The Capital of Skane

By: Douglas Scott

Malmo is an international city and the commercial centre of southern Sweden. Sweden's third-largest city, a busy port across the Oresund sound is now linked by the Oresund Bridge from Copenhagen and is the capital of Skane.

The strongest sectors in Malmo are logistics, retail and wholesale trade, construction, and property. There are also a number of well-known companies within biotechnology and medical technology, environmental technology, IT, and digital media fields.

Malmo University was founded in 1998 and is today Swedens eighth largest university of undergraduate studies.

Lilla Torg the Little Square is famous among other things for its outdoor cafes and bars in the summer time, and is a perfect starting point from which to discover the old town encircled by the city's canals.

With over 600 restaurants, cafes and fast food servings to choose from in Malmo, the choice might prove a difficult one. The Mollevangen area in the city is the best place for a night out.

From May to September, locals head for Folkets Park the People's Park. Which is an amusement grounds and pleasure gardens, dancing pavilions, vaudeville performances, and open-air concerts and attracts big crowds.

The main pedestrian shopping street is Sodergatan, which leads south of Stortorget toward the canal.

The Old Town is encircled by canals and is where most of the main attractions are located

In the third week of August every year, the centre of Malmo is taken over by a friendly, festive crowd. The Malmo Festival is the largest annual event taking place in southern Sweden and attracts some 1.5 million visitors. The Festival's opening ceremony takes place in the Main Square, where the biggest crayfish party in the world is held. For eight days and seven nights, you can enjoy music and entertainment on a out door stages or in music marquees.

Malmo is often called a city of parks. Pildammsparken, Kungsparken, Slottsparken and Beijers Park are all situated right in the middle of the city. Water channels run through the parks where you can take a boats tour a round the city. The oldest of the parks in Malmo is Kungsparken.

Malmohus Castle, is Sweden oldest surviving renaissance castle and a monument from Malmo's Danish period. This castle houses four museums on the inside. You can find the Natural History Museum, City Museum, the Aquarium and Tropicarium, and the Konstmuseet inside. On the outside is quintessential castle moat.

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