Need a break from the big city? View 42-hour itineraries from 13 cities.More
Southern Sweden is considered, even by many Swedes, to be a world of its own, clearly distinguished from the rest of the country by its geography, culture, and history. Skåne (pronounced skoh-neh), is one of Sweden's smallest provinces; here you'll find beautifully fertile plains, sand beaches, thriving farms, bustling towns and villages, medieval churches, and summer resorts. These
gently rolling hills, extensive forests, and fields are broken every few miles by the lovely castles, chronologically and architecturally diverse, that have given this part of Sweden the name Château Country.
The two other southern provinces, Blekinge and Halland, are also fertile and rolling and edged by seashores. Historically, these three provinces are distinct from the rest of Sweden: they were the last to be incorporated into the country, having been ruled by Denmark until 1658. They retain the influences of the Continental culture in their architecture, language, and cuisine, and many here view the rest of Sweden—especially Stockholm—with some disdain.