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For participants and registered accompanying persons

Welcome Reception, Sunday 1 July
Welcome Reception will take place at Stockholm International Fairs on Sunday 1 July at 16.00-20.00. Please note that the Welcome Reception is included in the registration fee for participants and registered accompanying persons, only if marked on the registration form.

Reception at Stockholm City Hall, Monday 2 July
From any part of Stockholm that lies south of lake Mälaren, one building dominates the skyline, the City Hall. A massive square tower rises from one corner of the elegant building which is made of decorated brickwork. The City Hall is the masterwork of the Swedish architect Ragnar Östberg who began to work with it in 1911 and devoted the next 12 years of his life to complete the City Hall. Every room in the City Hall has it’s own character and originality. The Blue Hall, the largest room in the building, is a manifestation in brickwork, and it is here that the Nobel Prize banquet takes place every 10th of December.

The reception will be arranged by courtesy of the city of Stockholm and the County Council at Stockholm City Hall. The reception is held on Monday 2 July at 19.00. A buffet dinner will be served followed by a guided tour of the building.

Please note that there are a limited number of tickets to the Reception and they will be distributed first-come, first-serve. The event is open to all registered participants and accompanying persons, only if marked on the registration form.

For further information about the City Hall please visit their web site at:

Congress Dinner at Skansen, Thursday 5 July
Skansen, the world's oldest open-air museum, was founded in 1891. Historical buildings from all parts of Sweden have been relocated here. Today, Skansen is both "Old Sweden in miniature" and a zoo containing Scandinavian wildlife. Many old trades and handicrafts are still in evidence at Skansen.

You will be welcomed at the main entrance by guides in traditional and historic clothes and fiddlers will be playing Swedish folk music. A welcome drink will be served and you will receive a map, so that you can walk around and visit the The Old Town Quarters and other parts of Skansen. Several houses will be open for you to visit such as: The Glassworks with glass blowing and shop, the Bakery, the Old Shop, Charles Tottie’s Residence from the 18th century, the Pharmacy, the Engineering Works and many more. You will find street life with mingling people acting the life of the 1860s and an Organ Grinder will be playing.

After you have had a chance to visit different buildings the Congress Dinner will be served at Restaurant Solliden.

After dinner you will have a chance to visit the countryside of Skansen. Houses and farms representing the Swedish countryside will be open such as: Seglora Church, the Delsbo Farmstead, the Älvros Farmstead and the Sami Camp with possibility to meet reindeers.

There will also be evening life at Bollnästorget (Bollnäs Square) with a taste of Sweden, traditional Swedish handicraft will be made and you will be able to try yourself. Coffee will be served at Bollnästorget. At the same time the Skansen Folk dancers will give the guests an opportunity to learn Swedish folk dance. First there will be a short performance and then the guests will be invited up to the dance floor to try a few steps of the schottische ending with a traditional dance in a ring.

Furthermore the Zoo will be open where you can meet the Scandinavian wildlife. Gardens and parks are open all evening. Enjoy an evening event with the taste of Sweden, stroll around and inhale the wonderful atmosphere at Skansen – Sweden in miniature!

Please note that the welcome drink and coffee will be served outside and that you will be walking through Skansen. Therefore casual clothing and comfortable shoes are recommended.

The price for attending the dinner is: SEK 775 (incl. VAT)

For further information about Skansen please visit their web site at:

Sightseeing Tours

Sightseeing Tours will be arranged for participants and registered accompanying persons.

Bus City Tour
Monday 2 July, 10.00-12.00
The best way of getting to know Stockholm in a short space of time is via a sightseeing tour by bus. While passing memorable buildings, museums and parks and hearing about their history your guide will also give you advice on shopping, good restaurants and entertainment.
Price per person: 300 SEK incl VAT 25% (no meals included)

Photo: Olof Holdar - Stockholm Visitors Board  

Old Town Walkabout
Tuesday 3 July, 10.00-12.00
The island on which Gamla Stan (the Old Town) is situated, is the original heart of the ancient city of Stockholm, and subsequently the oldest and most historical area. The medieval character remains intact. A walk through the narrow, cobbled streets and alleys, sensing the historical atmosphere and spirit of this fascinating Stockholm island, will give you a clear notion of what life must have been like centuries ago. Throughout the walk, your guide will also relate old stories and legends of the Old Town while showing you the charming small coffee shops; cleverly built into the old cellar vaults, along with the antique shops and art galleries.
Price per person: 300 SEK incl VAT 25% (no meals included)

Photo:Olof Holdar - Stockholm Visitors Board

Drottningholm, Residence Palace of the Royal Family
Wednesday 4 July, 10.00-15.00
Drottningholm Palace just outside Stockholm was built in the 17th century on the model of Versailles and enjoys beautiful lake side view. The spectacular interiors of the Palace date from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, and are a delightful combination of the 18th century rococo and chinoiserie styles. The Palace with its magnificent park is today the residence of the Royal Family.
Next to the Palace is the 200-year old Court Theatre. The original scenery and stage machinery are still working and used for performances during the summer season. The Drottningholm area is a UNESCO World Heritage since 1991.
Price per person: 520 SEK incl VAT 25% (no meals included)

Photo:Richard Ryan - Stockholm Visitors Board

The Vasa Museum
Thursday 5 July, 13.00-15.00
Enjoy a piece of Swedish history at the spectacular Vasa Museum, one of Stockholm's main attractions. The Royal warship Vasa sank on her maiden voyage inside Stockholm Harbour, in 1628. After 333 years underwater, she was raised from her watery grave in 1961, and after several years of restoration she has now been moved to her final resting place in the spectacular museum. A guide will give a fascinating account about the Vasa and what life was like onboard a warship in the 17th century.
Price per person: 360 SEK incl VAT 25% (no meals included)

Photo:Alexander Dokukin - Stockholm Visitors Board

Tourist Information
The Congress secretariat will be available to give you more information about Stockholm. You can also contact the official tourist guide of Stockholm at:

Web site:
Visiting address: Sverigehuset, Hamngatan 27
Phone: +46 8 508 28 508





Last update: 27 June 2007