The Stockholm Subway
Your every day in Sweden can be an art experience. All you have to do is pay a Stockholm subway ticket and you’ll be ushered to a gigantic art gallery that houses amazing artworks created from the 1950s through the 2000s. It’s a perfect family bonding if you want your loved ones, especially your kids, to travel by subway while learning a lot about Sweden just by looking through the windows.
To spice up what you have just discovered about this very tourist spot of Sweden, we’ve gathered ten curious and interesting facts about Stockholm subway for you.
1. The plan to construct the metro was first conceptualized in 1941. Even so, the earliest line of the Stockholm subway was opened for public use in October 1950.
2. Officially opened to the public in 1994, the last addition to the Stockholm subway was Skarpnäck station, making it the 100th throughout the entire network.
3. Of 100 metro stations that the Stockholm subway has been operating for over two decades now, 53 are above ground, while the 47 left are run underground. On average, the daily ridership of the metro is 898,630 passengers, thus accumulating them 328 million passengers every year.
4. Consisting of seven lines, this 105.7 kilometers long subway is currently managed and owned by none other than Stockholm County Council.
The world’s longest art gallery
5. The subway has been regarded as the world’s longest art gallery due to countless artworks presented throughout its 90 stations. Adorned with mosaics, engravings, reliefs, sculptures and paintings, those stations would surely amaze anyone who would take a gander at them.
6. It’s believed that over 150 different artists made this type of gallery in Stockholm possible through submitting their works. You can therefore see diverse forms of art that would depict the rich culture of Sweden since the 1950s.
7. The first ever artworks that were presented for public viewing at the Stockholm subway were installed around 1957. It was seven years after the first underground train line was opened for business in October 1950.
8. Since 1950, Vera Nilsson and Siri Derkert have been known as the primary advocates of the campaign to beautify the subway by installing artworks. They motivated hundreds of artists to help decorate the metro until it became what it is now, praised by all tourists who take a glimpse of it.
9. In 2013, the management of the subway announced that they would be working on many extensions from 2016, two of which are the Blue Line extensions. These projects would mean hassle-free ways to get access to decorative sections of the metro.
10. Some of the best stations you should definitely pay some extra visits include Kungsträdgården, Rådhuset, and Tensta (from the Blue Line); Bagarmossen, Hötorget, and Thorildsplan (from the Green Line); and Tekniska Högskolan, and Stadion (from the Red Line).
Stockholm Subway Map (geographically correct) 🙂
by Joachim Holmér
Are you getting eager now to see yourself how stunning this unique metro in Sweden is? Stockholm subway is an epitome of art. It’s a compilation of cultural and artistic beauty that it’s proud of to keep on display. It’s therefore a tourist attraction that you should take tours around, from the green line to blue line. If you want to go through the best metro experience of your life as soon as possible, remember to list down the Stockholm subway as one of your must-rides in this country.