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Full nameStockholm
Official nameStockholm
ProvinceSödermanland and Uppland
CountyStockholm County
Stockholm Municipality
Huddinge Municipality
Järfälla Municipality
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Haninge Municipality
Tyresö Municipality
Sundbyberg Municipality
Nacka Municipality
Danderyd Municipality
First mention1252
Charter13th century
Total Area72.6 sq mi (188 km2)
Urban Area147.3 sq mi (381.6 km2)
Metro Area2516.3 sq mi (6519 km2)
Total Population851155 (2010-03-31)
Density (pop.)auto/km2 (0/sq mi)
Urban (pop.)1372565
Metro (pop.)2063945
Other information
Time zoneCET (UTC+1)
- Summer (DST)CEST (UTC+2)
Area code+46-8

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Stockholm (-svˈstɔkːˈhɔlm, ˈstɔkːˈɔlm, ˈstɔkːɔlm ( )) is the capital and the largest city of Sweden and constitutes the most populated urban area in Scandinavia. It is the site of the national Swedish government, the Riksdag (parliament), and the official residence of the Swedish monarch as well as the prime minister. Since 1980, the monarch has resided at Drottningholm Palace outside of Stockholm and uses the Royal Palace of Stockholm as his workplace and official residence. As of 2010, the Stockholm metropolitan area is home to approximately 22% of Sweden's population. Stockholm is the most populous city in Sweden, with a population of 851,155 in the municipality (2010), 1.37 million in the urban area (2010), and around 2.1 million in the 6519 km2 (6519000000 m2) metropolitan area (2010).

Founded no later than circa 1250, possibly as early as 1187, Stockholm has long been one of Sweden's cultural, media, political, and economic centres. Its strategic location on 14 islands on the south-central east coast of Sweden at the mouth of Lake Mälaren, by the Stockholm archipelago, has been historically important. Stockholm has been nominated by GaWC as a global city, with a ranking of Alpha-. In The 2008 Global Cities Index, Stockholm ranked 24th in the world, 10th in Europe, and first in Scandinavia. Stockholm is known for its beauty, its buildings and architecture, its abundant clean and open water, and its many parks. It is sometimes referred to as Venice of the North.

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