Illustration av olika historiska vattenstånd i Stockholmstrakten med hjälp av Västerbron
Stockholm is the caipital o Swaden an constitutes the maist populatit urban aurie in Scandinavie. Stockholm is the maist muckle ceety in Swaden, wi a population o 851,155 in the municipality (2010), 1.37 million in the urban aurie (2010), an aroond 2.1 million in the 6,519 km2 (2,517.00 sq mi) metropolitan aurie (2010). As o 2010, the Stockholm metropolitan aurie is hame tae approximately 22% o Swaden's population.
Founded no later than circa 1250, possibly as early as 1187, Stockholm has long been one of Swaden's cultural, media, poleetical, an economic centres. Its strategic location on 14 islands on the sooth-central east coast o Swaden at the mooth o Lake Mälaren, bi the Stockholm airchipelago, haes been historically important. Stockholm haes been nominatit bi GaWC as a global ceety, wi a rankin o Alpha-. In The 2008 Global Cities Index, Stockholm rankt 24t in the warld, 10t in Europe, an first in Scandinavie. Stockholm is kent for its beauty, its biggins an airchitectur, its abundant clean an open watter, an its mony pairks. It is sometimes referred tae as Venice o the North.