Malmo, Sweden's southernmost city of any size (300,000 persons) and the largest city in the province of Skane (or Scania in its anglicized form), has undergone a huge new lease of life since the opening in 2000 of the Oresund Bridge, Europe's largest combined road-rail bridge. While much of the industry that once put Malmo on the world map has gone, its university—very young, it was founded only in 1988—has already spurred this city on to be a center of technological initiative, and its modernity (there remain old, charming spots in the city) is epitomized by the 2005 presence since of Turning Torso, a huge, attractive skyscraper and just one of many amazing Malmo MICE venues. Sweden is part of the European Union but does not use the Euro.
The nearest international airport is actually in a foreign country, Denmark, but Scandinavia's largest and busiest airport, Copenhagen Airport, Kastrup (CPH), can be reached by fast-speed train from Malmo in a little more than 20 minutes across the directly across the Oresund Bridge. The airport, 13 minutes by the same train south of the center of Copenhagen, has flights to all over Europe and direct service to North America. Malmo's own Malmo-Sturup Airport (MMX) has service only to a few European destinations on low-fare airlines.
A complex of Malmo MICE venues, the 18,581-square-meter Malmomassan opened in 2012 with two restaurants, a 13,006-square-meter exhibition hall, a conference center for up to 2,000 persons and overall space for up to 3,000.
Malmo MICE hotels include 288-room Scandic St Jorgen, which has 12 meeting and function spaces for up to 120 persons; the 229-room Radisson Blu Malmo, an attractive combination of old and new, which has 25 meeting and function spaces for up to 300 persons; the 127-room Renaissance Malmo, which has three meeting rooms, the largest of them able to host 50 persons; the 68-room More Hotel Malmo, in the former Mazetti chocolate factory built in 1888 and which has a meeting room for up to 20 persons; and, to open May 2015, the city's now-largest hotel, the 445-room Clarion Hotel & Congress Malmo Live, which occupies a new skyscraper with capacity for events of up to 1,500 persons.
Unique MICE venues in Malmo include 1916 mansion Fridhemsborg, which is situated on the waterfront along the street called Ribersborgsstranden, views the Oresund Bridge and has space for up to 100 persons; Moriska Paviljongen, which puts on musical entertainment but also meetings and conferences; huge Aktiebolaget Slagthuset, a huge, former factory that has been turned into a stunning space for all manner of events modeled on London's Covent Garden and Paris' Les Halles and which has seven exhibition halls; the Old High Court of Appeals building, which has 15 rooms for up to 600 persons and Old World Swedish architecture; and Turning Torso itself, which is the creation of famous Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava and has two function rooms on its top two floors.
Restaurants to seat your groups in include Restaurang Arstiderna, a fine-dining establishment with wonderfully atmospheric cellar dining rooms; Steakhouse Lilla Torg, in a building dating to the 17th century and with an outdoor in front during warmer months; Salt & Brygga, a little out of the center by the water, which specializes in fish; Restaurang Margaretapaviljongen, a formal but relaxed spot that sits by a park and with a large seated patio in front, and farm to table-style Bastard (stop giggling!), with some of the most inventive fare in Malmo.