One Trip, Two Scandinavian Countries

Just across the border from each other, Värmland in Sweden and Hedmark in Norway, offer the same wonderful open-air escape. Deciding where to go is...
The Devil's Bible being carried into the National Library at the labrary's 125th birthday celebration. Photo: Bjørn Larsson Ask - SCANPIX

Sweden’s Ten Quirkiest Tourist Attractions

Christian Olsson, who runs the Hidden Wonders of Sweden blog, shares his top-ten places you've probably never been to. 1. Devil's Bible in Stockholm There is a Devil's...
Dior by Swedish Illustrator

Dior by Swedish Illustrator

Swedish illustrator Mats Gustafson replaces the camera to capture the spirit and beauty of Dior. In the exquisite book, “Dior by Mats Gustafson” the watercolors...
Art and Culture in Sweden

Art and Culture in Sweden

As a conqueror rather than the conquered, Sweden developed strong cultural traditions, particularly in theatre, music and dance. Diplomatic and commercial links with Europe...

The Tomten

The tomte is an essential part of Scandinavian folklore.  He’s a little gnome of sorts, dedicated to one home or farm,  looking out for...
In the Footsteps of a Swedish Crusader

In the Footsteps of a Swedish Crusader

In Western Sweden you can follow in the footsteps of a Swedish crusader, the fictional Arn Magnusson, created by the Swedish author Jan Guillot.     If...

The Saga of the Volsungs

Sagas are stories mostly about ancient Nordic history, about early Viking voyages, the battles that took place during the voyages, about migration to Iceland...
Sweden’s Latest Hit Novel

Sweden’s Latest Hit Novel

In ‘A Man Called Ove”, a bestselling and delightfully quirky debut novel from Swedish author Fredrik Backman, a grumpy yet loveable man finds his...

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