sports

Sweden is one of the healthiest nations on earth and the Swedes have some of the longest lifespans. Men can live up to 78 years of age and women can expect to live an average of 83 years of age.

It also has a great outdoors culture as people enjoy getting out and about and being active, whatever the weather. Winter activities range from indoor exercise, such as yoga, Pilates and working out in the gym, to family friendly activities like bike riding, hiking, ice-skating and snowshoeing - an activity which involves wearing special shoes for hiking through the snow. 

If you fancy more adventurous or challenging sports, Sweden has so much to offer. There are all sorts of amazing activities you can do, from the more traditional such as downhill skiing and snowboarding at one of Sweden’s 200 ski resorts, to dog sledding or snowmobiling in the Swedish Lapland, playing ice-hockey, and even ice-climbing – although this is only for the experienced and highly fit adrenaline junkies!


If you have holiday time in winter, you will have the chance to explore what this beautiful country has to offer.

Sweden has the first ever Ice Hotel which opened in 1990 in Jukkasjärvi. It is made entirely from ice and snow and is rebuilt each year. Here you can marvel at the stunning surroundings or sip vodka from frozen glasses at the bar.

The country also offers an opportunity to go on Safari. Head for Lapland to go on reindeer safari, and while you are there you can look out for the mysterious Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, and see waves of coloured lights dance across the sky. In Lapland, you can also find out more about the nomadic Sami - one of the oldest cultures in the world – and learn about their way of life.


You don’t have to get active or travel far to have an enjoyable time in the winter months in Sweden. Wherever you settle you will discover new places to visit, ranging from museums to art galleries, theatres and opera houses. And if you enjoy contemporary dance, the internationally renowned Cullberg Ballet based in Stockholm, tours nationally and abroad and their performances are well worth watching.

Whatever you enjoy seeing, visit your local tourist information centre to discover the best places near you.


The winter markets are very enjoyable in Sweden and add to the beauty and atmosphere of the Christmas season. Here you can sample hot food or mulled wine or stock up on some of the locally made crafts to give to friends or family back in the UK.

There are some fantastic Christmas markets all over the country and among the best are those in Stockholm, Malmo and of course Gothenburg which has the biggest Christmas market at the amusement park in Liseberg. Here you can enjoy Christmas food, and drinks that include vodka or warming winter Glogg (mulled wine). And if you are tired of shopping, just head for the nearby ice-skating rink.

Night Classes

Night classes or weekend seminars are popular in Sweden and there are all sorts of adult learning or educational classes, ranging from wood work to arts classes, flower arranging and cookery classes.

You will also have the opportunity to learn Swedish and this will help you adjust to your new life. The Swedish for Immigrants (SFI) programme provides free Swedish lessons for those who have moved to the country. The courses are provided by the Swedish National Agency for Education and towns and cities have an obligation to offer Swedish to new comers so you can soon learn the language of your host country.

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Monday, 12 May 2014

Removals to Sweden: How Christmas and New Year Was Celebrated in Sweden

Christmas and New Year celebrations may well be over now, but if you are arranging removals to Sweden, you may want to think about how the festivities are marked over there. This article looks at some of the ways you would expect to see Christmas and New Year celebrated in Sweden.

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Whether you want specialist removals, storage, removals on a specific date, full load or part load removals to Sweden, or a complete packing and unpacking service, we find you the best deal. Contact Moving Partnership today for reliable and competitive quotation for removals to Sweden.

If you require removals to Sweden, in order to be well prepared for the festivities in 2013/14 here is our brief guide on what to expect at this time of year. As the Swedes say: ‘God Jul’, or Merry Christmas!

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Christmas in Sweden

The Christmas season starts on the first of the month when many people put advent stars or candles in their windows. Advent candles are popular in Sweden and one candle is lit a week to mark the countdown to Christmas.

A big day in Sweden in the run up to Christmas is the Festival of Lights or St Lucia Day (December 13th) when a child is chosen to lead a candle lit procession. Traditional songs or carols are sung and the child representing St Lucia carries saffron buns and ginger snaps.

The girl – or even sometimes a boy – chosen to be Lucia wears white with a red ribbon on their waist and a wreath of electric candles. The girls dress in white and the boys may dress up as star boys (all in white), Santas or gingerbread men.

Christmas Day is celebrated in much the same way as it is in England, except the main feast and opening of the presents take place on Christmas Eve. Another difference is that Santa traditionally comes knocking at the door instead of falling down the chimney. And instead of putting Xmas cake and brandy out for Santa, he gets a bowl of rice porridge with cinnamon or jam!

Just as in Britain, it is traditional to have a Christmas tree in Sweden. This can be decorated in any way you choose and instead of being taken down 12 days after Christmas, it usually stays up until about mid-January.

Christmas Dinner

Christmas dinner usually takes the form of a buffet with pickled herring, smoked salmon and gravlax (a dish of raw, cured fish). You can also expect to see cold meat at the buffet, Christmas ham, meatballs, stuffed cabbage, pork ribs, pork sausages, rye bread, and a baked layered potato dish with cream and onions, called Janssons Frestelse.

Popular sweet dishes on Christmas Eve include sweet pastries and ginger snap biscuits called Pepparkakor. This delicious feast would be washed down with some gorgeous hot mulled wine. And after the feast, usually someone dresses up as Tomte, which is a Christmas gnome!

New Year in Sweden

Whereas Christmas is very much a family occasion, Swedish people like to bring in the New Year with friends and often have parties at home.

They dress up and have a feast where they talk about the past year and what they expect in the future. They also discuss their New Year’s resolutions and this can be anything from taking up exercise, to travelling more, or cutting down on the booze! It is traditional at the feast to be served legumes and black eyed peas as this represents luck and prosperity.

The Swedes might round off the celebrations watching the New Year countdown on TV or fireworks from their window. Another tradition is to make a scarecrow to be burned at Midnight as this represents all the bad things that have happened in the past. Then they wish each other ‘Gott Nytt Ar’ which is Swedish for ‘Happy New Year!’

The Swedish Christmas and New Year holiday period usually lasts about a week when people visit friends or family, travel or enjoy a well-earned break.

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Friday, 9 May 2014

Removals to Sweden: Castles and Fortresses in Sweden

Beautiful landscapes are just one of the attractions for many people undertaking removals to Sweden. The country also has many attractive buildings, including castles and fortresses, and in this article we will turn the spotlight on some of the most famous.

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Here are details of some of the Swedish castles and palaces which you might want to visit once you have completed your move.

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Our Top Pick of Castles and Fortresses to Visit

Bohus Fortress – This 14th-century castle ruin originally belonged to Norway, and stands on a 40-metre cliff on the Norwegian-Swedish border in Kungälv, Bohuslän. It survived 14 sieges over the centuries, but was never captured. After it was handed over to Sweden in the mid-17th century, it was used as a prison. The fortress is now a popular summer visitor attraction, housing a museum about its unique past, and a major medieval festival is held there every July. There are also activities for children.

Drottningholm Palace – Built on an island on the outskirts of the capital, Stockholm, the royal palace of Drottningholm is nicknamed the "Swedish Versailles" because of its grandeur. Originally built in the 16th century, the palace is the Royal Family's permanent residence, but only the southern wing is private, with the rest of the palace being open all year round. The lavish gardens are one of the main visitor attractions, taking in many styles including Baroque. Don't miss the theatre and the Chinese pavilion here.

Gripsholm Castle – With a romantic fairytale appearance, Gripsholm is one of the castles founded by famous 16th-century king Gustav Vasa. It stands on the shores of Lake Mälaren, near Mariefred in Södermanland. Visitors can see the Swedish state portrait collection, which features famous Swedes, ranging from historical figures through to well known faces of the present day. Another attraction you won't want to miss is the royal deer park. The castle's main opening season runs from May to November.

Kalmar Castle – One of the best-preserved castles in Scandinavia, Kalmar Castle is a moated fortress with an impressive park in the province of Småland. The first tower on the site, near the then Danish border, was built in the 12th century, but the fortress was later enlarged  in the 16th century. It was decorated in the Renaissance style in the 1570s, and has now been restored so that it still has the look of that era. As well as touring the historic rooms, you can also book for a banquet or masked ball if this appeals to you.

Läckö Castle – On the shores of Lake Vänern near the town of Lidköping, this castle has dramatic Baroque towers and turrets. Dating back to the 13th century, it was built by a bishop and later owned by the Crown. Count Magnus Gabriel De la Gardie expanded it in the 18th century and it has 250 rooms - many of which were left empty for a long time, but have now been furnished again. The castle is open from May to September and there are special events at other times of year.

Malmö Castle – Sweden's oldest Renaissance castle dates from the 15th century, but there's a lot more to a visit than just touring the building. Together with neighbouring buildings, it is now home to the biggest museum in the south of the country. A large art collection is housed in the castle, while the museum as a whole also includes an aquarium and science displays. The castle is open all year and there are guided tours in English during the summer months.

Royal Palace of Stockholm – The official residence of the King of Sweden is one of the largest palaces in Europe, and one of the places you must see following your move to Sweden. Boasting more than 600 rooms, it stands on a small island in the centre of Stockholm, near to the cathedral and parliament building. Most of the palace was built in the 18th century and it is full of lavish furnishings, murals and treasures. Many rooms are open to the public, including the Hall of State where you can see a silver throne. The daily changing of the guard is a popular attraction.

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Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Removals to Sweden – Guide to National Parks in Sweden

If you require removals to Sweden, a country known for its forests, lakes and scenic beauty, then MPL can help. At Moving Partnership Ltd, we arrange regular removals to Sweden and to all of Scandinavia. We compare hundreds of quotes for you and find the cheapest companies to partner with in order to arrange your European removal in the most cost effective way.

Where possible, we team up with BAR registered or FAIM accredited companies. This ensures your peace of mind as you know the companies we are working with are strictly regulated and monitored.

We have produced this blog post so that, once your removals to Sweden are complete, you will know where to go if you enjoy going for long strolls, taking photographs, or visiting some of the most scenic places Sweden has to offer.

Here are some of the top national parks in Sweden. There are many more that we could have featured but this is what we believe to be the pick of the bunch.

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Our Pick of Sweden’s Ten Best National Parks

Gotska Sandön National Park - Gotska Sandön, in the middle of the Baltic Sea, is the most isolated island in the Swedish archipelago. It is a desolate, barren place but no less beautiful for it. It has many miles of sandy beaches and dense, deep green pine forests.  Uninhabited save for a colony of grey seals, there are many rare insects and plants, including several kinds of orchid. Being an island, it can only be reached by boat and these trips happen rarely, especially in winter. In the summer months, regular boat tours take place from Fårö Island and Nynäshamn on the mainland, bringing bird watchers and nature lovers from miles around.

Kosterhavet National Park - This was the first national park in Sweden to protect marine wildlife – half of the park is water. It can be found between North Koster Island and South Koster Island, in the Swedish archipelago. Since it opened in 2009, the park has attracted thousands of visitors who flock to see nearly 6000 different species, 200 of which are native to Sweden. This is the place to go if marine life floats your boat.

Sarek National Park - Sarek National Park is the most dramatic and inaccessible in all of Sweden. Jagged peaks, huge glaciers, valleys and rapid water flows all go to making this a serious adventurers’ playground. In an area of approximately 197,000 hectares, it can be found fifty kilometres east of the Norwegian border. Sweden's National Hiking Trail, called Kungsleden, runs through the south-eastern tip of the park but there are many other routes you can take. You'll need to be physically fit, very experienced and well prepared to take some of them on as you'll have to contend with alpine conditions, difficult terrain and rapidly changing weather conditions.

Skuleskogen National Park - Here you'll find magnificent views over the Baltic Sea, a large expanse of forest, beautiful lakes, valleys walled with Spruce trees and geological formations of the sort you find in text books. You'll see the Kalottbergen mountains with their forested peaks and bare slopes. Visiting the park has been made easy, there are signs on European Highway E4 which lead you straight there. There are 30 kilometres of hiking trails, as well as three sleeping cabins and two shelters that are open year around. It is certainly a lot more user friendly than Sarek.

Söderåsen National Park - Here you'll find mixed deciduous forests with lots of beech trees, screes, high cliffs and streams. In the valleys and forests of the park you'll find beetles, ferns, mosses, lichen and fungi. As far as possible, the park has been left to grow wild. It is managed very well with the emphasis on natural change and development. Biological diversity is encouraged. Instead of being removed, dead trees and wood are left untouched. Cultural remnants such as ancient farmland, mounds and ruins are preserved. A Visitors Centre by the main park entrance has exhibitions and displays outlining the work of the foresters.

Stenshuvud National Park - Stenshuvud National Park is a place of geological contrast with a diverse array of plant and animal species, ancient monuments and interesting historical remains. Stenshuvud Mount rises 97 meters above sea level and the view from the top is magnificent. To the south, you'll find broad heaths and dry meadows bursting with flowers stretching across the sandflats to the sea and a lovely beach. The coastline to the east features rugged cliffs and scree leading to the water's edge. On clear days, the Danish island of Bornholm can be seen to the southeast.  Founded in 1986; it consists of 954 acres of parkland given National Park status to preserve this area of special geological and biological significance.

Store Mosse National Park - Store Mosse National Park is the largest untouched wetland south of Lapland. Covering some 100 square kilometres, the vegetation here is similar to the northern wilderness of Sweden. There are more than 40 kilometres of trails and board walks to keep you busy and there's a wealth of wildlife to see en-route.

It is an important area for birds and provides unique habitats for other animals and plants. There are three cabins available for overnight stays and a large ornithologists’ tower. Access to the park is free and there are guided tours available all summer as well as guided snowshoe tours on the bog.

Tiveden National Park - Tiveden is one of the most beautiful National Parks in Sweden. It has forests, lakes and giant boulders and features an incredible rugged coastline. Tiveden is huge and old; its untamed landscape gives it a character of its own.  Large, unbroken areas of ancient forest are becoming increasingly rare across the world but, rather than being cultivated or over managed, Tiveden has been allowed to return slowly to a state resembling that of a virgin forest. Lakes and bogs have formed in the lowland areas between its steep rocky summits where the bedrock has remained intact. Large granite boulders bear the marks of Ice Age glaciers. The thin soils here make it difficult for animal and plant life with only pine trees able to grow on the rocky ground. Spruce grows where the soil is deeper but there are very few deciduous trees. Moose and deer roam the area and you'll also see foxes, badgers, martens and squirrels. There are many hiking trails, an information centre and cabins for overnight stays.

Tyresta National Park - Just 20 kilometres from the centre of Stockholm lies one of the most unspoilt areas of natural beauty in central Sweden. Tyresta National Park and Nature Reserve measures approximately 5,000 hectares and has been protected to preserve its exceptional natural beauty. The forest contains pine trees that are 400 years old, clear lakes and a large number of unusual plants and animals. There is broad-leaved deciduous woodland, open arable land and some historical buildings. There are up to 8,000 species of animals here, far more than in other managed forests and many of them are completely reliant on the primeval woodland for their habitats and survival.

Västmanland County National Park  - Västmanland County has a bit of everything. It’s even got castles and manor houses so there is something for everyone here. There are hills and valleys, great forests, mystical lakes and even old mining shafts. The area encompasses the flat lands of central Sweden and the more rugged terrain of Norrland so there is a vast array of plant and wildlife to be seen here. Its conifer covered highlands and lowlands give way to broad-leaved woodland and open farmland so conditions for plants and animals vary widely between the northern and southern sections of the county. You can take a trip along the Strömsholm Canal or a hike on the Bruksleden Trail which offers an opportunity to discover the varied nature of this beautiful landscape.

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Friday, 2 May 2014

Removals to Sweden: A Guide to the Prettiest Places in Sweden

If you’re looking for removals to Sweden, you’ll doubtless be looking forward to seeing, at first hand, the country’s verdant forests, lovely beaches, islands and crystal clear lakes. It is a wonderful part of the world in which to live and work and a great place to bring up the children too. The towns and cities are bustling and cosmopolitan and the countryside lends itself to camping and other outdoor pursuits, ideal for a weekend break or family holiday.

In this article we will take you on a journey to some of Sweden’s prettiest, most picturesque places, some man-made and some natural, to give you just a taste of what to expect once your removals to Sweden are complete. We’ll take a look at one of Sweden’s most beautiful palaces, we’ll see some quite breathtaking waterfalls and rapids and we’ll spend some time in awe of Sweden’s coastline and at that most remarkable of natural phenomena, the Aurora Borealis.

Firstly though, here’s a little bit about us. We are Moving Partnership Ltd, your one-stop shop for national, European and worldwide removals. As our name suggests, we work ‘in partnership’ with removals firms from around the world, to bring you a bespoke and cost effective removals service. Wherever possible, we partner with BAR registered and FAIM accredited companies so you may rest assured that your belongings will be treated with the utmost care and that your removals to Sweden will run as smoothly as possible and we do all of this with an eye to saving you time and money.

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Read on to discover some real Swedish gems. You may want to bookmark some of them for a visit once you’ve settled in to your new home.

Drottningholm Palace

Designated a world heritage site, Drottningholm Palace is the permanent residence of the Swedish royal family. All but the southern wing of the palace, including The Great Hall, The Palace Theatre and the wonderful baroque palace gardens are open to the public all year round. Like Buckingham Palace, it has been modified over the years and you can see examples of the changing architecture spanning three centuries.

Koster Islands

Two hours north of Gothenburg is the virtually car free zone known as The Koster archipelago. Consisting of Koster Island North and Koster Island South and a cluster of smaller islands, the area is best navigated on foot, by rented bike or guided boat tour. Most of the region has been designated as nature reserve, but there are a number of small fishing villages from where you can embark on seal safaris or go sea kayaking.


Sweden’s second largest city after Stockholm, Gothenburg has taken café culture to its heart. It is a food lover’s delight, especially if you’re into fish and what better way to work up an appetite than by first exploring the west coast archipelago by kayak? There is something here for everyone, from the rose gardens and Palm House of The Garden Society to the Universeum science discovery centre.

Njupeskar Waterfall

Estimates vary as to the height of this water feature but at anywhere between 93 and 125 metres, Njupeskar is still the highest waterfall in Sweden. The mist around the falls creates the perfect environment for rare flora and fauna and the cascading waters make for a stunning photo opportunity. For best results, get up early around Midsummer; the sunlight shines through the water giving it a magical silver hue.

Sarak National Park

The Sarak National Park is the largest expanse of wilderness anywhere in Europe. The high alpine peaks, glaciers and narrow valleys present an adventure holiday in waiting, but be warned, the Sarak is not for beginners. Anyone planning on visiting the park should have considerable alpine experience, the correct equipment, and should be used to spending time outdoors. There are no facilities for tourists.

Dumme Mosse Nature Reserve

Dumme Mosse Nature Reserve is a largely unspoilt area of wetland to the west of Jönköping in southern Sweden. Its 3,500 hectares include sparsely wooded swampland, open meadows and woodlands, ideal habitat for many species of birds, animals, insects and plants. The hikers among you will love its 6 kilometre trail.

Storforsen Rapids

Located in the Pite River in Sweden, an hour's drive from Luleå, the Storforsen Rapids are the largest rapids in the whole of Europe. Purpose built viewing areas have been sited at key points along its banks to give visitors the best impression of the water’s power and to allow hopeful kayakers the opportunity to opt out of this one if they so wish.


Fans of the TV series Wallander will instantly recognise the pastel shaded, half-timber buildings of the ancient city of Ystad. Guided tours will take you through the town’s cobblestone streets and into some of the most picturesque squares like St Knuts and Stortorget. You might like to pay a visit to Fridolfs konditori, the Inspector’s favourite café and tuck in to one of their famous police blue Wallander pastries.


Skane is beautiful. It is a patchwork of colour throughout the year with endless open fields turning from lush green to golden yellow. It’s a golfer's delight too with over 70 courses in the region, many of which are open for most of the year. International business has been attracted here and the area has turned from a land of fishermen and farmers to one at the forefront of technical and medical innovation.


You can’t move to Sweden and not go to see the northern lights and the Aurora Sky Station in Abisko is THE best place to view them. Abisko is a large national park in Swedish Lapland, which is very popular among hikers. Here the sun shines at midnight, you can go cross-country skiing or don a pair of snowshoes and go tramping through the woods. You can even go by dog sled for a spot of ice fishing.

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Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Removals to Sweden: A Guide to Great Museums

If you require removals to Sweden one of the things you might want to do in your leisure time once you have settled in, is to visit a museum near you to find out more about your newly adopted country. Sweden has some fantastic regional and national museums, some dedicated to art and others to photography, the military and there’s even one dedicated to Sweden’s biggest musical export, the pop band “ABBA”.

At the Moving Partnership Limited we understand that your time is precious. Using our services for your removals to Scandinavia will not only save you time, it will also save you money. We compare the quotes from hundreds of different removals companies and we spend the time researching the best and cheapest company for the job, so you don’t have to.

Whatever your interests, you are bound to find a museum to suit you. We have chosen to highlight ten of the best museums in Sweden here but there are plenty more to visit. You can find out more by visiting your local Tourist Information Centre. Having completed your removals to Sweden, should you discover a more interesting or unusual museum in your area, please feel free to bring it to our attention in the comments section below so that we may cover it in a later article.

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The Abba Museum

Whether its “Money Money Money”, “Waterloo” or “Mama Mia”, whatever your favourite Abba tune, Sweden says “Thank You For The Music” with the ultimate tribute, a museum dedicated to the musical stylings of Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny and Anni-Frid. If you’re an ABBA fan, this attraction is a must see. You are invited to sing and dance along to the music and pose on stage, as the fifth member of the band.

Stockholm City Museum

One for the fans of Stieg Larsson’s "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo", Stockholm's City Museum has an installation devoted to the works of the author. The three books in the series have been read by over 73 million people and The Millennium Phenomenon, as it has become known, continues to enthral readers and film goers worldwide.

The Nobel Museum

In the worlds of physics, chemistry, physiology, medicine, literature and peace, the Nobel Prize is the ultimate accolade and here at the Nobel Museum, you can learn about some of the world’s most important ideas and discoveries. The museum is also actively involved in research and often stages seminars, lectures and debates. There is also a rather lovely little bistro in which each of the chairs is marked with the name of a past Nobel Prize winner. Check under your seat to see who you’re dining with.

Museum of Medieval Stockholm

If history is your thing, look out for this little gem. You'll find the museum of medieval Stockholm beneath the Parliament building and across the street from the King's Palace. The displays very accurately describe life in medieval Stockholm. A walking tour of the old town, which takes about an hour and a half, is an interesting way to get to know your new city.

Vasa Museum

The Vasa is Sweden's Cutty Sark. The ship sank on its maiden voyage in August 1628 and was salvaged in 1961. Reconstruction began almost immediately and she stands today, restored to her former glory. There are a number of very interesting exhibitions on board with information about the original build, the sinking and the restoration process as well as one detailing what life must have been like for those on board.


Founded in 1891, Skansen is the world’s oldest open air museum. Exhibiting furnished houses and farmsteads exactly as they would have been hundreds of years ago, it focuses its attention on bygone farming activities and rural life. From the Sami tribes in the north to the cultivated gardens of the south, it reflects the changes in lifestyle from the 16th century through to the present day.

Volvo Museum

A must see for any petrolhead, The Volvo Museum features vintage, rally and concept cars as well as examples of their trucks and busses. From the very first ÖV4 produced in 1927, through to the latest 2014 C and XC ranges, they're all here and there are some interesting exhibitions detailing Volvo's advancements in design, technology and safety.

Swedish Museum of National Antiquities

If you're keen to find out about Swedish history then this is the place for you. One of Sweden’s largest museums, it currently holds over 10 million pieces dating back to the middle of the Stone Age. Here you can meet the Vikings and witness re-enactments in full Viking dress. You can wander around a Viking farm and children are invited to play Viking games.

The Royal Armoury Museum

This is the oldest museum in Sweden. Located in the cellars of the Royal Palace in Stockholm, you’ll see arms and clothing dating back to 1496. You’ll get a look at Sweden’s ancient weapons and uniforms and see them change throughout the years. You’ll also see robes from royal weddings and coronations as well as several exquisite state coaches.

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Saturday, 26 April 2014

Removals to Sweden: Fishing in Sweden

If fishing is your favourite hobby, then your removals to Sweden should have you reeling with excitement. Fishing is one of the most popular pastimes in the UK, with 4 million keen anglers spending £3 billion on equipment and travel to fishing destinations, and this passion is not lost on the Swedes. With over 3,200 kilometres of coastline, some vast lakes and mile upon mile of waterway and canal, Swedes while away many an afternoon either waist deep in water or hanging over the side of a boat.

In this moving to Sweden article, we’ll be taking a look at all things fishy. From organised activities on the Baltic, to lake or river fishing with friends or family. If your house move is going to see you living close to the coast, or to any of the great Swedish lakes, we hope you enjoy our guide to angling in Sweden.

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Where Can I Fish in Sweden?

From a fisherman’s perspective, one of the truly great things about Sweden is that you are never to far from water. From Jokkmok and Kiruna in the north to Jönköpping and Växjö in the south, rivers and streams connecting the Gulf of Bothnia and the Baltic with the waterways of Norway, crisscross the country.

Throughout the country, fish stocks are high, so there is little or no restriction to fishing as long as you have the required permit. The exception to this is a warning over eel stocks in the Baltic. Lake fishing, river fishing, and coastal fishing are all allowed and encouraged in Sweden. Lake Vänern in the south west of the country is as good a place as anywhere to start. At 5600 sq km, it is the largest lake in Sweden and the third largest in the whole of Europe. The other great lakes of Sweden are Vättern in south central Sweden, Mälaren and Hjälmaren in Stockholm, Storsjön in Jämtland, Torneträsk in Kiruna, Siljan in central Sweden and Hornavan,  Akkajaure and Uddjaure in the north.

The fishing season varies south to north in Sweden with the changing climate. Usually year round in the warmer south, central Sweden is best fished April to November and the north from May to October.

What Can I Expect to Catch?

That really depends on where you are moving to in Sweden. Throughout the country, there are more than 35 different species of fish. Chief among them though are pike, zander, perch, salmon, trout and grayling. Believe it or not, even if you are moving to central Stockholm, Gothenburg or Malmö, there is still some great fishing to be had. In Stockholm, if you find yourself anywhere near the Parliament buildings and you happen to have your rod about you, cast into the Rosenbad and see if you can catch something tasty for tea.

Around Gothenburg on the west coast of Sweden you can expect to pick up catfish, cod, hake and mackerel and, inland, you can fly-fish for brown trout. If you are moving to Malmö, you might look to putting char, trout or perch on the menu. In Jokkmokk there’s fly-fishing for arctic char through to specimen hunts for giant roach whilst in Växjö you can expect to find pike and rainbow trout.

Are there Organised Tours?

The simple answer to this question is yes, and they’re not that hard to find either. At the last count we came up with 34 different courses, tours and fishing trips, and we’re fairly sure there’s a lot more than that. Fishing charters are widely available throughout Bohuslän, Halland, Skåne, Södermanland, Uppland, Västergötland and Värmland. They make regular tours of the Baltic and the larger Swedish lakes. Skilful skippers who know the area's fishing grounds can virtually guarantee a good day's catch. Many of the boats are fully equipped with food and drinks on board.

Do I need a License for Fishing in Sweden?

You need a permit to fish on most Swedish waters except for the main lakes at Vänern, Vättern, Hjälmaren, Mälaren and Storsjön. You are also free to fish along the entire Swedish coastline but there are regulations in place governing the fishing of Baltic pike. Outside of these areas, you’ll need to check with the local authority to find out what local fishing rules are in place. These rules will govern such things as minimum size, catch limits and the use of private waters. There may also be areas that are out of bounds, like the mouths of some rivers.

Is there such a thing as Extreme Fishing?

Yes and it’s alive and well in northern Sweden. Huge pike have been caught, pictured and returned to the waters here and competition is fierce among anglers to be the next record holder. From the beginning of October to mid November is the best time to fish for trophy pike. Ice fishing is also very popular, particularly in Värmland; here you’re likely to find perch, pike, rainbow and brown trout and arctic char. Ice fishing can be dangerous though, hence its inclusion under this heading. Anyone looking to fish through a hole in the ice is strongly advised never to go alone and to equip themselves properly with a pair of good winter-boots and warm clothing, as well as an ice-drill and ice-scoops (to prevent the holes freezing over), a pair of ice-picks and a rescue rope.

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