Stortorget (Swedish: The Great Square) is a small public square in Gamla Stan, the old town in central Stockholm, Sweden. It is the oldest square in Stockholm, the historical centre around which the medieval urban conglomeration gradually came into being. It is traditionally renowned for its annual Christmas market offering traditional handicrafts and food. - Gamla Stan (The Old Town) - Stockholm, Sweden, via Flickr.
In the early 17th century, Sweden was busy building an empire around the Baltic Sea in northern Europe. A strong navy was essential. During the 1620s Sweden was at war with Poland. In 1625 the Swedish king Gustavus Adolphus ordered new warships. Among them the Vasa. The Vasa was built at the Stockholm shipyard by Henrik Hybertsson - an experienced Dutch shipbuilder. His experience was much needed as the Vasa was to be the mightiest warship in the world, armed with 64 guns on two gundecks.
Falke was built in 1937 in Lubeck, Germany an was used to tow dredgers in German rivers. Sold to Sweden in 1954 and served as a harbour tug. - Sweden_0642 - Stockholm Ship Association by archer10 (Dennis), via Flickr
Cabins at The ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjarvi, Sweden. The entire hotel is made from carved blocks of ice, taken from the frozen Torne River. The hotel melts at the end of winter, and is completely rebuilt each year.
Stockholm is the capital and the largest city of Sweden and constitutes the most populated urban area in Scandinavia. It is the site of the national Swedish government, the Riksdag (parliament), and the official residence of the Swedish monarch as well as the prime minister. Since 1980, the monarch has resided at Drottningholm Palace outside of Stockholm and uses the Royal Palace of Stockholm as his workplace and official residence. HoMi\nside, via Flickr