Stockholm is the capital of Sweden and the most populous urban area in the Nordic countries. The city stretches across fourteen islands where Lake Mälaren flows into the Baltic Sea. The area has been settled since the Stone Age, in the 6th millennium BC, and was founded as a city in 1252 by Swedish statesman Birger Jarl. It is also the capital of Stockholm County. Stockholm is the cultural, media, political, and economic centre of Sweden. It hosts the annual Nobel Prize ceremonies and banquet at the Stockholm Concert Hall and Stockholm City Hall. One of the city’s most prized museums, the Vasa Museum, is the most visited non-art museum in Scandinavia. The Stockholm metro, opened in 1950, is well known for the decor of its stations; it has been called the longest art gallery in the world. Stockholm wheelchair access travel is much more enjoyable, as a result of the high level of service provided. We encourage disability travel to this city, but if you feel the cold, avoid visiting in the winter months. You can see so much of this city by walking or rolling around. Provided you pick a central location to stay, transport should not be a problem at all.
Attractions and Opportunities
Stockolm’s Lokaltrafik AB (the Stockholm Public Transport Company, or SL in short) has an accessibility guarantee in place to help travelers with disabilities should anything unforeseen happen. Basically, this guarantee means that SL will help you to reach your destination or an alternative station where you can continue your travel.
The guarantee is valid for stations, lines and travels that SL has explicitly communicated are supposed to accommodate all travelers.
Some examples of how the accessibility guarantee could be applied:
- You’re dependent on a functioning elevator or escalator to reach the platform. If the escalator or elevator is out of order on your station SL will help you reach an alternative station.
- You are dependent on the station’s automatic information system to call out the right announcements. If the automatic information system is out of order or if a malfunctioning system makes you take the wrong train, SL will help you reach your destination.
- You are dependent on the trains and busses automatic information system to call out the right announcements. If the automatic information system is out of order or if a malfunctioning system makes you get off at the wrong station, SL will help you reach your destination.
- You are dependent on a bus having a ramp or a low step. If the buss you are trying to board lacks a low step or has a malfunctioning ramp, SL will help you reach your destination.
If you feel like the accessibility guarantee applies to your situation you can call SL’s customer support at +46 20 120 20 22 or send a text message to +46 70 256 46 81. You can also ask any of SL’s station personnel for help.
Important note: The lines of Roslagsbanan, Nockebybanan and Saltsjöbanan are not covered by the accessibility guarantee.