What to see in Southern Sweden - Scania (Skåne)
The southernmost province of Sweden, Scania (or Skåne, in Swedish) is a mandatory stop for any traveller interested in getting to know Scandinavia.
Get a glimpse of Scania’s tourist attractions in the travel video:
Blessed with beautiful landscapes and rich cultural heritage, Scania is easily accessible from different parts of Europe, either by sea, or by plane, via international airports of Malmö and the nearby Copenhagen. The convenient connection by the Øresund Bridge makes Copenhagen Airport a viable solution for travelling to Scania.
A bit of history
Scania’s original character, visible not only in architecture, traditions, cuisine and local dialect is a fruit of a troubled history of the region, which originally was a part of the Kingdom of Denmark.
The control over Scania meant the control over the access to the Baltic Sea via Øresund Stait, which equalled substantial proceedings to Denmark’s treasury. Danish attempts to maintain Scania within its zone of influence faced resistance from Sweden, which resulted in the region being “traded” between the two countries, subject of several treaties, which followed different phases of armed conflicts between Denmark and Sweden. It wasn’t until the 18th century that Denmark ceased the attempts to reconquer Scania.
Nowadays, the province has population of over 1,260.000 and is one of the most densely populated areas of Sweden. Malmö is the major city and the province’s administrative and economic capital. Lund, Helsingborg, Kristiansand, Trelleborg and Landskrona are other considerably sized cities. See map of Scania.
Swedish landscapes in Scania: