Malmö is Sweden’s third largest city, it is ranked fourth on the Forbes most innovative cities chart and it is the seventh most bicycle-friendly location in the world, but this is why we think it should be your first choice as a place to study.
Modern and dynamic meets classic and traditional. The city’s old quarters sit just a short distance from the recently developed Western Harbour district, with its iconic Turning Torso skyscraper centrepiece. With more than 300,000 residents from 160 different nations, diversity and equality are city buzzwords. Cafe culture, bars and restaurants, alongside music venues and clubs thrive in the city which offers something for everyone.
Known as ‘the city of parks’, you’re never far from a green space where you can meet with friends or catch up on some studying. Canals stream through the city centre from the harbour from which further down the coast, and within a short walk, you’ll find the sandy beach Ribersborg, known by locals as Ribban and the ‘Copacabana of Malmö’.
As a modern metropolitan district and regional capital, Malmö is the base for many theatre groups, with some performances aimed at an international audience. Cinemas (mainstream, an independent picture house and film society screenings) show the latest blockbuster releases and art house films. Alongside the nightclubs there are also a number of music venues which attract Swedish and international acts – the 15,500-seater Malmö Arena being the biggest.
The jewel in the cultural crown however, is Malmöfestivalen - Scandinavia’s biggest city festival. Free of charge and attracting 1.4million visitors during one week every August it brings together music, dance, theatre, the arts and food outlets into the heart of the city. Internationally-acclaimed acts often perform at the festival which has a strong environmentally-friendly ethos.
You can consider Malmö a global hub… well, almost! Just 20 minutes away from Copenhagen’s international airport and 35 minutes away from the Danish capital itself. Malmö, with its impressive Öresund Bridge, links Scandinavia to mainland Europe. Train travel is easy in and around the Nordic countries and excellent rail links mean easy access to many other European countries. The city also boasts its own airport from which you can fly within Sweden and to selected international destinations.
From food to fashion and charity store to chic boutique, there are shops to suit every budget. In the south of the city you will find the multicultural district of Möllan, with its thriving fruit and vegetable market, second-hand stores, cafes, bars and restaurants – many Malmö students choose to live in the area. To the north of the city you will find more upmarket shops selling everything from clothes to iconic Scandinavian design items. A seven-minute train journey will take you to the southern suburb of Hyllie and one of the largest shopping centres in Scandinavia, Emporia.
Whether you want to break out into a sweat or just spectate, Malmö can provide the thrills and spills you crave. There are a host of municipal sporting facilities and the city is home to Sweden’s most successful men’s football club, Malmö FF, along with the women’s team, FC Rosengård – both league winners last year. Fast-paced ice hockey games can be seen at Malmö Arena, the home of Malmö Redhawks. As a student you can join Malmö Student Union’s sports association, IF Academ
Many a heated debate has taken place over which ‘gatukök’ (street food vendor) serves the best falafel, but you’re so spoilt for choice that it would take a lifetime to try them all! Eating out on a student budget is no problem when you know where to look! Cheap alternatives which offer traditional Swedish fast foods and cuisines introduced to the city by its multicultural population are scattered throughout the city centre and suburbs.
If you want something a little upmarket to celebrate that finally-finished thesis, then try some of the more exclusive restaurants, some of which are earning themselves an international reputation among the foodie community!
Central Malmö is largely pedestrianised and easily navigable by foot, but is also served by a comprehensive bus network. Many however choose to take advantage of the bicycle-friendly nature of the city - more than 100, 000 bike journeys are made here every day! Within the 10 kilometre diameter of the city there are 470 kilometres of well-lit cycle paths which are completely separate from vehicle traffic.
Preparing to come: http://mah.se/english/Education/Preparing_to_come/
Visitor site of Malmö, Sweden: http://www.malmotown.com/en/