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Skåne landscape outside Helsingborg.
Western harbour, Malmö, with Santiago Calatrava's Turning Torso to the right.

Scania (Swedish: Skåne, [1]) is the southernmost province in Sweden, and part of the Götaland region. It is known for its rich agricultural fields, its old history, long beaches, Danish heritage and a remarkable local accent.

Major cities

  • Malmö is Skåne's largest city, and the regional center, connected to Copenhagen by the Öresund bridge.
  • Helsingborg is at the narrow Öresund strait, with a short ferry route to Helsingör, Denmark
  • Kristianstad dominates northern Skåne.
  • Lund is a medieval university town with a cathedral.
  • Simrishamn
  • Trelleborg is Sweden's southernmost town, with ferry lines to Germany and Poland
  • Ystad is the home of fictional detective Kurt Wallander, created by Henning Mankell
  • Ängelholm - Known for its 6km long beach and for clay pigeons - a kind of ocarina

Other destinations



If you're a beginner Swedish speaker and don't speak it really well, do not by any means practice your Swedish here, since the local accent is very hard to understand, particularly outside of the larger cities, often even for native Swedish speakers. This accent, characterized by its numerous diphtongs, can be traced back to the ancient local language Scanian, which has largely been replaced by Standard Swedish with the accent, albeit with some old Scanian words still in use. If you do try to speak Swedish anyway, ask them to write the answer, as the written language is the same.

The good news is that English is spoken by nearly everyone, including most of the elderly.

Get in

Øresundsbron bridge connecting Denmark and Skåne.

By plane

  • Copenhagen Airport (Kastrup) [2] (IATA: CPH) in Denmark, is the main international airport of the area, located just across the Øresundsbron bridge connecting Denmark and Sweden. A 20 minute trip by train, bus or car takes you from Copenhagen Airport to Skåne. Skånetrafiken [3] trains run from Copenhagen Airport to Malmö and Skåne every 20 minutes, a one way ticket costs around 100 SEK (10 Euro).
  • Malmö Airport (Sturup) [4], located 25 kilometres east of Malmö, has air traffic from Stockholm, Hungary, Poland amongst others. There are Flygbussarna airport coaches [5] connections to the cities of Malmö and Lund.

By boat

Scania is connected to Germany, Denmark and Poland by car ferry.

  • TT-Line[6] runs services to Travemünde and Rostock (Germany) daily.
  • Scandlines [7] runs daily services to Sassnitz and Rostock (Germany).
  • Scandlines [8] and HH-Ferries [9] runs daily services to Elsinore (Denmark). The trip takes about 20 minutes and the ships run at least every hour 24/7. Daytime there is a departure every 15 minutes.
  • Unity Line [10] and Polferries [11] run daily services to Swinoujscie (Poland).

Get around

Skånetrafiken [12] provides comprehensive rail and bus service in the region.

The flat terrain and limited distance allow Skåne to be explored on bicycle.


Sofiero palace & gardens
  • Sofiero [13] - a palace and gardens just north of Helsingborg, a former royal summer residence and renowned as one of Europe's largest collections of rhododendrons, more than 10,000 plants with 500 different varieties.
  • Lund's Cathedral [14]- the foremost Romanesque cathedral in the Nordic Region. Awarded three stars in the Michelin tourist guide.
  • Glimmingehus [15] - the best-preserved medieval castle in the Nordic region.
  • Skåne Zoo [16] - the only Scandinavian zoo with Scandinavian animals only



  • Hike on Skåneleden.
  • Golf. From the centre of Skåne you can reach around 70 golf courses in 50 minutes. Choose from European Tour favourites and tranquil, friendly golf clubs. Barsebäck [17], host of the Solheim Cup 2003, is classed as the best golf course in Sweden. PGA of Sweden National Golf Resort [18] close to Malmö is considered one of the best golfing centres of northern Europe.


In all of Sweden Scania is most known for the culinary arts. Malmö offers a wide selection of restaurants and Helsingborg is widely considered the culinary capital of Sweden, while the region of Österlen has alot to offer in the way of food. A local southern specialty is Spettekaka, a dry egg and sugar based dessert that is a must try for anyone visiting the region.


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