by Nina Varganov - period 6 social studies - 4/28/15
Languages: The official language of Sweden is Swedish, but most Swedes speak English, so you will not have a problem with communicating in Sweden.
Holidays and Traditions:
- New Year's Day: celebrated outdoors with friends- countdown to new year, make new year's resolutions. A new year's verse is said and live broadcasted from Stockholm.
- Easter Sunday (Jesus's resurrection): celebrated in the countryside with relatives. It is a secular holiday and most people just spend it with their families instead of going to church.
- May Day: the night before bonfires are lit and many people sing, and on May day many people join a May day demonstration.
- Sweden's National Day (Gustav Vasa elected King, adopted a new constitution): special ceremonies welcome new Swedish citizens."Every year, the King and Queen of Sweden take part in a ceremony at Skansen, Stockholm’s open-air museum, where the yellow and blue Swedish flag is run up the mast, and children in traditional peasant costume present the royal couple with bouquets of summer flowers." (The Official Site of Sweden).
- Midsummer's Eve (longest day of the year celebration): Celebrated in the countryside. There are maypoles and there is dancing to celebrate
- All Saint's Day (celebrates all saints): there are candlelit cemeteries and many people take the day off to honor the occasion
- Christmas (day Jesus was born): Celebrated with family, high expectations, Christmas tree.
- 66% of population belongs to The Church of Sweden. It is Evangelical Lutheran.
- Most Swedes are Protestant
- Eastern Orthodox
This is a royal palace constructed in the 1700s, where the royal family currently lives.
This castle was built in 1537 under king Gustav Vasa's rule. It has many centuries' worth of furnishings and many rooms with beautiful architecture.
This ancient cathedral was built in 1279 and has been a Lutheran church since 1527. It has very famous objects like "the St George and the Dragon sculpture (1489), the legendary Vädersoltavlan (1535) and Lena Lervik’s sculpture "Joseph and Mary” (2002)"
This archipelago consists of more than 20,000 islands and islets. It is very beautiful and very many boats come here to view the scenery.
These beautiful colors in the sky happen when " charged particles discharged by the sun reach earth’s atmosphere on solar winds and then collide with gaseous particles. The different gases produce different colours, usually pale light greens and pinks. "(VisitSweden)
This waterfall is the most impressive in Sweden, reaching a height of 38 m, and the deepest plunge is 32 m.
- Motor vehicles
- Paper products
- Pulp and wood
- Iron and steel products
Transportation and Lodging
You'll be flying Air Berlin, leaving Friday May 18 at 3:25. Your connecting flight is through Germany, and then will land in Sweden at 9:50 am on Saturday. You'll stay for a week there, and then on Saturday you will fly back at 6:30 to Germany again, and land in Illinois at 6:25 pm.
You'll have the weekend to explore Stockholm for yourself.
On Monday, you'll take a plane for $133 to Lapland to go skiing and view the northern lights.
On Tuesday, you can take time to visit the castles and palace, which will be of no cost.
Wednesday will be a good day to take a swim, which can be in any lake or river because of Swedish law.
You can take time off for yourself on Thursday and go shopping, which many tourists like to do in Sweden.
You'll visit the Stockholm Archipelago on Friday for $41.52 and tour the natural beauty of these islands.
You'll be staying in the wonderful Grand Hotel Stockholm for the low price of $388! It is located in the center of Sweden's capital Stockholm. It is a 5-star hotel and has features like:
- Fitness Center
- Meeting/Banquet facilities
- No Smoking
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Storage Availability
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