Built on fourteen islands, Stockholm has been hailed as Venice of the North. Like Venice, it boasts magnificent buildings and reverberates with the echoes of centuries past. But there the comparison ends. Stockholm is unique, not only because of its architecture but also because of its foresight. All Scandinavian capitals offer a Green Map, many of the hotels are green, the cities invite to walking but it's to be understood there are also ample bike roads everywhere and biking is safe. Most eco-villages are located outside major urban areas, similar to Baskemlla along the southeastern coast of Sweden. Hammarby Sjstad is the exception. Located in Stockholm city, planned in the 1990s and ultimately home to 35,000 residents, this is where urban utopia meets reality, ten minutes from the absolute center of town and an area where pedestrians, not cars, rule.