Stockholm is the capital and the largest city in Sweden and thus the most densely populated urban area in Scandinavia. It is the seat of the Swedish Government, the Reichstag (Parliament) and the official residence of the Swedish royal family and the Prime Minister. Since 1980, the royal family is domiciled at Drottningholm Palace, outside Stockholm, and uses the Royal Palace of Stockholm as his work- and Headquarters.
In 2010 lived in the Stockholm area about 22% of the Swedish population. Stockholm is the most populous city in Sweden, with 851 155 inhabitants (2010), 1,37 million in the urban area (2010) and around 2,1 million in the 6519 km ² large metropolitan area of the city (2010). Already mentioned for the first time in 1187 and officially established in 1252, Stockholm has a rich history and long-standing economic, political and cultural center. The strategic location on 14 islands at the mouth of Lake Mälaren to the Baltic Sea is historically important.
Stockholm was GaWC nominated as a global city, with an alpha-ranking. In the 2008 Global Cities Index, Stockholm was at number 24 in the world, No.. 10 in Europe, and first in Scandinavia.
Stockholm is known for its beauty, its buildings and architecture, surrounded by the waters of Lake Mälaren and the Baltic Sea. It is often called the Venice of the North.