Stockholm is the capital of Sweden and the most populous city in the Nordic region (about 1 million people in the municipality and 2.2 million in the metropolitan area). Stockholm is the cultural, media, political, and economic centre of Sweden – a world city and leader in both technology & science. Due to its beauty and the surrounding water, Stockholm is often referred to as Venice of the North, and it has the best air quality of all major cities of Europe.
Uppsala is Sweden’s fourth largest city and home to one of the country’s most prestigous univiersities. The city has a long history and as a result several historical monuments and buildings. Some of the most famous are the cathedral, the castle, museum Gustavianum, the botanic garden, the ancient royal burial mounds as well as the university. Uppsala was also home to the worldwide renowned scientist and botanist Carl von Linné (1707-1778) who laid the foundations for the modern biological naming scheme of binomial nomenclature.