Stockholm harbour in environmental collaboration

The harbours in Stockholm and Helsinki are working for a better water environment in the Baltic Sea. The two harbours already offer to take care of waste water from the cruise ships, which is still very unusual, and are now going to expand the services to electricity. In Stockholm the Finlandferries already can connect to the permanent electricity wire while docking and Helsinki is in the process to build a land line.

Italian photographer exhibits Stockholm in Stockholm

Another view on Stockholm is the theme of a photo exhibition by photographer Joakim Kocjancic. The series is named Paradise. Joakim is from Milan and have been working in several european cities - among them Stockholm. In his exhibition - all black and white photos - he shows another side of the idyllic sweden image.

The exhibition is shown on Double Elvis Gallery, Kocksgatan 52 in Stockholm between August 28 and September 30.

Fotografiska - a new top attraction in Stockholm

The people behind a new top attraction in Stockholm - the photomuseum named Fotografiska have great ambitions. I met them yesterday and became enthusiastic.

Photo needs space and its very unusual for museums of this kind to be located in the city centres. The Fotografiska (5 000 square metres) will be situated in Stora Tullhuset on Stadsgården-quay with a view of Old Town, Skeppsholmen and Djurgården islands with their own boat harbour.

Fotografiska will be an exhibition space dedicated to world class photography. Fotografiska will première as one of the foremost institutions in the world dedicated to the photographic medium

  • 4 large exhibitions every year with the best photographers in the world such as Avalon, Lebovitz and Penn etc
  • generous openinghours 10-21 every day (some days even to 22)
  • a restaurant and a bar with humane prices (stunning view)
  • a shop and a gallery where you can buy posters etc
  • courses in photography for amateurs and semi-pro
  • aditional 10 smaller exhibitions

The initators have a solid background in photo and have been behind the popular Photo fairs in Stockholm and Gothenburg plus has done solo exhibitions with photography, among them one with  David LaChapelle in 2008 in Stockholm.

The Modern Museum in Stockholm has a collection on photography and does several photo exhibitions and so does Kulturhuset. But there are just few international permanent photomuseums in the world which can show large exhibitions: Forma in Italy, Foam in the Netherlands and ICP in the US. Stockholm will be the fourth!

Arch Bishop weds Crown Princess

The Swedish Arch Bishop Anders Wejryd will do the weddingceremony of Crown Princess Victoria and her fiancé Daniel. The wedding will take place on June 19  in Stockholm Cathedral (Storkyrkan).

BA opens route from Jutland in Denmark

Brittish Airways opens a new route between Billund, in Jutland Denmark to the city airport Stockholm-Bromma Airport. Stockholm-Bromma Airport is the nearest city airport in Stockholm. The new route opens on September 21 with 11 flights every week.

Queens hotel new member in Your Hotels

Queens Hotel in Stockholm is a new member of the "Your Hotel Worldwide" group, a network of almost 180 selected, quality, independent and privately owned hotels in Europe where guests can experience character, individuality and personal service.

Queens Hotel is situated on Drottninggatan in Stockholm and has  53 newly refurbished rooms. The Your Hotel has 8 member hotels in the Stockholm area.

New route from London Gatwick

Ryanair opens a new route from Gatwick London to Stockholm-Skavsta Airport. The new route opens on November 5  and will be runned daily as a complement to the London stansted route. The route runs daily and will be a comlement to the London Stansted to Stockholm-Skavsta Route.

Soon time for Popaganda festival

The Popaganda Festival is one of Sweden's biggest, most prominent music events, featuring loads of good music, clubs, and films. This years's festival takes place at Eriksdalsbadet's outdoor pool and is known fondly as Sweden's biggest pool party. Among this year's artists are Lykke Li, Johnossis, Camera Obscura, Deportees, Mike Snow and Steve Aoki.

The festival takes place August 28-29

Running events in August

Stockholm Marathon in May every year, is ranked as the No 1 marathon destination in the world by The Ultimate Guide to International Marathons and also recognized as the most well organized marathons in the world.  August is another popular running event month in Stockholm.

The popular Midnight run took place last Saturday and on August 23 the Mazda Stockholm Thriathlon will take place in the beautiful surroundings of the Royal Djurgården. On August 30 the popular Tjejmilen, with over 20 000 women participating, take place.

World water focus in Stockholm

World Water Week opened today with discussions on water's role in peace, economic development, and public health. Most of the more than 2000 participants now gathered in Stockholm were on hand to hear leaders in science, government, and civil society challenge the world to think in new ways about the role of water in peace, economic development, and public health. The highlight of the week is the Stockholm Water Prize award.

Read more about Stockholm International Water Institute here

Excursion to Gripsholm Castle and Mariefred

Gripsholm Castle and park

Mariefred town with the magnificent Gripsholm Castle by the lake Mälaren is well worth an excursion. My husband and I went by car, but I do recommend to take the historical steamship Mariefred to Mariefred. Launched in 1903, it has trafficked this route ever since. You can eat lunch on board in the beautiful dining saloon. Mariefred also has a narrow-gauge historical railway. The charming town center has numerous charming restaurants, cafés, and shops offering something really nice during a daytrip.

Gripsholm is known as Gustav Vasa's castle, as it was he who built the castle here in 1537. See the Swedish State's collection of portraits - featuring prominent Swedes from the days of Gustav Vasa to present day and don't miss out on the palace theatre.

The castle is situated by the lake Mälaren

The picturesque Mariefred town
Wintergarden by the castle

Skyways opens a new route from Lithuania

Skyways opens a direct route between Vilnius the capital of Lithuania and Stockholm-Arlanda Airport. Twice a day Monday through Friday and once on Sundays.

Princess Madeleine is engaged

Photo: IBL

Today, Tuesday 11 August 2009, the engagement between Her Royal Highness Princess Madeleine and Mr. Jonas Bergström was announced.
After His Majesty The King of Sweden had given his consent to the marriage between the Princess and Mr. Bergström, His Majesty, in accordance with the procedures set out in the Swedish Constitution, requested the approval by the Swedish Government, which subsequently has been communicated to His Majesty.

The wedding date is not decided.  

Archipelago, skärgård, l'archipel, schärengarten!!!

As Manager of Press at SVB I need to be in touch daily with tourism in Stockholm. Are there many? where are they from? what do they ask? My friends (and colleagues) at the Tourist office are experts in the field, ofcourse, and chares with me daily. They all want to go on a boat trip to the archipelago - and I totally understand them. The weather right now is sunny and warm and Stockholm shows itself from its most beautiful side.

The Archipelago Tour (2,5-3 hours) is the perfect trip if you are looking to experience the untouched nature of the archipelago in short time.

And the Thousand Island Cruise (11 hours) is perfect for a day like this, in the sun to experience the changing sceneries in the Stockholm Archipelago. Lunch, dinner and snacks are included in the price.

Here's our suggestions of islands if you want to go by yourself.

Vurma café opens on Östermalm

The cosy atmosphere of Café Vurma has now reached the Östermalm area in Stockholm. Vurma is wellknown for their fantastic sandwiches and cosy atmosphere. Vurma started with a café on Södermalm and has thereafter expanded to now four cafés - one in each part of the city.

Read more about Vurma on Stockholmtown

Vurma Södermalm
Bergsundstrand 31

Vurma Kungsholmen
Polhemsgatan 15

Vurma Vasastan
Gästrikegatan 2

Vurma Östermalm
Birger Jarlsgatan 36

World top congress city

Stockholm is one of the worlds most popular international congress cities, according to ICCA. The latest top list ranks Stockholm as the worlds 8th best congress city, followed by Copenhagen in number 11.

Three new routes to Stockholm Skavsta Airport

Ryanair expands in Stockholm with three new routes: From Oslo (Rygge airport), from Brussels (Charleroi) and from Memmingen outside Munich.  och Memmingen utanför München. Ryanair are also increasing the number of flights from Paris (Beauvais). All routes opens on October 25.

Of the beaten track - National city park cafées

Photo: Skafferiet/Allt om Stockholm

To live in a city with "real" nature around the corner is one of the blessings with living in Stockholm. I realized that when I went bicycling in the National City Park, by Bergianska Trädgården (Botanic garden), the other day. While cycling, its hard to imagine that the burstling city life is just some 5 minutes away. All you see is flowers, trees and water.

Next time Im bicycling here I will stop for a break at either Edvard Andersons conservatory and café in Bergianska Trädgården or at the idyllic Skafferiet café and restaurant at Stora Skuggan, where you can sit in the garden or on the loft next to a small zoo. Skafferiet is located on Stora Skuggans väg 38.

New bike guide

Bikeguide Stockholm is a new company. They rent mountain- and citybikes and offer guided tours on both city bike or mountainbikes. The office is situated on Narvavägen 13-17 by the The Museum of National Antiquities (Historiska museet) Check out their website in swedish, english and german.

"You could rent a newly serviced bike for the streets of the town or for the paths of the forests. We also offer guided tours in varied degrees of difficulty, depending on your level of knowledge. You could just take a tour for the joy of riding a bike or for a guided tour in the town".

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