Stockholm – CIty Hall

The City Hall in Stockholm is a multi-purpose building. It houses the city government offices and meeting spaces; holds the banquet for the Nobel Prizes; and is a venue for weddings and other events. Built around a cobblestone courtyard, it is an impressive place. The architect was given almost a free hand in the design and tried to encapsulate all the good things about the city.

The largest of the rooms is the Blue Room — so called because the architect wanted to symbolically represent the nature of water in the city. However, when he saw how beautiful the brick turned out he changed his mind and left the walls bare. The banquet after the Nobel Prize ceremonies is held in this room. Somehow we missed it, but this room contains the largest organ in Sweden with 10,270 pipes.

Most Norwegians are secular and choose to have a civil ceremony. On Saturdays (especially in the summer) as many as seventy couples get married in the rooms pictured below. They have a choice of the short ceremony or the long ceremony — the long ceremony is three to five minutes and the short is only about one minute. Because of the number of weddings, only the bride, groom, two witnesses, and the officiant are permitted for the blessed event. The guide said the courtyard is a great place to ”people watch” on Saturdays because everyone is dressed up and happy.

The small room where the actual ceremony is conducted and the long hall where many gather right afterwards.

The windows on the left overlook the water and a large mural behind the columns mirrors the city skyline.

The Stockholm city council consists of 101 members — of whom, ONLY fifteen are full-time politicians. Shades of the American founding fathers. They meet one night a month so everyone can attend. It is a unicameral parliamentary system with different factions joining to form a majority.

Ceiling is painted like the sky — sun, moon, planets, and more.

The Gold Room represents the mythical and actual history of the city. It was done by an artist as his first (or very early) commission. It is entirely done in mosaic tile and contains about 11 kilograms (almost 25 pounds) of 24-karat gold foil in 18 million (!) tiles.

Countries/cities of the West honoring Queen of Lake Macarena.
Counties/cities of the East also honoring the Queen.

The room was originally the site of the Nobel banquet and the Blue Room was for the after dinner dancing and socializing. In recent years, it was decided to include more people at the banquet, so it was moved downstairs to the Blue Room. Now there are about 1300 attendees. The only problem with this move is that the kitchen is above the Gold Room and the elevators from there only go to the Gold Room. At dinner time, there is a large procession of servers carrying huge trays of food and drink from the elevators down the stairs to the Blue Room.

The Gold Room.
Elevator is behind the door.
Can almost tell how far down it is to the Blue Room.

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