Situated in the southern-most province of Skåne, Malmö is Sweden’s third largest city. The center of the city, with its pedestrian streets, offers significant shopping facilities, theatres, bars, cafés and restaurants, as well as an outstanding symphony orchestra, art galleries and museums. Although Malmö may look typically Swedish with its parks, historic buildings, and canals, it is very international. Essentially 20 percent of its inhabitants were born outside Sweden, and there are representatives of over 170 different nationalities among its inhabitants. 
 
Malmö’s sports provision is excellent, whether watching or taking part, and includes football, ice-hockey, sailing, golf, tennis, and horse-riding. The city is surrounded by rolling countryside and some of the best beaches in Sweden. 
 
Malmö has strong historic bonds with the maritime industry; it was an important medieval sea-port and had a thriving ship-building industry for many years. It is also a city that places a premium on learning and research, being home to Malmö University as well as several faculty members of Lund University and WMU. The city has developed high-technology industries, to make the best use of its educated work-force.
 
Since the opening of the Öresund bridge in 2000, Copenhagen is just 35 minutes away by train or bus. Copenhagen’s historic center has all the attractions of a European capital, as well as some special features of its own, including Tivoli Gardens, the second oldest amusement part in the world.