Norway and Sweden are two outstanding Scandinavian countries which any tourist would love to explore. If however, you only have time to do one of them, it can be difficult to choose which one. Thankfully for you, we have put together a quick comparison of the two countries, what you can expect to see in each one as well as how much it will cost to visit.
Both countries have a great deal of similarities but also many differences and if you have the tim to do both then I would urge you to do so, if not and you are forced to decide, here are some facts to help make your decision that little bit easier.
Sweden offers tourists a wide range of cities which range between the ultra modern capital of Stockholm, the sleepy city of Malmo, the coastal city of Helsingborg and the naturally beautiful Gothenburg.
Norway’s cities are not so grand and prefer to specialize instead in the culture and history of each city. The capital Oslo is a vibrant and lively city which is the tech and educational hub of the country. You will also find wintery cities like Lillehammer which famously hosted the Olympic games as well as laid back cities like Tromso and Molde. The cities in Norway feature much nature within them and are a far cry from the grand European cities of other nations.
Sweden is not a cheap country to live in and whilst the money which is paid throughout the country can be clearly seen to be reinvested in good things, there is no getting away from the fact that Sweden is not cheap.
Norway is slightly better priced than Sweden and transport in particular is far cheaper. In terms of accommodation and cost of living, Norway sits on par with Sweden and they rank as some of the most expensive countries in Europe.
Much of the attractions throughout Sweden center around its viking past and there are many museums and old heritage sights to see. Here you can visit the ABBA museum and see artifacts from the country’s most famous export as well as taking in some of the modern art-deco buildings in cities like Stockholm.
The attractions throughout Norway are far more based in nature and you can see glaciers and vast mountain ranges with cliffs and nature reserves where you can hike through these lush green lands. Nordic past is celebrated in many parts of the country and you can visit many of the outstanding history museums in the bigger cities.
Both nations offer visitors the chance to sail through the incredible collection of fjords that each country has. The fjords are water deposits that were formed from melted glaciers and these tranquil water networks will take you straight through the heart of each nations’ breathtaking scenery. The waterways travel throughout mountain ranges an open expanses and deciding which country offers the best views is simply impossible to say.