Have you heard of the 7 wonders of Sweden? You’re probably familiar with the 7 wonders of the world, where the Giza pyramids and Machu Picchu are included, but not everyone knows about the Swedish wonders.
The lists have been selected after Swedes voting in polls by Aftonbladet, P1, and the magazine called “Tidskriften Betong” who let their readers choose their winners.
In this article, you can read more about the 7 wonders of Sweden, and further down I will share my personal selections as well.
Which are the 7 wonders of Sweden?
Aftonbladet, the biggest newspaper in Sweden made a poll with more than 80 000 votes between 8 July and 9 July in 2007. This is the largest survey where the Swedes were able to vote for landmarks to be named a wonder of Sweden.
- Göta Canal
- Visby City Wall
- Vasa Ship
- Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi
- Turning Torso
- Øresund Bridge (Öresundsbron)
Other candidates that one could choose from in the poll from Aftonbladet: Kirunagruvan, Ales stenar, Läckö slott, Drottningholms slott, Högakustenbron, Kalmar slott, Uppsala domkyrka, Inlandsbanan, E4, Ölandsbron, Varbergs fästning, Vadstena kloster, Rökstenen, Feskekôrka, Varnhems klosterkyrka, Skara domkyrka, Trollhätte kanal, Kulturhuset i Ytterjärna, Habo kyrka, Kaknästornet, Lunds domkyrka, Stockholms stadion and Karlsborgs fästning.
7 wonders of Sweden by P1 (Swedish radio)
However, the first poll was arranged by the Swedish Radio P1. It was done for 3 weeks in May 2007. Nearly 4000 votes were submitted by postcard and e-mail. In total, this poll had 21 candidates to choose from.
- Göta canal
- Ales stenar
- Malmö mosque
- Lund Cathedral
- Visby city wall
- Rock carvings in Tanum
Other nominated landmarks included the following: Kiviksgraven, Glimmingehus, Älvsborgs fästning, Rökstenen, Alsnöhus, Regalskeppet Vasa, Stockholms stadion, Vaxholms fästning, Gamla Uppsala, Sala silvergruva, Gammelstads kyrkstad, Vattenkraftverket i Porjus and Malmbanan between Luleå-Narvik.
Tidskriften Betong: Swedish wonders made by concrete
The Magazine called “Tidskriften Betong” also asked their readers to vote on the 7 wonders of Sweden. However, for this poll, only landmarks made of concrete were nominated. Around 3000 people participated in this survey.
- Øresund Bridge
- Sandö bridge
- Turning Torso
- Svampen in Örebro
- New Svinesund bridge
Other nominated landmarks in concrete: Skissernas museum, Uppsala Business Park, Dunkers kulturhus, Årstabron, VillAnn, Skurubron, Myrstedts matthörna, Götatunneln, Berwaldhallen, Stockholms tunnelbana, Concrete, Västerortskyrkan, Gävle krematorium and Villa Gadelius.
More information about the Swedish wonders
Visby City Wall
The city wall of Visby is a medieval city wall, located on the island of Gotland with a height of up to 11 meters. The oldest part of the wall dates back to the 12th century and the whole structure is an important part of the city’s World Heritage status.
Originally, the city wall had 29 larger towers and 22 or 23 smaller towers. Nowadays, there are 27 larger and 9 smaller towers intact. The wall has a total length of 3,6 kilometers.
Göta Canal is the largest building project ever in Sweden, consisting of a 190,5-kilometer long canal with 58 locks. The construction was started in 1818 and finished in 1832.
The dream of a canal from East to West was already something that came up to talks in the 16th century. However, it took 300 years before an actual plan was realized. The Göta Canal goes from Sjötorp by Vänern to Mem by Slätbaken.
The Vasa Ship is preserved at the Vasa Museum in Stockholm. The ship made its maiden voyage in 1628 but sunk shortly thereafter outside Beckaholmen. It was fully stocked for its journey, so thanks to this, thousands of objects were preserved.
However, it remained at the bottom for more than 300 years. It wasn’t until 1961 that she was salvaged. Since 1990, The Royal Vasa Ship is part of the permanent exhibition at Vasa museum, which attracts millions of visitors each year.
The ship is a great symbol for the Swedish Empire and its great power during the 17th century. Furthermore, it’s the only ship of its kind that has been preserved, which makes it an invaluable source to learn more about life at sea during this time period.
Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi
The Ice Hotel or Ishotellet, as it’s called in Swedish is a unique hotel in Sweden, that has become famous worldwide. Every year a new Ice hotel is being built in Jukkasjärvi with new sculptures and designs.
It’s a true masterpiece where you get the chance to experience the cold force of nature. Those who stay overnight will do so in a room made of ice, including the bed. Guests are sleeping reindeer skin in a warm and comfy sleeping bag.
Nowadays, there are several ice hotels around the world, but this is the original. I definitely agree that this hotel is one of the wonders of Sweden.
Turning Torso is currently the tallest building in Sweden and that is probably enough to be counted as Swedish wonder. When it was completed in 2005, it was also the first skyscraper in the world with a twisting design.
Since then, Turning Torso has inspired several modern skyscrapers around the world. The building has also put Malmö on the world map like a modern city. The tallest point of the structure is 190,4 meters, which also makes it one of the tallest buildings in the Nordics.
Øresund Bridge (Öresundsbron)
Öresundsbron opened in the year 2000 and thereby connected southern Sweden with Denmark. The bridge connection allows both train and vehicles to cross, which has made it much easier and convenient to travel around the region of Öresund.
The bridge is the longest bridge in the Nordics with a total length of 15,9 kilometers (where 7,8 km bridge and 4,1 km tunnel). Öresundsbron has also made it possible for Swedes to travel directly by train to Kastrup airport in Copenhagen, and further on towards Helsingör and other Danish destinations.
In the poll from Aftonbladfet, Globen was also voted as one of the wonders of Sweden. The arena has been a classic icon of the Stockholm skyline. It’s also the world’s largest spherical building and it was inaugurated in 1989, on February 19.
Globen actually consists of several buildings, but most refer to the arena when mentioning “Globen”. The Arena has been used for concerts, events, and Ice Hockey games with a capacity of 16 000 people, or 13 850 people during Ice Hockey games. The building has a total volume of 605 000 cubic meters.
7 wonders of Sweden according to Swedish Nomad
The Ice Hotel was the first hotel made of ice in the world, and it’s a true masterpiece where nature and human-made structures are combined. Turning Torso was the first skyscraper with a twisting design. And the Rök Runestone is one of the most famous runestones in Sweden.
Göta Canal is a fantastic example of engineering and so is Öresundsbron which connects Sweden with Denmark and the rest of the European continent. Both of these structures have contributed to the development of transportation in the country.
The mining suite in Sala silver mine is the world’s deepest hotel room, located 155 meters below the surface. It’s a unique experience to sleep this far below the ground. And that is why I think that it deserves to be named as one of the 7 wonders of Sweden.
Lund Cathedral is an architectonic masterpiece and a church that has been very influential throughout history. If I were to choose the wonders of Sweden, these landmarks would be my choice:
- Ice Hotel
- Turning Torso
- Rök runestone
- Göta Canal
- Øresund Bridge
- Lund Cathedral
- The mining suite in Sala silver mine
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Which of the Swedish wonders have you visited? Leave a comment below!