Sweden from north to south, west to east – what does it look like? Well, something like this: We start in the north, at Treriksröset, which is Sweden’s northernmost point and where three countries, Sweden, Norway, and Finland, meet (actually, the name itself can be translated into English as “Three-Country Cairn”). The name is derived from a monument of stones erected in 1897 by the governments of Norway and Russia (which at the time was administering Finland). Since Sweden could not agree on a boundary commission with the Norwegians, they did not contribute their stone until 1901. Besides being the most north you can get in Sweden, it is also the most west you can get on the Finnish mainland.

From Treriksröset we travel all the way down to Smygehuk, the southernmost point of Sweden. A fishing village and harbor near Trelleborg, Smygehuk features a statue of a nude woman standing in the harbor, made by artist Axel Ebbe and installed in 1930, titled “Famntaget” (The Embrace). The model for the statue was Birgit Holmquist, mother of Nena von Schlebrügge, and grandmother of American actress Uma Thurman.


The farthest west you can go in Sweden is Stora Drammen, an islet northwest of Kosteröarna (the Koster islands) off Strömstad in Bohuslän. It lies within Kosterhavet’s national park.

From the islet of Stora Drammen we travel east to Kataja, an islet south of Haparanda in Norrbotten, which is divided between Sweden and Finland and constitutes Sweden’s easternmost point. he border was established in 1809 between what was previously two islands, the larger Swedish one called Kataja and the smaller Finnish one called Inakari. In the decades since 1809, post-glacial rebound has caused the land in the region to rise relative to sea level, joining the two islands. Although some cabins can be found, the island is, and has probably always been, uninhabited.

Nuisances? Well, there are some. Not many, far from deadly unless you're extremely unlucky but, alas there a few: A Swedish summer's nuisances