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Sweden's capital city, Stockholm, is pictured in this SPOT-5 image, acquired on 16 March 2015.

As the capital city, Stockholm is a centre of culture and economy in Sweden, and one of the largest cities in this region of Europe. It currently has an estimated total population of 1.4 million.

The city sprawls across fourteen islands in the Stockholm Archipelago, which is situated on Sweden's south-eastern coast. This has earned it the nickname 'Venice of the North'.

Stockholm has a reputation for its quality of education, with well-regarded universities. It also hosts the Nobel Prize ceremonies each year, initiated by the famous Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel in 1895.

The city is renowned as one of the world's cleanest, due to its very small amount of heavy industry and abundance of parks and greenery.

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Credit: CNES 2015 - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved


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