Thursday, January 12, 2012

Stockholm highlights in 2012

Stockholm ranks fifth on travel guide Lonely Planet's Best in Travel: top 10 cities for 2012. “This is as seductive a capital city as can be imagined – cozy yet cosmopolitan, willfully alternative and effortlessly picturesque,” Lonely Planet said in its description of the Swedish capital.

We couldn’t agree more. With 80 museums and attractions, several different shopping districts and a wide range of restaurants, bars and cafés, Stockholm is a popular destination all year round. Whether your interest is culture, trends or outdoor activities, there’s always something to do.

In our official visitors guide,, you will find up-to-date tips on what you can see and do in Stockholm, and in the press room at, there are facts, news, images and ideas related to Stockholm.

Welcome to Stockholm – the Capital of Scandinavia!

The Millennium Fever is still raging!
The movie so many people have been so eagerly awaiting is here: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, based on the novel by Stieg Larsson. David Fincher’s American film version of the Swedish worldwide bestseller was filmed in Stockholm and stars Daniel Craig (as journalist Mikael Blomqvist) and Rooney Mara (as hacker heroine Lisbeth Salander). The Stockholm City Museum’s guided Millennium City Walks have also been a smash hit and will continue throughout 2012.,,,

2012: A Strindberg Year
August Strindberg (1849-1912) is the most celebrated Swedish author and playwright of all times. 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of Strindberg’s death. This will be celebrated in Stockholm throughout the year, with exhibitions, seminars, stage plays, and other events. (web site in English from January 2012)

MOOD Stockholm – a new shopping district in Stockholm
A new and innovative shopping concept called MOOD Stockholm will open in the very centre of Stockholm on March 24 2012. MOOD Stockholm is not a mall, but a whole urban neighbourhood under roof for fashion, design and lifestyle shopping, gourmet dining, and much more. Some 60 brands will be represented, as well as three of Stockholm’s top restaurateurs.

A new Children’s Zoo at Skansen
In March 2012 it is time for the world’s oldest open-air museum Skansen to open the larger and more modern version of the popular Lill-Skansen (The Children’s Zoo) – all children’s favourite since 1955. Younger visitors will have the chance to get to know Nordic animals and pets in a fantastic environment. After the grand reopening, Lill-Skansen will be open all year around.

Spritmuseum to open in May 2012
The new attraction Spritmuseum – The Museum of Spirits – will show exhibitions about Sweden as a country of spirits and about the Swedes’ multifaceted relationship to alcohol. The museum will also house The Absolut Art Collection, featuring works by greats as Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst, which surely will draw crowds to the premises on the island of Djurgården in Stockholm. Spritmuseum is due to open in late May 2012.

A new world-class art hall in Stockholm’s archipelago
In June 2012, a new arts and culture centre called Artipelag will open on the island of Värmdö in the midst of Stockholm’s magnificent archipelago. Artipelag is a private initiative of Mr. Björn Jakobsson, founder of the Swedish baby carrier company BabyBjörn. Occupying 9 200 square meters Artipelag will house an art exhibition hall, concert and event facilities and a conference centre. In addition, a shop for Swedish design and several restaurants, of which one will be of the highest gourmet class. Swedish architect Johan Nyrén has designed a building for the purpose in harmony with the natural surroundings of the archipelago.

Stockholms stadion 100 years
The Stockholm Olympic Stadium – known as “Stadion” – is a mighty brick edifice by the Valhallavägen Avenue, and a cherished landmark for many Stockholmers. The grand old lady will be celebrating her centenary jubilee in 2012, also the 100th anniversary of the last Summer Olympics in Stockholm 1912. The anniversary will be celebrated with several events and activities during the jubilee year, such as Jubilee Marathon Stockholm 1912-2012 on July 14. Stadion will, of course, be the main arena of the celebrations. On a side note, Stadion is the oldest Olympics arena still in use.

Other sports events in Stockholm 2012
Kings of Tennis, March 13-16 2012,
Royal Palace Sprint, March 14 2012,
2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, May 4-20 2012,
Stockholm 1912-2012 Jubilee Regatta, June 1-8 2012,
ASICS Stockholm Marathon, June 2 2012,

Restaurant boom in Stockholm
In recent years Stockholm has become one of the most interesting culinary destinations in Europe, and the restaurant scene is constantly growing. More than 20 new restaurants have opened since last summer. Here are some of the most interesting and innovative new additions:

 Jonas
Swedish master chef Jonas Lundgren, with experience from The French Laundry in California and Pierre Gagnaire in Paris, has returned to Stockholm to open the fine dining restaurant Jonas.

 Ekstedt
The famous Swedish TV chef Niklas Ekstedt recently opened a conceptual restaurant where everything – from starters to desserts – is cooked over open fire.

 Gastrologik
At Gastrologik there is no menu – you simply choose three or six courses, and let the chefs decide what you will be served, all depending on the supply of fresh and locally grown produce.


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