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  • Writer's pictureFr. Vili Lehtoranta

Photos from My Trip to Sweden and Finland

In July 2023 I made my first trip to Finland in five years, and also stopped by to see the beautiful city of Stockholm, Sweden. Here are some photos from my trip.



These photos are from Alby, near Stockholm, where there’s a beautiful nature resort. My uncle showed me a recently built bridge. They have preserved the traditional Swedish countryside scenery, known for example from the Emil of Lönneberga books by Astrid Lindgren. There were also nice Swedish Ardennes horses there.


My aunt and uncle live in Tyresö, one of the suburbs of Stockholm. My uncle Mats cooked some pyttipanna, a traditional Nordic mixture of potatoes and chopped meat, and took me to see Tyresö Palace and the church.


The Stockholm photos start with some shots from Drottninggatan (Queen Street), where there are many stores. The Parliament building is located next to bridges and water. The medieval city center is called Gamla Stan (Old Town), and it has many narrow streets, the Royal Palace, churches, statue of St. George, and BURGER KING.

In the new town center there is the Central Station, where the trains, buses, and subway lines leave. I went to the place where prime minister of Sweden Olof Palme was assassinated in 1986. There’s a mark at the spot he was shot, and the murderer escaped through the narrow Tunnelgatan. Palme is buried in the churchyard of Adolf Fredrik Church.

In the city center there are many more bridges and water, and the beautiful Kungsträdgården (“The King’s Garden”).

Riddarholmen (“The Knights’ Islet”) is a small islet and part of Gamla Stan. There is Birger Jarl’s square and Riddarholmen Church, which used to serve the Franciscan friars in the Middle Ages, until they were dispersed during the Reformation in the 1500s. The water goes very near the sidewalks. In the southern part of the city center lies Södermalm, where the there’s also the Catholic cathedral of St. Eric. In the church there’s a nice side altar of Our Lady, and a statue of St. Joseph, but also a sign of the clergy’s apostasy showed by the memorial of antipope John Paul II’s visit in 1989.