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Swedish culture

All this raining makes us want to curl up on the sofa with a good book, home made cinnamon buns and Kenneth Branagh on TV as Swedish detective Kurt Wallander, and we're in good company. Swedish culture and lifestyle, through literature, film and music, is hot stuff this year. With Stieg Larsson, Henning Mankell and Camilla Läckberg making headlines in the film, TV and book world, and Swedish music flying the flag in Europe with Loreen's win in the Eurovision Song Contest, now is a great time to explore it all for yourself. And don't miss the two big culture festivals in both Stockholm and Gothenburg in August!

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image Stortorget in Ystad, SkåneFredrik Ekblad/

Wallander's Ystad

Ystad is famous around the world because of fictional inspector Wallander. The town really is as attractive as it is portrayed in the films and television series, with its medieval, pastel-coloured half-timbered houses on cobblestone streets and sun-dappled squares.

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image Bellmansgatan in Stockholm, Mikael Blomkvists homeErik-G-Svensson/Stockholm Visitors Board

The Millennium Tour in Stockholm

The Millennium trilogy by Stieg Larsson has inspired controversy, family feuds, Hollywood movies, and has shown the world the dark side of calm and peaceful Sweden. Follow in the footsteps of Mikael Blomqvist and walk your way through key locations in the books; bars, cafés, and of course, past Lisbeth Salander's apartment.

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image Fjällbacka in Bohuslän, West SwedenFrank Heuer/Västsvenska Turistrådet

Crime Fiction in West Sweden

Murder and mystery are in the air on the west coast of Sweden, at least in the books of Swedish crime writers Camilla Läckberg, Åke Edwardsson and Ann Rosman. The setting for Läckberg’s books is the pretty coastal community of Fjällbacka, 140 km north of Gothenburg on Sweden’s Bohuslän coast.

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image The Swedish pop group RoxetteBritta Pedersen/Scanpix

Swedish music phenomenon

Sweden rocks around the world, with acts of yesteryear ABBA, the Cardigans, Ace of Base and Roxette still big-time popular and new artist such as Eurovision winner Loreen making the headlines around the world.

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image In August crayfish feasts are a Swedish traditionAnna Skoog/Johnér

Crayfish party, kräftskiva

It's still July but high time to time to start planning the crazy crayfish parties in August! These pernickety-but-tasty little suckers are caught at at night as they are nocturnal creatures. Cook them in brine with crown dill and eat them cold, serve with bread and mature Västerbotten cheese and pair with beer and schnapps.

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Cultural events in Sweden

August Strindberg 
Throughout 2012
A hundred years after his death, August Strindberg (1849-1912) continues to fascinate. He was a trailblazer and innovator in his time and still manages to provoke audiences in theaters around the world. Find our more about the many Strindberg events around Sweden in 2012

Stockholm's Culture Festival
14 August 2012 - 19 August 2012

In August every year the heart of Stockholm pulsates with a vibrant combination of culture and festivities. It’s time for the Cultural Festival of Stockholm! Since its launch in 2006 the festival has quickly become a regular event and a great success among both Stockholm residents and visitors. Stockholm's Culture Festival

Gothenburg's Culture Festival
14 August 2012 - 19 August 2012

For six days in August, the streets and squares of Gothenburg are transformed for a vibrant celebration – the annual Culture Festival. You're invited! Come and immerse yourself in a wealth of culture, in the fullest sense of the word. The Gothenburg Culture Festival is for everyone and everything is free! Gothenburg's Culture Festival

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A trip in the footsteps of Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson. Follow Andrew on his trip around Crime Fiction Sweden


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