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* Several '''beaches''' for open-water swimming, especially at  Järfälla and Sollentuna.
 
* Several '''beaches''' for open-water swimming, especially at  Järfälla and Sollentuna.
  
* '''AIK''' plays their home games at the large '''Råsunda stadium''', Solnavägen 51 (''T Solna Centrum''), a national football stadium in the north-western bordering town of Solna. The arena is Stockholm's largest, with around 35,000 seats, and although seldom sold out, the club generally attracts the biggest home crowds in Sweden. The stadium will be closed down for demolition in November 2012.
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* '''Friends Arena''', [http://www.friendsarena.se], is the new 50,000-seat stadium for international football games and other event, opened in October, 2012, home arena for the national football team, as well as '''AIK'''.
  
* '''Friends Arena''' is the new stadium for international football games and other event, to open in October, 2012.
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* '''AIK''' plays their home games at the large '''Råsunda stadium''', Solnavägen 51 (''T Solna Centrum''), a national football stadium in the north-western bordering town of Solna. The arena is Stockholm's largest, with around 35,000 seats. The stadium will be closed down for demolition in November 2012.
  
 
* '''Väsjöbacken''' in Sollentuna, alpine skiing during winter.
 
* '''Väsjöbacken''' in Sollentuna, alpine skiing during winter.

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The Northern Suburbs of Stockholm, Norrort, extend north towards Uppsala and Sigtuna. At the south-west they border to Stockholm's western suburbs, and at the east to the Stockholm archipelago and Roslagen.

The area is not as packed with tourist highlights as central Stockholm, but there are forests and waterfront areas for retreating from city-life.

Contents

Understand

The area consists of several municipalities, separate from Stockholm: Danderyd, Täby, Vallentuna, Sollentuna, Upplands-Väsby, Upplands-Bro, Solna, Sundbyberg and Järfälla.

During the Viking Age and Middle Ages, the area was known as Attundaland, an entity surviving only with the fire brigade Brandkåren Attunda and the courthouse Attunda Tingsrätt.

During the 20th century, the area transformed from farms to suburbs. Solna and Sundbyberg are autonomous cities, with rectangular city blocks as well as modernist apartment rows. Helenelund and Danderyd are affluent garden cities.

With the Karolinska Institute, famous for distributing the Nobel Prize in medicine, Solna is a center for health science and biotechnology.

Get in/Get around

Public transport covers most of the region. See Stockholm#Public transport. Roslagsbanan is a narrow-gauge commuter railroad, worn down, but more quaint than regular railroads.

While the suburbs are exempt from congestion tax, the road connections to central Stockholm (from Solna) have toll stations. See Stockholm#Car.

See

  • Hagaparken [1] is a royal palace park in Solna with a rich history, great for picnics. The palace is currently the residence of Crown Princess Victoria.
  • Edsbergs slott [2] is a 17th century palace, today mainly used by the Royal College of Music.
  • Edsvik konsthall [3], an art gallery.
  • Bögsgård [4], a farm in Sollentuna for displaying traditional agriculture. The farm has been featured twice at American The Amazing Race.

Do

  • Several beaches for open-water swimming, especially at Järfälla and Sollentuna.
  • Friends Arena, [5], is the new 50,000-seat stadium for international football games and other event, opened in October, 2012, home arena for the national football team, as well as AIK.
  • AIK plays their home games at the large Råsunda stadium, Solnavägen 51 (T Solna Centrum), a national football stadium in the north-western bordering town of Solna. The arena is Stockholm's largest, with around 35,000 seats. The stadium will be closed down for demolition in November 2012.
  • Väsjöbacken in Sollentuna, alpine skiing during winter.
  • Brukets skidbacke in Järfälla, alpine skiing and snowboarding during winter. [6]
  • Solvalla hippodrome (Free buses from the City Terminal and T Sundbyberg before races, or a 10 min walk from T Rissne) +46 8 635 90 00 [7]. For a day at the races, you can go to Stockholm's hippodrome Solvalla in the northwestern suburbs, watch trotters compete in harness racing, and place some bets. Races are held Wednesday nights and many weekends. The biggest event is the prestigious Elitloppet race [8] at the end of May every year.
    • Elitloppet 2011, May 27-29.
  • Täby galopp, a horse-race track in Täby. [9]

Buy

  • Stockholm Quality Outlet [10], Majorsvägen 2-4, Järfälla (Commuter train to Jakobsberg and then bus 567) [11]. Open M-F 11:00-20:00, Sa 10:00-17:00, Su 11:00-17:00. Close to one of Stockholm's two IKEA stores, in the suburb Barkarby, rather far out northwest of the city center, you will find a factory outlet village that claims to be the first and biggest in the Nordic countries, and promises prices 30 to 60 percent lower than in the city center stores.
  • Täby Centrum, (Roslagsbanan Täby Centrum), [12]. Open daily 10:00-19:00.
  • Solna Centrum, (Hotellgatan Solna Centrum), [13]. Open M-F 10:00-19:00, Sa 10:00-17:00, Su 11:00-17:00.

Eat

Budget

  • IKEA Barkarby: While the IKEA stores are similar around the world, the diners are the cheapest in Sweden, with a two-sandwich breakfast for 10 SEK, and a full meal for 45 SEK.

Splurge

  • Edsbacka krog, Sollentunavägen 220 (Commuter train to Sollentuna, buses 607, 627 to Edsbacka), +46 8 96 33 00 [14]. Open M-F 17:30-24:00, Sa 14:00-24:00 (Edsbacka Krog is closing down Feb 27 2010). Located 15 km north of central Stockholm, Sollentuna’s rather traditionalist Edsbacka Krog is the only Swedish restaurant with two stars in the Michelin Guide Rouge. Extensive wine list. Mains 370-420 SEK, menus 750-1200 SEK.
  • Stallmästaregården, [15] is Stockholm's oldest surviving inn.

Drink

As most residents venture to central Stockholm for nightlife, the suburbs mostly contain local hangouts and hotel bars. A few places beyond the usual are:

  • Garbo [16] in Sundbyberg might be the most lively nightclub in suburban Stockholm. As 50% of Sundbyberg households are singles[17] (reputedly the highest portion for any city in the world), this is the place for pick-up artists.
  • Several sport bars around Råsunda Arena; crowded on game days.

Sleep

Splurge

  • Radisson Blu Royal Park Hotel [18] in Hagaparken, Solna.

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