Swedish midsummer nights, obviously gluten-free, overlooking Lake Malären and the Baltic Sea. Stockholm is one of the liveliest cities in the world
, much more than you might think, and is definitely recommended as a place to visit if you suffer from coeliac disease
With its location far to the north it seems a little “out of the way”, and Stockholm certainly isn’t the first destination you think of when planning a trip...and that is a big mistake! Stockholm stands on 14 islands connected to one another by 53 bridges
, and is without a doubt one of the loveliest capitals in the world
. With just 800,000 inhabitants, it is the largest city in Scandinavia and offers plenty of entertainment, culture and nightlife. The updated program of all the events and shows is listed every Wednesday in the På Stan section of the daily paper Dagens Nyhet.
In the summer months
, the mild, long Swedish nights are the ideal period for a vacation
in Stockholm, to enjoy a walk along the magnificent streets of the old town
or along the city’s waterways. Already in spring, with the first warm rays start to appear after the long dark winter months, the city awakens from its hibernation. As soon as the warm weather starts, tables appear in front of the bars and restaurants, long before any European would ever think of sitting outside....but the Swedes are made of stronger fiber!
With the introduction of the Euro, the infamous Scandinavian prices, at least in Sweden, got closer to the European average
. Stockholm certainly isn’t economical, but if you don’t want to risk going broke you will just have to resist the temptations of the local shops. The vast offering of restaurants ranges from little taverns to high class restaurants. The nearness to the water, and the fact that salmon can be caught in the city, has one large, important consequence: a diet rich in sea food! The Swedish coeliac association, Svenska Celiaki-förbundet ( www.celiaki.se
) does not indicate an actual guide to the restaurants for people who suffer from gluten-intolerance or are allergic to grain.
However, on the page http://www.celiaki.se/visiting-sweden
you can find information about the general situation.
For practical suggestions, it is a good idea to get in touch with the local associations. In Sweden, as elsewhere in Scandinavia, English is spoken and understood everywhere. It is always a good idea to bring some travel cards in Swedish
, however, although in general, there is seldom any problem with English.