This is the sunniest place in Sweden this summer

Sweden's sunniest place this summer was a small island where hardly anyone lives.

This is the sunniest place in Sweden this summer
This article also contains a handy Swedish vocabulary list. Photo: Dan Hansson/SvD/TT

Public broadcaster SVT's annual Sun League contest – which ranks Swedish weather stations according to hours of sunshine recorded – is almost as much of a tradition in the world of Swedish summer weather news as whether or not it will rain on Midsummer's Eve.

This year it was Svenska Högarna in the outskirts of the Stockholm archipelago that took home the prize, with 618 hours of sunshine recorded between Midsummer and August 15th.

Without a commercial ferry, the island – which is as far east as you can practically get in the Swedish capital's archipelago – is often said to be Sweden's most isolated populated area.

According to SVT, four people were registered as living there in 2015.

It nearly found itself beaten by Luleå as the summer's sunniest spot, but a late-season rainfall (which was not unwelcome after a dry summer) saw the northern Swedish city remain at 580 hours of sunshine.

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Hoburg on the southernmost tip of Gotland came in third with 572 hours of sunshine. The island of Gotland has won the Sun League 12 times since the competition started in 1990.


The Sun League – Solligan

sunshine – (ett) solsken

archipelago – (en) skärgård

east – ost or öster

ferry – (en) färja

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So did Sweden beat its all-time temperature record on Thursday? Not quite

Sweden on Thursday came close to beating its 75-year-old temperature record, but fell short by just under one degree with a top temperature of 37.2C.

So did Sweden beat its all-time temperature record on Thursday? Not quite

The village of Målilla in Småland came close to beating the 38C heat record it set in 1947, logging a temperature of 37.2C. 

“It’s the highest temperature recorded in Sweden since 1947,” Mattias Lind, a meteorologist at Sweden’s state forecaster SMHI, told the country’s TT newswire. 


As the punishing heat seen across the rest of Europe briefly rose up to touch Sweden, several cities beat their own records, with Linköping setting a new record with a 36.9C temperature. The city of Jönköping, with 35.3C, recorded the highest temperature since records began in 1858. 

Even the north of Sweden saw the mercury rise above 30C, with Gävle recording a temperature of 33.5C.

Temperatures are forecast to drop significantly on Friday, sinking below 20C across the country on Saturday, with thunder storms expected in many areas.