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Swedish Literature at a Glance

Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer has been awarded the 2011 Nobel prize in Literature, for a body of work that began with his 17 Poems, published in 1954 when he was just 23, and continues to this day.  With this announcement, Tranströmer becomes the seventh writer working in Swedish to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. He joins Selma Lagerlöf (1909), Verner von Heidenstam (1916), Erik Axel Karlfeldt (1931), Pär Lagerkvist (1951), Eyvind Johnson and Harry Martinsson (1974, shared prize).

In addition, the Millenium serie (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) is a hit, Henning Mankell is more popular than ever andand a cascade of new Swedish young authours are entering the international market. The Swedish literary breakthrough is a fact.

  • The first film from the The Millennium trilogy
  • The book shop at Malmö konsthall

The first film from the The Millennium trilogy

Rooney Mara in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Swedish Crime Fiction

Tales of murder, mystery, and historic intrigue by high profile Swedish authors such as Larsson, Camilla Lackberg, and Henning Mankell have recently captured the imagination of readers.

Swedish author, August Strindberg (1849-1912)

The Classics

Swedish literature is not only crime, Sweden has produced more than its fair share of notable writers over the past 100 years.

Pippi, one of the most translated children's books

From poetry to fiction

The past decade in particular has marked a breakthrough for contemporary Swedish literature.

Kvarnen restaurant in Stockholm

The Millennium tour

Stockholm has always had its appeal, but the incredible success of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy has made the city more popular than ever. Follow in the footsteps of Salander while exploring beautiful Södermalm.

Kenneth Branagh as Kurt Wallander

In the footsteps of Kurt Wallander in Ystad

Henning Mankell’s ten crime fiction books, featuring Swedish detective Kurt Wallander, come alive in the alleyways, streets, eateries and watering holes of Ystad, Sweden’s southernmost town.

Fjällbacka in Bohuslän, West Sweden

Crime Fiction - 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.


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