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Sweden's most beautiful places revealed
West-coast serenity in Onsala, Halland. Photo: Mikael Tigerström

Sweden's most beautiful places revealed

The Local · 29 Aug 2016, 11:00

Published: 29 Aug 2016 11:00 GMT+02:00

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When asked if they thought their home county was beautiful, 62 percent of Halland residents surveyed said they fully agreed. 

Stockholmers also held their home county in high regard, with 59 percent of respondents praising its pulchritude. 

Of the 2,500 Swedes who took part in a Sifo survey commissioned by the Projektengagemang consultancy, 51 percent fully agreed that their home county was gorgeous; 49 agreed to an extent, and three percent didn’t agree at all. 

Here’s how the top ten looks: 

The town or place I live in is beautiful! (Fully agree, by county) 

Halland 62%

Stockholm 59%

Örebro 54%

Jönköping 52%

Skåne 50%

Uppsala 48%

Västra Götaland 43%

Östergötland 37%

Västerbotten 37%

Södermanland 29% 

So what’s so great about Halland then? Well, miles and miles of coastline set against the lovely Kattegat strait go a long way to explaining the locals’ satisfaction. 

Between two piers in Torkelstrop, Halland. Photo: Mikael Tigerström

And if we cast our minds back to June, three towns in Halland graced the top ten in the rankings for Sweden’s best summer city: Halmstad, Falkenberg and Varberg. 

A month earlier, little Varberg was named the best municipality in Sweden. 

READ MORE: Ten reasons why Varberg is the best place in Sweden

As for Sweden’s most beautiful buildings, here’s how respondents voted: 

Visby City Wall 13%

Visby, a stunning medieval city on the Baltic island of Gotland, is a Unesco World Heritage site and this well-preserved defensive fortification is one of the main attractions. 

Photo: Emelie Asplund/imagebank.sweden.se

Drottningholm Palace 11%

Also on the Unesco list, this palace is fit for a king. Which is just as well, since Sweden’s King and Queen live here. 

Photo: Melker Dahlstrand/imagebank.sweden.se

Stockholm City Hall 7%

This magnificent red-brick structure stands proudly on the shores of Riddarfjärden and plays host each year to the Nobel Prize banquet. 

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Photo: Werner Nystrand/Folio/imagebank.sweden.se

The High Coast Bridge 7%

Sweden’s High Coast is a stunning place to visit and this nearly 20-year-old suspension bridge serves as a worthy gateway. 

Photo: Helena Wahlman/imagebank.sweden.se

READ MORE: Five gorgeous gems on Sweden's High Coast

Uppsala Cathedral 6%

First built in the 13th century the cathedral, which has undergone several restorations since then, looms impressively over the popular university city. 

Photo: Mark Harris/imagebank.sweden.se

READ MORE: Five things that make Uppsala a superb university city

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