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Stockholm/Southern Suburbs

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The southern suburbs of Stockholm, Söderort or Söder om Söder, is the part of Stockholm municipality that lies south of Södermalm, at the northern edge of the Södertörn peninsula.


Most of the area consists of apartment row houses, built up during the mid-20th century parallel with the subway. The waterfront used to be industrialized, but since the 1990s much of the area has been re-developed into affluent neighbourhoods such as Hammarby Sjöstad and Liljeholmen.

Get in[edit]

The area is well served by public transport. See Stockholm#Public transport. Local trains call at Älvsjö and Farsta strand stations.

Hammarby sjöstad is served by light rail and local passenger ferries.

See[edit][add listing]

The Globe
  • The Globe, Globen, officially Ericsson Globe, Globentorget (T Globen) [2]. Located just south of Södermalm, and claiming to be the world's largest hemispheric building with 110 metres across, "the Globe" has been one of the most eye-catching features of the Stockholm skyline since its inauguration in 1989. It is frequently used for ice hockey games but also for other sporting events, as well as concerts and galas.
    • Skyview is an elevator at the outside of the arena, to the very top, with a panoramic view of Stockholm. The ride lasts 20 minutes, and costs 130 SEK for adults, and 100 SEK for children and seniors. [3]
  • Skogskyrkogården, the Woodland Cemetery (T Skogskyrkogården) [4]. Skogskyrkogården is a UNESCO World Heritage site, famous for its architecture. The two architects Gunnar Asplund (who later also would design the Stockholm Public Library) and Sigurd Lewerentz were 30 years old when they won the architecture competition in 1915. All chapels and other main buildings are designed by Asplund, with the exception of the Chapel of Resurrection, designed by Lewerentz, the landscape architect. The site also features works of art by famous Swedish artists such as Sven Erixson, Carl Milles and Otto Sköld. With some 100,000 graves spanning 102 hectares, Skogskyrkogården is the second largest cemetery in Sweden. The film star Greta Garbo is one of several notables buried there. In addition to the large Christian Protestant section, there are also Orthodox, Catholic, Jewish and Muslim sections. Around All Saints' Day, the cemetery is full of candles.
  • Färgfabriken, Lövholmsbrinken 1 (T Liljeholmen, Tvärbanan tram to Trekanten), +46 8 645 07 07 [5]. Open Th-Su noon-18:00 (closed for much of the summer). An exhibition hall housed in an old paint factory from 1889 (the name translates to "the paint factory"), calling itself "laboratory of the contemporary". It is perhaps one of Sweden's most interesting scenes for contemporary art. Unfortunately, it is closed for most of the summer.
  • University College of Art, Crafts and Design (Konstfack), LM Ericssons väg 14 (T Telefonplan), +46 8 450 41 00 [6].
  • Hammarby Sjöstad is a neighbourhood founded in the 1990s, just about to be completed, intended to be ground-breaking in sustainable development, with a waterfront suitable for pedestrians.
  • Högtalstoppen [7] (T Hökarängen), man-made hills offering views over southern Stockholm.
  • Snösätra is a rundown industrial area decorated with huge grafitti paintings. Check it out before it's torn down! The address is Snösätragränd and it's about a kilometer from the closest subway station. (T Rågsved) [8]

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Hammarby play their home games at Tele2 Arena, nicknamed Nya Söderstadion ("New Söderstadion"), (T Globen), just south of the inner city, and the southern suburbs (and Södermalm) is the area connected with the club. The club's home games are known for their atmosphere.
  • Djurgården and AIK play their ice hockey home games at Hovet, (T Globen).
  • Stockholm International Horse Show [9]. A major international indoor equestrian event, held annually in the Stockholm Globe Arena, featuring the World Cup in dressage, show jumping and World Cup Four in Hand driving.
  • Stockholm International Fairs, Stockholmsmässan, [10] in Älvsjö, an exhibition center for business and hobby conventions.
  • Hammarbybacken [11] at Hammarby sjöstad (L Sickla kaj), alpine skiing in case of persistent sub-zero temperature. The view from the summit is great around the year.
  • Flottsbrobacken [12] in Huddinge, alpine skiing.
  • Tele2 Arena [13] is a 30,000-seat stadium next to the Globe Arena. (T Globen)
  • Heron City, (T Skärholmen) [14] is an American-style shopping and entertainment venue, with bowling alleys and motion pictures.
  • Highvalley Skateworld, (T Högdalen) a skateboard park, to be expanded.
  • Cyklopen [15] (T Högdalen), an activist center with pubs, markets, lectures, clubs, food, and just about anything. Opening hours vary but Wednesday is pub night 17:00-22:00 with vegetarian (sometimes vegan) food.

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Farsta centrum, (T Farsta), [16]. Open M-F 10:00-20:00, Sa 10:00-18:00, Su 11:00-17:00.
  • Globen Shopping, (T Globen), [17]. Next to the Globe Arena, Globen. Open M-F 10:00-19:00, Sa 10:00-17:00, Su 11:00-17:00.
  • Skärholmen centrum, (T Skärholmen), [18]. Open M-F 10:00-19:00, Sa 10:00-17:00, Su 11:00-17:00.
  • IKEA Kungens kurva, Kungens kurva (walk or take a bus from T Skärholmen). The largest IKEA in the world.

Eat[edit][add listing]

The further south, the more blue-collar neighbourhoods, with cuisine based on fast food and pizza. There's an Indian restaurant by T Tallkrogen and a Thai place by T Hökarängen. The newer neighbourhoods at the waterfront feature sushi bars as well as some fine dining.


  • IKEA Kungens Kurva has the cheapest meals in the area, if you happen to pass by.
  • Cevicheria Aji y Ajo [19], Peruvian food. Tue-Wed 11:00-16:00, Thu-Sat 12:00-21:00. T Hökarängen


  • Zee the Restaurant [20]: Luxury dining with a waterfront view.

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Slakthuset in Slakthusområdet ("the meatpacking district") is, with inspiration from the New York counterpart, a nightclub for alternative dance music. With very casual furnishing, the livestock blood has barely been washed off the walls.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

The hotels at Stockholmsmässan in Älvsjö are heavily booked during events.


  • Globen Villa, Dammtrappgatan 13 (In between metro stations Bloben and Enskede gård), [1]. checkin: 16-18. In this quiet neighbourhood of traditional working-class houses a welcoming lady rents 3 units for bed and breakfast. Two of the units are separate buildings, which are well equipped. The breakfast consists of several fresh things like bread, fruits and drinks. The cabins are cosy and great value. The metro is a 5 minute walk and from there 10 minutes to the main attractions. Short, the location is fine. The units have their own kitchenettes, so you can cook yourself. The supermarket is a 10 minute walk. Discounts apply if you stay longer. 1200 SEK for a weekend from Friday evening to Sunday. 3500 SEK for a week and less if you stay longer. Single night is 600 SEK.  edit
  • Hotel Dialog [21], a no-frills hotel at IKEA.
  • Helen's Bed and Breakfast [22], quiet stay 20 minutes from the city centre. Prices from 350 SEK per night.


  • Quality Hotel Globe [23] next door to the Globe arena.
  • Rica Talk Hotel, Mässvägen 2, (commuter train to Älvsjö) [24]. The Rica Talk Hotel is next door to Stockholm International Fairs, and a short stroll from the Älvsjö station. The hotel is spacious, clean and modern, with the bathrooms extremely pleasing; big bath, good temperature-control shower. All toiletries were in big wall-fixed dispensers, but nice ones, with good quality contents! The breakfast buffet is extensive and plentiful.
  • Park Inn Hammarby Sjöstad [25], is a 15-story hotel in 2000s neighbourhood Hammarby Sjöstad, with a short tram trip to the Globe Arena, and a ferry to central Stockholm.
  • Maude's Hotel [26] near Globen, Stockholmsmässan and Skogskyrkogården.


Stay safe[edit]

At weekend nights, Gullmarsplan is haunted by drunken brawls and drug-dealing (which might occur at other transport hubs too). Avoid unruly strangers, and make contact with the transport crew if there is a problem. Still as safe as any other place in Stockholm.


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