The City of Parks

By: Douglas Scott

Malmo is the third largest city in Sweden, won back for Sweden from Denmark by Karl X in the seventeenth century. The city of Malmo, the capital of the Swedish southern most province Skane. It is called the City of Parks, and of all the Swedish cities it have the highest concentration of restaurants per capita.

It is the commercial centre of southern Sweden and an international city. This is expressed, not least, by the fact that Malmo has 270.000 residents who speak some 100 languages and are of 164 different nationalities.

Lilla Torg know as the Little Square is famous among other things for its out door bars and cafes in the summer time, and is a perfect starting point from which to discover the old town encircled by the city's canals, as well as the town centre for shopping, entertainment and over 300 cafes and restaurants.

The Lilla Torg combines the old world charm with bars, restaurants and shops in attractive surroundings. The old buildings that surround it, some dating from the 16th Century. The new is the myriad of out door cafes that draw large crowds at lunch and in the evening. The pavement are the original cobblestones, so worn are they that, despite the out door cafes, you feel as if you have stepped back in time.

Many restaurants have live bands a couple of times a week, and the club scene is also live and kicking in Malmo. The age-limit for most clubs is 23 for women and 25 for men.

The Malmo card is your best option if you want to make the most of your visit to Malmo. The card entitles you to free rides on local buses, free parking and free entrance to Malmo Museums.

Malmo is taken over by a friendly, festive crowd in the third week of August. The Malmo Festival is the largest annual event taking place in southern Sweden and attracts over 1.5 million visitors. The Festival's opening ceremony takes place at Stortorget 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 to suit all tastes on out door stages or in music marquees all around the city centre

The Oresund Bridge is one of Europe's largest bridges. It has a length of 7845 meters and 558 meters of viaduct at the Pepparholm Island. The bridge was opened in 2000.

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