Stockholm is the capital and cultural centre of Sweden.
In 1998 it was the European Capital of Culture.
Gamla stan is the famous old town of Stockholm with small alleys and lovely colorful houses.
The city is spread on several islands and different parts of the mainland. This makes you feel comfortable, as if you were in a small, romantic town, not in a capital. The little shops and cafés (with great scandinavian interior design) intensify this atmosphere.