Welcome to Malmo
Sweden's third largest city, Malmö is a busy port that has
alternated between Swedish and Danish control throughout its
900-year history. It's location at the southern tip of Sweden, and
close proximity to Copenhagen, contribute to its reputation as the
most diverse and cosmopolitan city in Sweden. Visitors to Malmö
enjoy a mixture of Swedish heritage and diverse culture in the form
of cuisine, music, art and festivals.
Downtown Malmö is centred around three public squares, which
boast unique attractions. At Big Square you'll find beautiful
buildings and statues going back to the 16th century, Little Square
has a number of bustling restaurants that spill out onto the
pavement, and Gustav Adolf's Square has a number of shops and is a
good place to access the pretty Slottsparken Park.
There are a number of attractions in Malmö for sightseers,
including museums dedicated to technology and art; beautiful
churches such as St Peter's Church, St Johannes Church and the
Malmö Synagogue; historical buildings including Malmöhus Castle and
City Hall (
Radhuset); and interesting modern buildings like the
Turning Torso skyscraper. The City has many public parks as well:
Pildammsparken and Kungsparken are tranquil and nice for a picnic,
while Folketsparken has a small amusement park with rides and other
attractions. Malmö's beaches are also very popular during the
Sightseeing and shopping intertwine in Malmö's diverse
neighbourhoods. Just south of the city centre, Möllevångstorget
Square is the centre of an Asian and Middle Eastern neighbourhood
with many shops and restaurants, and open-air market on weekends.
Gamla Väster has a number of sophisticated boutiques and galleries.
The main shopping plazas include HansaCompagniet, Triangeln, and
Malmö's restaurants and nightlife share its cosmopolitan
reputation, with cuisine from all over the world represented and a
wide array of pubs, nightclubs and bars to choose from. Lilla Torg
is the centre of Malmö nightlife, but Möllevångstorget is the area
to try if you're on a budget.
At only 35 minutes' journey from Denmark, Malmö is closer to
Copenhagen than it is to the other major cities in Sweden. It comes
as no surprise that Malmö is a popular stop on any Scandinavian
holiday, and thousands of visitors each year fall in love with this
Information & Facts
Swedish is the main language, with Lapp being spoken by
the Sami population in the north. Most Swedes speak and understand
English. Many also speak German and French.
The Swedish monetary unit is the Kronor/Krona or Crown (SEK),
which is divided into 100 öre. Banks exchange money during business
hours from Monday to Friday. At other times money can be changed at
airports, ferry terminals, post offices and Forex exchange offices,
which are open daily. There are numerous ATMs throughout the
country, most of which accept MasterCard and Visa. Travellers
cheques and most major credit cards are widely accepted for payment
GMT +1 (GMT +2 from the last Sunday in March to the last
Sunday in October).