Sweden's Islands

Sweden's Islands


With 221,800 islands, Sweden is thought to have more islands than any other country in the world.


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Estimates show that approximately 700 million people on earth live on islands. Due to their isolation, islands usually offer a unique environment as they tend to be hotbeds of biodiversity with rare flora and species.

Sweden has an estimated total of 221,800 islands, the majority of which are not inhabited. This number means that Sweden most likely has more islands than anywhere else in the world.

Even the capital of the country, Stockholm, is an archipelago of fourteen islands connected with over 50 bridges and also has the medieval town of Gamla Stan, museums, and royal palaces.

The island of Öland has well-maintained beaches, a castle, and structures that date 5,000 years back, thus making the island a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Other islands offer good sites for swimming, fishing, and other water sports.


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