Stockholm is also home to the world’s longest art gallery, boasting 90 of its 100 stations over 68 miles of track along Stockholm’s subway stations which are decorated with mosaics, paintings, sculptures and carvings.
Sports and entertainment in Stockholm happens at the 16,000-seat Ericsson Globe, the largest spherical building in the world.
Since 1901 on each December 10, the Nobel Prizes in physics, chemistry, medicine and literature are awarded in Stockholm. Swedish-born inventor Alfred Nobel requested that honor in his will.
Stockholm’s economic prowess is supported by the fact that 13 of Fortune Global 500 companies have their headquarters located in Sweden’ capital city. Those global firms include network equipment maker LM Ericsson and clothing retailer H & M Hennes & Mauritz.
From an international trade perspective, Sweden ranks as the world’s 34th top exporter by virtue of shipping US$160.5 billion worth of goods around the globe in 2019. The most valuable Swedish exports are cars (7.4% of its global total), drugs and medicines (5%), refined petroleum oils (4.9%), automotive parts and accessories (3.2%), mobile phones (2.9%), fresh fish (2.2%), wood (1.9%), paper (1.8%), iron ores and concentrates (1.6%) then diesel piston engines (1.4%), according to the International Trade Centre.
Capital Facts for Stockholm, Sweden: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Stockholm City Hall, Drottningholm Palace, Old Town Square (Stortorget), Stockholm Cathedral, Parliament Building (Riksdagshuset) and the Vasa Museum
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Stockholm, Sweden.
- Björn Borg, tennis champion (born Jun. 6, 1956)
- Benny Andersson, Abba songwriter & keyboard player (born Dec. 16, 1946)
- Princess Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden (born Jul. 14, 1977)
- Ingrid Bergman, actress (born Aug. 29, 1915)
- Greta Garbo, actress & pinup model (born Sep. 18, 1905)
- Lasse Hallström, director (born Jun. 2, 1946)
- Emma Wiklund, actress & fashion model (born Sep. 13, 1968)
- Antonia Vai, singer-songwriter (born Apr. 24, 1988)
- Allan Corduner, actor (born Apr. 2, 1950)
- Elin Nordegren, model & Tiger Woods’ former wife (born Jan. 1, 1980)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches mostly targeting published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Stockholm resident: Stockholmer
Population: 1,633,000 (Stockholm) at July 3, 2020
Density: 11,802 people per square mile (4,279 per square kilometer)
Population: 10,100,000 (Sweden) at July 3, 2020
Density: 64 people per square mile (25 per square kilometer)
Median age for all Sweden: 41.1 years old
GDP: US$563.9 billion for 2019 (Sweden)
GDP per person: $54,628
Note: The above country-level GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars. Credible city GDP statistics for Stockholm were unavailable.
Official currency used in Stockholm: Swedish krona
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data).
Central Intelligence Agency, World Factbook, Europe: Sweden.
Central Intelligence Agency, World Factbook, Field Listing: Major Urban Areas.
CityMetric, Where are largest cities in the world? 2015 edition.
Demographia, World Urban Area, 12th Annual Edition.
Fortune, 2015 Global 500.
International Monetary Fund, World Economic Outlook Databases.
International Trade Centre, Trade Map.
Official Government Website, Stockholms stad.
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), 2016 Cities of Opportunity Report.
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags.
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
WorldOMeter, Sweden Population.
Each June 6, Swedes celebrate National Day as a public holiday.
Stockholm city proper plus its built-up urban area measures 147.35 square miles (381.63 square kilometers) and is where 1.6 million people lived at July 2020.
At the country level, Sweden’s land territory covers 158,433 square miles (410,340 square kilometers). The national population count was 10.1 million inhabitants as of July 2020.
Population density is concentrated within Stockholm including its immediately surrounding urban area, averaging 11,802 people per square mile (4,279 per square kilometer).
Zooming out to Sweden’s overall land boundaries, the country’s population density dilutes to an average 64 residents per square mile (25 per square kilometer).