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Where meetings get Scandi-cool


April 23, 2024

When it comes to hosting meetings and events, few cities can rival the charm, efficiency, and cultural richness of Stockholm, Sweden's vibrant capital. Nestled across 14 islands on the sparkling waters of Lake Mälaren, Stockholm offers a captivating blend of historical grandeur, modern sophistication, and breathtaking natural beauty, making it an ideal destination for gatherings of all kinds.

What sets Stockholm apart as a meetings and events destination is its unique blend of old-world charm and modern innovation, coupled with a strong emphasis on sustainability, design, and quality of life. From its picturesque waterfronts and historic landmarks to its thriving cultural scene and progressive attitudes, Stockholm offers a dynamic and inclusive environment that inspires creativity, fosters connections, and leaves a lasting impression on visitors from near and far.

View on the old town from the air

Why Stockholm?

Sometimes referred to as the ‘World’s smallest big city’, the Swedish capital is a bustling hub for meeting and events, particularly in Europe. Its central location makes it perfect for business travelers, with flights from 180 destinations both nationally and internationally. Naturally, it makes for an ideal destination for incentive travel and conferences, especially with vast amounts of natural beauty and the city’s clean and compact nature. In true style, Stockholm is home to some of the most innovative and grand venues that are combined with dazzling waterways and incomparable views, making it a sort after destination for large-scale events.  

Gamla Stan to green Spaces: Stockholm's venue extravaganza

Stockholm boasts a smorgasbord of venues suitable for meetings and events, ranging from sleek conference centers to historic landmarks and even unconventional spaces that add a touch of magic to any gathering. Here’s our pick of some of the standout venues:

  • Stockholm Waterfront Congress Center is a popular space for meetings and events, especially with its ideal location in the heart of Stockholm, near the central station and Arlanda Express. The center boasts over 14,000 square meters (about half the area of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool) of meeting space, allowing you to host meetings from two to 3,000 attendees. Situated by the waterfront, it offers stunning views of the city skyline, as well as state-of-the-art facilities and versatile event spaces for conferences, conventions, and exhibitions.
  • Fotografiska is a contemporary photography museum with a unique event space overlooking the harbor. It's ideal for receptions, product launches, and networking events with a creative flair.
  • Berns Hotel is a historic landmark with a modern twist, located in the heart of Stockholm. The spaces are very elegant, including the mesmerizing Berns Asian restaurant and terrace.
  • Skansen Open-Air Museum: Immerse your guests in Swedish history and culture by organizing an event at Skansen, the world's oldest open-air museum. Set against the stunning backdrop of Djurgården Island, this venue offers a range of charming indoor and outdoor spaces amidst traditional Swedish architecture.
  • Nobel Prize Museum: Pay homage to human achievement and innovation by hosting your event at the Nobel Prize Museum. Located in the heart of Gamla Stan (Stockholm's Old Town), this iconic venue celebrates the laureates of the Nobel Prizes and offers elegant spaces for meetings, lectures, and receptions.
  • Some of the major hotels have made their home in Stockholm to support the demand for meetings and events spaces in the city, such as Radisson Blu Waterfront or Nordic Light Hotel. Both hotels are international meeting points, with everything under one roof. Inspiration comes from the interiors, with modern design meeting spaces and innovative technological solutions. The Radisson Blu Waterfront is conveniently located near the Waterfront Congress Center, making it ideal for event attendees to stay when visiting Stockholm too. The Nordic Light Hotel stands out for its contemporary design, focused around light. You can even adapt meeting spaces with light to offer a change in mood at the touch of a button.

Gamla Stan - the Old Town

The Waterfront Congress Center

Skansen Open Air Museum

Iconic sites for unforgettable experiences:

  • Gamla Stan (Old Town)
    Lose yourself in the cobblestone streets and medieval charm of Gamla Stan, Stockholm's Old Town, home to iconic landmarks such as the Royal Palace and Storkyrkan Cathedral. Wander on your own through cobblestone streets and medieval alleys or opt for a hosted walking tour, scavenger hunt, or themed dinner in historic venues.
  • Vasa Museum
    Located on the island of Djurgården, this maritime museum displays the only almost fully intact 17th-century ship that has ever been salvaged, the 64-gun warship Vasa that sank on her maiden voyage in 1628. Arrange private viewings or cocktail receptions amidst the museum's maritime treasures. Step back in time at Skansen, the world's oldest open-air museum and zoo showcasing Swedish culture and heritage before the industrial era. The museum can be the center of team-building activities or traditional Swedish dinners in a picturesque setting.
  • Fika Culture
    Embrace the Swedish tradition of fika – a coffee break accompanied by pastries or snacks – at one of Stockholm's cozy cafes.

Swedish sweet pastries and coffee

Creative events galore

Stockholm is known for its creativity, sustainability, and its fashion-forward ways. The Swedish citizens take pride in their appearance, and as a result, this has led to a growth of fashion influencers and bloggers. With a lot of fashion influencers that inspire Stockholm, Europe and the rest of the globe, it is the perfect place to host a creative event, especially a product launch or experiential event. Creativity also shines through our CWT Meeting & Event planners, who are ready to take your event to the next level with new, spectacular and innovative ideas.

Välkommen to the city where meetings and events become extraordinary experiences.



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