Five galleries at New York Armoury Show

Five swedish galleries, all of them based in Stockholm, are participating in prestigious artexhibitions on Pier 92 and Pier 94 on the west side of New York, according to Olle Wästberg at the Swedish Institute. The Armoury Show takes place on March 5-8. The five swedish galleries participating are:

Riddarholmen - a pearl

Photo: Slottsträdgårdsmästaren
Riddarholmen is one of the pearls of Stockholm. I just love the Riddarholmen Church and the view to the City Hall.

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Walk in the footsteps of Stieg Larsson

Photo: Slottsträdgårdsmästaren
Author Stieg Larsson's three Millennium books about journalist Mikael Blomkvist and computer hacker Lisbeth Salander have sold millions of copies and are on best-seller lists in Europe and the US. The film and TV series will be shown internationally this spring. The main characters in the books live and work on the island of Södermalm in Stockholm, and there is great interest in experiencing the atmosphere on location. We gathered some ideas for getting acquainted with the settings depicted by Larsson in the Millennium trilogy.

Guided Millennium tours

Follow along in Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander's footsteps. The tour starts at Bellmangatan 1 where Mikael Blomkvist lives and passes the Millennium editorial offices, Lisbeth Salander's luxury apartment, and filming sites. The tours cost SEK 100 and are given every Saturday starting March 7, in English at 12 noon and in Swedish at 2 PM. The tour takes 1½-2 hours and tickets are available at the Stockholm City Museum.

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Crown princess wedding in Stockholm

The engagement between the Swedish Crown Princess Victoria and Mr Daniel Westling has been announced. The wedding is planned for the beginning of the summer of 2010. Read more on The Royal Court webpage . The danish crown prince wedding attracted some 2 000 journalists and 376 million television viewers all over the world.

Stockholm the environmental capital!!!!

The City of Stockholm will be the first European environmental Capital, in 2010. The European Green Capital award was announced by the European commission on Monday evening.  The award is given to a city that is showing the way to an environmental friendly city life and can show consequeant results of environmental  imporvement and sustainability. Stockholm is the first City in Europe to recieve the award.

The motivation was:
The city has an integrated administration system that garantees that the environmental aspects are taken into consideration in budget, operation, rapports and supervision.
The City has reduced  carbon discharge with 25 percent per inhabitant since 1990.
The City have a goal to be free of fossile fuel in 2050.

Read more here

Stockholm hostel on top list

The prison hostel Långholmen vandrarhem has been awarded with an Hoscar for "The best hostel in Sweden 2008" by Hostel World and is also placed as number eight in Europe by Hostelbookers.  Hostelworld and Hostelbookers are the largest bookingsites when it comes to hostels and the award is as prestigious as the Oscar. The Hostelworld prize is based on the rating of 800.000 individual guests evaluation.

- Newly renovated cells and showers, free access to internet etcetera and hospitable staff are a part of the success. But I believe that its the environment on the island of Långholmen that really have made the hostel popular. There are few capitals that offer a pleasant night in a prison in combination with clean water for a swim and a stroll on a beautiful green island just around the corner from the urban city, says Pontus Mannerstig at Långholmen Prison hostel.

New Design hotel on Östermalm

Stockholm will get a new design hotel. On March 9 the 82 room Story Hotel will open in the city. The rooms at Story Hotel are small and personally decorated - a bohemian boutique hotel I would say. The new hotel is situated on Riddargatan 8, with a restaurant: Story Restaurang & Bar on Riddargatan 6 and a small shop with clothes and accessories. They also work together with Wonderwall for art. Keep up to date on their blog.

Ecologic candy

Candy made of real raspberries or strawberries, with no added artificial colors. Does that sound like a great idéa or just plain boring. Well, anyways. Sjölunda gård produces ecological candy; so far jellyhearts, classical jelly blend or a sour blend. They use ecologic unrefined sugar etcetera.

You can buy them here and at the local ICA or COOP store:
Earth N More
Stora Nygatan 14
Gamla stan, Stockholm

Österlånggatan 28
Gamla stan, Stockholm

New route from Toulon in France

Ryanair opens a new route from France to Stockholm Skavsta Airport. The new route flies twice every week from Toulon in southern France, from April 21, to Stockholm.

Stockholms best "semla"

Image: DN På Stan - Semla from Vetekatten
Almost as soon as christmas is over Swedes starts eating whipped cream buns. 5 Semlor (thats the name) per person is the average number of Semla-buns that a swede eat every year. The semla should be eaten on Fat Tuesday, but why only once a year?

DN På Stan lists the top cafées for a semla - and here is one recommendation from every corner of the city:
Vetekatten, Kungsgatan 55, City
Xoko, Rörstrandsgatan 15, Vasastan
Gunnarsons Specialkonditori, Götgatan 92, Södermalm
Tössebageriet, Karlavägen 77, Östermalm

This morning i recieved my first semla - from the semmelwinner Vetekatten. And I must say - it tasted delicious!

Read more about the semla tradition on

Time for tea

Picture: Chaikhana in Gamla Stan
Well, the cold weather calls for tea. Luckily Stockholm have some really great tea houses. Pamper yourself during your stay in Stockholm at these places:

Sturekatten - move back some hundred years back in time and enjoy a cup of tea in antique furniture and antique surroundings in the middle of the city. Riddargatan 4, östermalm.
Chaikhana - they really know how to make a good cup of tea at this place in Gamla Stan. They are specialized in tea and offer a wide range of top quality teas.
Classic Tea room - Typical brittish tea room in Scandinavia.
T-bar at Diplomat Hotel - Enjoy the water view from this exclusive hotel on Strandvägen.

New route from Hannover, Germany

Air Berlin opens a new route from Hannover to Stockholm Arlanda Airport. The route opens April 20, 2009.

Gourmet restaurant certified ecologic


, one of Stockholms Michelin star restaurants, have been certified with the Swedish Svanen eco lable. Its the first restaurant in Scandinavia that recieves the Svanen lable.

New old Malmsten shop for design

One of Swedens furniture pioneers is Carl Malmsten. They have refurbished the place to take the design into a new era. You will find them at the same address as for the last 69 years; Strandvägen 5B, Stockholm, but the experience will be new. You will be refreshed by the genuine quality of Carl Malmstens furniture accompanied by the best of Swedish handicrafts of today. For the opening occasion we have cooperated with designer Martin Bergström (print above) and creator Pontus Djanaieff to dress up some of Carl Malmstens classics. Welcome in to take part of a new era. Images from Noll Images will also be at display.

Chef of the year works in Stockholm

The Chef of the year
competition in Sweden became a double victory for Stockholm and for the gourmet restaurant F12. Viktor Westerlind was named "Årets Kock 2009" (Chef of The Year) followed by Christoffer Ekman, both of them working at F12 in Stockholm.

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