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Winter Activities in Sweden and Events 2012

From skiing and trip skating to dog sledding and snowmobile safaris, Sweden offers plenty of unique and fun activities during winter. Of course, Sweden is full of events and things to see and do year round, and 2012 will definitely not be an exception. Whether you love spending time outdoors in nature or would prefer strolling the halls of a museum, Sweden has something for everyone - not to mention all of the amazing traditional celebrations that make every season of the year so special.

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image Ski resort FunäsdalenRoger Pilstrand/Funäsdalen

Skiing for Everyone

Sweden is a perfect skiing destination! With more than 200 ski resorts, Sweden offers a wide range of slopes and many options for accommodations, activities, and fine dining.

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Events in 2012

The year of 2012 is full of events and traditions celebrated all over Sweden. Be sure to check out what's happening when you're planning to visit!

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Discover a fun and easy way to explore Sweden's amazing natural landscape - travel on a snowmobile!

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image Skating at Storsjön, Östersund in JämtlandJämtland Härjedalen Turism /Johan Ranbrandt

Trip Skating

As the weather gets colder in Sweden the coastline, lakes, rivers, and streams begin to freeze, creating a wonderful natural playground for trip skating.

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image Christmas market in Gamla Stan/Old Town, StockholmHenrik Trygg/old.imagebank/VisitSweden

Christmas Markets in Stockholm

Stockholm is known for its fantastic Christmas markets, where you can buy all kinds of traditional Swedish handicrafts and culinary delicacies. This hotel package also includes the Stockholm à la Carte Card.

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image Gothenburg main street AvenynDick Gillberg/Göteborg & Co

Tosca at Gothenburg Opera

Explore Gothenburg and its opera scene with this great hotel package, which includes the Gothenburg City Card and tickets to the intriguing opera Tosca.

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image The book shop at Malmö konsthallMiriam Preis/VisitSweden

Win a Christmas Book!

The troll Rollo discovers the winter landscapes and animals of Scandinavia in this wonderful children's book by Jan Brett. Enter the Sweepstakes for a chance to win the perfect Christmas fairytale to read to someone special.

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Merry Christmas from the West
This clip will take you on a journey thorugh the Christmas celebrations in West Sweden, and give you some ideas about where to go shopping, what to eat, and where to stay. Enjoy! See the clip

Tutankhamun in Malmö
One of the highlights in Skåne in 2012 is an entartaining and unique exhibition at Malmö Expo Center, where Tutankhamun's tomb and treasures will be showcased.
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Swedish Youth Orchestra
The Swedish National Youth Orchestra will play in some of USA's most prestigious concert halls during January 2012: Chicago Symphony Hall, Carnegie Hall New York, Strathmore Center Washington DC.
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The Year of Strindberg
2012 is the centennial of August Strindberg's death, and during the whole year there will be events around Sweden in memory of this legendary Swedish playwright and author. Read more

Raoul Wallenberg 
Even after his death, this Swedish diplomat is known and loved as a true hero that saved thusands of Jews during World War II. In 2012 we celebrate the 100-year birthday of Raoul Wallenberg.
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Swedish Christmas Treats
Gingersnaps and Saffron buns are two very important Christmas treats in Sweden - make sure you have them at home as well! 
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