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Basic information

  • Area: 335.14 km² (129.4 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: +4640
  • Currency: Swedish krona (SEK)
  • Population (EST): 290,078
  • Official language: Swedish
  • Time Zone: CET (UTC+1)

Malmö – Overview

Malmö is a province located in southern Sweden, overlooking the Öresund Strait, just 15 miles away from Denmark’s capital city of Copenhagen. The city covers over 120 square miles and it is inhabited by 290,000 people, which makes it the third largest city in Sweden, after Stockholm and Gothenburg. Malmö was originally one of the earliest industrialized towns in Scandinavia, now it has transformed into a thriving multi-cultural city, full of sights and activities for visitors of all ages.

Shopaholics should visit the enormous Triangle Mall, which has 78 shops and restaurants all under a spectacular glass roof. The mall is located in the heart of Malmö, within walking distance of the Central Train Station. For a more personal shopping experience head to Formagruppen, which is a gallery and shop that showcases work from over 20 professional artists and handicraft makers. Label lovers will adore Baltzar City, which is a commercial street filled with exclusive designer brands.

The city is full of historical architecture from the 14th century Saint Paul's Church to the beautiful half-timbered houses in Lilla Torg. Several Museums offer an insight into the rich cultural history and have comprehensive guided tours in the English Language. Malmö is also home to some impressive modern architecture, such as the 3 mile long Öresund bridge and the futuristic HSB Turning Torso skyscraper.

Malmö has a large selection of dining options that cater for all tastes and budgets. Visitors wishing to sample some traditional Swedish cuisine should take a trip to Restaurant Trio, which serves up delicious gourmet dishes in stunning surroundings. Swedish cuisine is generally practical and centers around fresh seasonal produce such as kale, potatoes, cabbage, loganberries, pickled fish, crayfish and beef. Famous dishes include Gravlax (seasoned smoked salmon), Palt (dumplings filled with pork), and Korv Stroganoff (Sauteed sausages in a thick sauce). The city also has a number of International Restaurants which offer authentic dishes from Spain, France, Thailand and even Vietnam.

The area has an oceanic climate, which is relatively mild partly thanks to warm air that is pushed up from the Gulf Stream. Summer generally lasts from May to September, when temperatures usually average around the low twenties and visitors can enjoy up to 17 hours of daylight a day. Winters are cold, with temperatures regularly dropping below 0°C, with snowfall most common between December and March. Rainfall occurs all year round, so pack an umbrella just in case!

Malmö has all the modern facilities to make your trip run smoothly, including 24 hour ATM’s in the city centre, several Bureau De Change booths, a Tourist Information Centre and several Internet cafes that offer high speed connections from 15 SEK per hour.