Crossing over the Oresund Bridge from Copenhagen lies the industrialized city of Malmo Sweden. With a Metro population of 700,000 its ranks as the 3rd largest Swedish city.
The climate is oceanic and considered quite mild for its altitude due to the Gulf Stream. Demographically Malmo is young with a median age of just 35. It is also quite multi-cultural due to mass immigration of late with a good proportion of the population being either direct immigrant and or first generation stock.
Malmo often makes world headlines for its gang violence, bombings, shootings etc. It should be noted the over all murder rate is around 4 per 100,000 people thus ranking it safer overall then the USA which has a murder rate of 5.3 .murders per 100,000 people. This is Malmo - its not Medellin, and nor is it Mexico - but like traveling anywhere always take precautions, and consult with the locals.
The Turning Torso dominates the Malmo skyline. Its a neo-futurist skyscraper and the largest skyscraper in Scandinavia.
Malmo like Amsterdam and Copenhagen has a ring of canals and bridges around the town which originated historically as part of the cities defensive system.
Modern Malmo is a collection of unique Scandinavian contemporary architectural treasures that seamlessly blend in beautifully with IKEA like precision.
Malmo makes for a great days trip from Copenhagen and is easily reached directly from Copenhagen's Central train station, via numerous daily high speed trains in a mere 34 minutes. Malmo is very accessible on bike with a very good bike lane network throughout.
One of the main attractions is Malmo Castle built in 1434.
A trip to Malmo wouldn't be complete without Swedish Meatballs.
Canal boat hires with wine luncheons are popular.
Canal side cafes and beer gardens are a great way to take in the Scandinavian sun.
I have to say that overall Malmo surprised me for its beauty and overall friendliness. It was nothing like I had expected. I had anticipated a Swedish version of Detroit, but was pleasantly surprised to see a very clean historic city with a contemporary Scandinavian modern twist complete with well maintained roads, canals and pretty much graffiti free from what I could see.