Stieg Larsson first to sell 1 million books at Kindle
today announced that Stieg Larsson, author of the internationally bestselling Millennium Trilogy, has become the first author to sell over 1 million Kindle books and is the first member of the new “Kindle Million Club.” The “Kindle Million Club” recognizes authors whose entire body of work has sold over 1 million copies in the Kindle Store Customers can buy the three books in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy from the Kindle Store, and read them everywhere—on their Kindle, Kindle DX, iPhone, iPod touch, BlackBerry, PC, Mac, iPad and Android devices.

“Larsson’s books have captivated millions of readers around the world and ignited a voracious interest in the lives of its main characters Lisbeth Salander and Michael Blomqvist,” said Russ Grandinetti, Vice President of Kindle Content. “It’s been exciting to have been a part of introducing so many people to these great books.”

Archipelago Islands in a day back and forth

Metro lists their favorite islands in the archipelago for a daytrip. (photo: Grinda Wärdshus)

Grinda - Beaches and a lovely Inn (Grinda wärdshus), canoe rentals and farms makes it a perfect place for the entire family. Takes 1 hour and 20 minutes with Waxholmsbolaget or Strömma. 120 SEK.

Sandhamn - This sailboat capital in the summer is where you will spot the rich, beautiful and famous in Stockholm. Takes 1 hour and 50 minutes with Waxholmsbolaget or Strömma. 130 SEK.

Stora Kalholmen - Go back in time. This charming island has a popular, but austere, hostel with no running water. Takes 2 hours with Cinderella Boats. 180 SEK.

Vaxholm - is bubbling in the summer. Cozy cafes, restaurants, shops and a fancy hotel makes it a popular destination all year around. Takes 1 hour with Strömma or Waxholmsbolaget. SEK 75.

Fjäderholmarna - Stockholms closest archipelago island with the Fjäderholmarnas krog restaurant and the popular Smoked fish restaurant.  Fjäderholmslinjen or Waxholmsbolaget from Slussen. SEK 60. 

Photo: Fjäderholmarnas Krog

Gay-Exhibitions in Stockholm

Several museums and attractions in are arranging with guided tours and exhibitions on different LGBT-themes during Pride week, July 26-31.

  • Armémuseum (army museum) about queer and transsexual military guided tours. everyday at 13.
  • Etnografiska museet (ethnographical) outdoor exhibition ethno-queer images. Daily..
  • Hallwylska museet - (former home of the hallwyl family) culture historical champagne samles in the museum kitchen. Every day at 18.
  • Livrustkammaren (Royal Armoury) Guided tour on the theme can you be more hetro than the king - on royal expression of power. Daily 26–29 july at 15.
  • Sjöhistoriska museet (sea historic)
    Utställningen Hur mycket makt vill du ha?, där maritima uniformer ställs i relation till makt och normer och visar på symbolers maktspråk.
  • Stadsmuseet  (City museum) two queer guided tours of Skogskyrkogården cemetary and two trans-guided tours of stockholm.
  • Tekniska museet  (technical museum)
    Nerd cafe with an LGTB-twist. Speaches daily 27–30 july at 15.
  • Vasamuseet  (the Vasa museum)
    Guided tour about women (dressed as men) who worked on the ships in the 15th and 16th century. Dailyat 14 and 15.

Stockholm in rainbow flags during Stockholm Pride

The most important event of the year in LGBT Stockholm is the Stockholm Pride Festival, which runs from July 26 – August 1. The theme of this year’s festival is ”power.” Don't be surprized of all the rainbow-flags in the city this week. You will find the busses all over the city manifests the Pride festival with rainbow-flags and several museums with interesting exhibitions etcetera.

Stockholm Pride is the largest pride festival in the Nordic region, as well as Stockholm's largest public event; the parade alone draws 50,000 participants and 500,000 spectators. The seven days of the festival feature a mix of parties and parades, seminars and political debates on LGBT issues.

Rough guides loves Stockholm

Rough Guides
,  a leading publisher of travel and reference information, loves Stockholm. Stockholm is found among the top five destination for a summer in the city vacation.

"Stockholm is a beautiful city to visit at any time of year, but it really comes to life in the summer months when it's warm enough to see the sights and explore the city to the full. Many visitors are unaware of Stockholm's secret weapon – the spectacular archipelago featuring a staggering 30,000 islands, islets and skerries – and just a boat trip or ferry ride away from the city"

Photo: Flickr

New Art Hall at the Marabou-park

Sweden or Switzarland? Some people confuse Sweden for Switzarland, and thinks that Sweden is the chocolate and watch country. But as a matter of fact,  Swedish chocolate is pretty good, and one of the brands, Marabou, has a park and art gallery worth a visit. Especially this year with opening of a  new exhibition space and restaurant opening in late August.

Marabou Park was commissioned by Marabou's founder Henning Throne-Holst as a recreational park for the employees of his chocolate factory and contains an impressive sculpture collection. The park was ingeniously conceived and created on a hectare of once unpromising terrain by Sven Hermelin (1900-1984), a key figure in Swedish landscape architecture. And when the park opened in the 50s it became a well known destination for art-lovers. The park is situated in the suburb Sundbyberg.

The new art hall will be inaugurated on August 28 with the exhibition "Park life" wheere artists such as Dave Allen, Martin Boyce, nathan Coley, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Kohei Yoshiyuki and Kerstin Bergendal and more will exhibit.

Trendy souvernirs

I really like Dala horses, but there are plenty of trendy souvernirs to buy when you are in Stockholm. Trendy clogs, black and white fabrics and tray are just some of the ideas.

One of the swedish fashion brands, Hope-Sthlm, have done a "map-print" for NK which is found in their Room:117 area in the glass department on the lower ground floor. The print is the map of central Stockholm around 200 years ago. (photo: ibeyostudio)

Swedish hasbeens produces and sells trendy clog-shoes. How about these "Grease Sky highs" as a souvernir from Sweden. Swedish hasbeens is a Stockholm based company.

One of my favorite give away souvernirs is the "Plattan" tray featuring the graphic pattern of the Sergel Torg square, which by stockholmers is called "plattan" (which is swedish for record as well as "the flat surface"). The tray is designed by Barbro Tryberg and can be boutght at Designtorget.

La Clique to Stockholm Culture Festival

Bizarre and Beautiful ... amazing burlesque and unmissable" writes the Sunday Express Olivier Awards in 2009 about La Clique.

La Clique is this year's guest appearances at Stockholm Culture Festival with premiere on the first festival day. The show has toured worldwide and played in sold-out houses with a unique genre - music hall, cabaret and burlesque in one. The Swedish illusionist Carl-Einar Häckner is one of the performers.

The Culture Festival in Stockholm takes place 10-15 August this year. More than 500 shows performed by 250 artists from all over the globe will be crammed into six days. There will be free admission to 99% of the program. Since its launch in 2006 the festival has quickly become a regular event and a great success among both Stockholm residents and visitors. The Stockholm Culture Festival attracts 300 000 visitors every year.

They will perform in Stockholm August 10-15 during the Culture Festival and then later; September 10-19. Don't miss out. Buy your tickets here

Wedding aniversary in Stockholm

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones have been married for ten years this summer. For their ten years aniversary they decided to go to Stockholm.

They stayed at Grand Hotel and spent the days at the Vasamuseum, Djurgården island, the view at Fjällgatan and went shopping at NK, according to Expressen

Metros insiders guide to Stockholm

"The capital of Sweden offers a vibrant nightlife, trendy shopping and beaches right in the middle of the city Surrounded by water Stockholm is the perfect stop for a summer trip,  and when you get tired of life in the city the beautiful archipelago is only a boat ride away" writes Metro in their english edition (pages 12-13) of todays newspaper (found at the metros stations for free). They list their favorite places for

Blå Porten - Great place for home made food located on Djurgården island surrounded by museums and Gröna Lund amusement park. 95-150 SEK for main Course. Address: Djurgårdsvägen 64
BAR - grill where guests can pick out their own fish.. Fish costs between 80-200 SEK. Address: Blasieholmsgatan 4A.
Gondolen - Good food and an impressing view of Stockholm 33 meters above the ocean. Main course costs around 300 SEK. Address: Stadsgården 6.

Södra Bar & Kök where you can sit and have a drink while getting a great view over Stockholm. It is open Tuesday–Sunday. Address: Mosebacke torg 1–3.
Ljunggrens is a popular bar on one of the liveliest streets of Södermalm. Address: Götgatan 36.
Spy Bar Humlan, Open air bar and restaurant that houses all the trendy people all day. Address: Sturegatan/humlegårdsgatan, Humlegården.

Feel like dancing
F12 - Trendiest out door club. Fun, expensive and cool crowd. Restaurant closed but the bar is open. Address: Fredsgatan 12.
Berns - Lively and large night club with a nice outdoor terrace. Address: Näckströmsgatan 8.
Trädgården - indieclub in the south of the city where you dance under the huge bridge piers. Address: hammarby Slussväg 2.

Top attractions
The Vasa Museum
Gamla Stan (old town)

Södermalm "and especially the SoFo area (South of Folkungagatan) is the boho-chic part of town with fun shopping and vibrant nightlife. Some of the best restaurants are here, but also the best walks with stunning views over the city and water".

"Typical Swedish food is salted or smoked salmon and pickled herring. You can find them in all grocery stores, or for quality products visit indoor food markets Östermalmshallen, Söderhallarna and Hötorgshallen". 

Department stores: "On Hamngatan 18-20 lies NK, Nordiska Kompaniet, a classic department store that opened in 1902 with six stories of designer goods. Åhléns City closer to the central station at Klarabergsgatan 50 is the other big department store in the city. Åhléns mixes lyxury brands and other more affordable options".

Trendy boutiques: "Visit SoFo, South of Folkungagatan, for trendy unique boutiques and lovely cafés. A cool hopping mall on Södermalm is Bruno, on Götgatan 36, with stores including Filippa K, The Local Firm, Whyred, American Apparel and Avenue Clothing".

5 top attractions with a view

Metro lists their five top attractions with a view in Stockholm:

1) City Hall Tower. 30 kronor takes you to the top of the City hall, 106 meter of stair climbing...
2) SkyView. The latest attraction in stockholm takes you to the top of Ericsson Globe Arena. 120 kronor
3) Skrapan. The former tax-building has become a shopping mall with a skyview bar viewing the entire city from the 26th floor.
4) Stockholmers favorite view point is not Fjällgatan, but Monteliusvägen on Södermalm.
5) Kaknästornet a real classic view tower in stockholms tallest building 155 meter high. Here you find a restaurant and cafee as well. Adults 35 kronor.

Royal house of Bernadotte

Love is still in the air in Stockholm. Why not visit the original home of Prince Eugene - a well renowned painter and member of the Royal Family. His home is now a museum, situated beautifully on the island of Djurgården with a stunning water view, an art hall, nice cafées and a inspiring garden.

This summer you can enjoy these two exhibitions
Royal House of Bernadotte (until October 3)
Ring and Crown (until October 3)

This autumn Waldemarsudde focuses on art from last turn of the century with three exhibitions, two painters and glass:
Roland Svensson, painted the Stockholm Archipelago, September 18 - January 16, 2011
Art Deco glass from Reijmyre glassworks in Sweden, September 25 - November 28 2010
Masterpieces by Anders Zorn, one of Swedens top painters, October 23 2010 - January 23 2011

Fashion, concept and documentary at Fotografiska

Fotografiska presented its three exhibitions for Fall 2010 just recently. Expect an in-depth look at today’s most compelling and trendsetting photography. The best of fashion, conceptual, and documentary work.

  1. Fashion – fashion photography from now and then, September 24 - January 2, 2011
  2. Peter ten Hoopen Stockholm, September 10 – November 28, 2010
    1. Sandy Skoglund– The Artificial Mirror, September 10 - November 6, 2010

Svenskt Tenn opens webstore

The Stockholm based interior design shop Svenskt Tenn has opened a web-shop. So now you don't have to go to Stockholm in order to shop their beautiful fabrics, furnitures and details - but ofcourse you want to go to Stockholm and be inspired by the original store.

Book your Stockholm stay at best price

Via Stockholmtown, Stockholms official visitors guide, you can book your hotel at the best price available in Stockholm. The hotel booking service is available through
 direct partnership with hotels and hostels

  • No booking fees - no added booking fees or hidden taxes
  • Pay at check-out - you may pay directly to the hotel upon departure - no advance payment
  • No cancellation fees - cancel your reservation for free by 18:00 (6 PM) the day before arrival
  • Best available rate - we offer the best rates and offers through our direct partnership with hotels

Curious? Then try it here at Stockholmtown

New Connect Hotel opens this autumn

The Connect Hotel Chain will open their fourth hotel in Stockholm. Connect Hotel City, situated on Alströmergatan 41 on Kungsholmen will be three-star in the price range budget to mid-range, with prices ranging from 795 SEK. Connect Hotels already run three hotels in Stockholm; at the Arlanda airport, Stockholm International Fairs and the Skavsta Airport outside of Nyköping. Connect Hotels focus on environment, safety and design, which will be reflected in the new hotel.

The Connect Hotel City will be open late autumn 2010. The address will be Alströmergatan 41, around the corner from S:t Eriksgatan. Opening hotels on Kungsholmen seems to be the latest trend in Stockholm. The Marriot Chain opened the Courtyard Stockholm Kungsholmen in February this year.

Tourism creates jobs in Sweden and Stockholm

Tourism helped to create new jobs and higher export earnings in 2009, the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (Tillväxtverket) according to The Local. Total tourism revenue increased by over six percent to 251.7 billion kronor ($32.87 billion) last year and created nearly 12,000 new full-time jobs, while export value, as measured by foreign visitor consumption in Sweden, rose by nearly 13 percent to 93.6 billion kronor in 2009.

This result was higher than the exports of cars, iron and steel combined, added the Swedish Hotel and Restaurant Association (Sveriges Hotell & Restaurang företagare, SHR).

Total Tourism revenue for Stockholm is 23 billion kronor and creates employment for some 19 000 people.

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