Prince Carl Philip designs for Svenskt Tenn

The swedish Prince Carl-Philip, brother of Crownprincess Victoria, have designed a fire screen in cast iron depicting The castle Tre Kronor with a decorative steeple in brass for Svenskt Tenn. The Tre Kronor was the old royal castle, which was tragically almost destroyed by a violent fire in 1697. The screen is made by Lyrestads gjuteri and is named "The Castle is on Fire" CPB 2101 and costs 13500 SEK.

The Prince designed silver cutlery "CPB 2091" for Mema GAB last year.

Environment focus at Stockholm-Arlanda

On March 23, 2010, Stockholm-Arlanda Airport will implement changes in its system for calling taxis in order to give priority to ecotaxis and reduce the number of taxis that arrive at the airport with no fares. The new rules are expected to gradually increase the number of ecotaxis at the airport and make it easier for travellers to select a taxi company.

Stockholm-Arlanda is engaged in intensive efforts to minimise the environmental impact of airport operations, which also include traffic to and from the airport. One step in this work is to have 100 per cent of all taxis at the airport be ecotaxis by July 1, 2011.

Routes increases by 5 pct at Arlanda

Airlines are investing in new and more frequent departures to Stockholm Arlanda Airport this summer. Total capacity is expected to increase by 5 per cent for international traffic. A few examples:
Route expansion, low-fare airlines
Route expansion, intercontinental
Route expansion, Europe
Read all about it here

Biblioteksgatan turns into Biblioteksstaden

Biblioteksgatan-street in the exclusive Östermalms shopping district will strengthen its identity in the neighborhood. The so called golden triangle, between Norrlandsgatan, Birger Jarlsgatan and Norrmalmstorg, is becomming a living fashion mecka for "slow shopping" and with fashion shows, sitting areas and flowers. Major Scandinavian brands, such as Tiger, Hope, Byredo, J Lindeberg, Malene Birger etcetera are already found in the area.

New vintage market opens on Östermalm

A vintage market, Stockholm Weekend Market, will open by Sandhamnsgatan and the pink café Borgen on Gärdet in the Royal National City Park, April 17. The market will be open every Saturday from 10-17 until winter. vintage clothes, ecologic food, design and antiquities will be for sale. 

Stockholm - one of the worlds sexiest cities

Sunday Times lists the world’s 12 sexiest cities in their april issue of their travel magazine. Stockholm is, as only Scandinavian city, found on the list in the company of cities such as: Rome, Bath, Havanna, London, New York, Berlin, Paris, St Petersburg, Sevile, Tangier and Istanbul.

"Know the moment you realise you’ve got the hots for someone you’ve just been friends with for a while? Well, that’s Stockholm: ordered on the surface, a bit of a goer underneath. Under the arches of City Hall, there’s a fine wide angle of Södermalm island, the Soho quarter: spiny church towers, facades in spice-jar shades – all textbook Stockholm", says Sunday Times Travel Magazine.

Frantzén-Lindeberg a new two star restaurant

Only four resturants in the nordic countries have two stars in Guide Michelin. Stockholm have two restaurants with two stars.

Restaurants with Two stars
- Mathias Dahlgren Matsalen
- Frantzén/Lindeberg

Restaurants with One star
- Mathias Dahlgren Matbaren
- Esperanto
- Fredsgatan 12
- Lux Stockholm

- Leijontornet and Operakällaren lost their stars.

Read also about the White Guide restaurants here.

Best hotel prices in Scandinavia

Stockholm has the lowest hotel prices in the Nordic Countries. A hotel room costs about 1 100 SEK according to

Largest Facebook-add launched on the Globe

"Do you want to see your face here?" askes the add on Ericsson Globe Arena Sunday evening. The add is the start of a campaign on the Danish and Norwegian market to attract visitors to Stockholm.

The general idea is that swedes to flatter their danish and norwegian friends to make them want to go to Stockholm. You can be a member of the Kom til stockholm group on facebook. The person who attracts most friends to the fan-group will have their picture on the Ericsson Globe.

The campaign takes place on facebook:

New design shops on Östermalm

Three new interior design shops and one new building conservation shop have opened just recently.

Garbo interiors (image above), who did the interior at Hotel Stureplan, have opened a new interior design shop at Brahegatan 21 on Östermalm. With the Gustavian Style as foundation their new shop displays a modern and shabby chic style suited for the city.

Gertrude, former owners of NK bed and bath, have moved to new premisses on Smålandsgatan 2, Norrmalmstorg in the city selling exclusive bed and bathroom linnen from Ralph Lauren, Kenzo and Designers Guild etcetera.

La Murrina, Birger Jarlsgatan 2, is their first shop in Sweden. Among other things Murina sells Murano glass.

Gysinge is a well renowned building conservation store, south of Gävle, have now opened a shop in Stockholm, Storgatan 31 Östermalm. The conservation shop is situated in the city manor Oxenstiernska Malmgården. (image below)

Best view of the city from SkyView

Stockholms new attraction, SkyView, opened on February 5th 2010, and has become a great success. The SkyView consists of two glass gondolas, which can each carry 16 people. The gondolas travel up two sets of rails on the outside of the Event arena Ericsson Globe, the worlds largest spherical building, all the way to the top, 130 metres above sea level.

We picked a stormy winter day and tried it all out. Despite the weather, and vertigo, i survived. It was fun too.

Waiting to get on board

The view over Götgatan, Södermalm

Philippa and Ylva on their way up.

Radisson Blue Strand Hotel

As pr-manager Im always looking for news, but sometimes its great to re-visit old friends as well. Radisson Blue Strand Hotel, invited us to a hotel tour and lunch. Strand is one of the five star hotels in Stockholm. The hotel is situated superbly close to everything in Stockholm! The archipelago boats are virtually by the front doors, the best city shopping just a two minute walk, Old town just 5 minutes away and the island of Djurgården with many of the main attractions a nice walk along the Strandvägen boulevard.

The restaurant is really great with one of the best views in the city and they are also well known for their fantastic brunch. 

Their Tower suite has its own terrace with a view of the Royal Palace and is really one of a kind.

Tower Suite with view of the Nordic Museum, Vasamuseum and Skansen, all on Djurgården

Picture this terrace with a view of the Royal Palace in the summer...

Tower Suite

Best restaurants according to White Guide

White Guide have announced their list of the best swedish restaurants. Of the thirteen restaurants in the category international Masterclass 8 are found in Stockholm.
Mathias Dahlgren - Matsalen, Stockholm
Oaxen Krog, Hölö
Esperanto, Stockholm 
Operakällaren, Stockholm 
F12 Restaurant, Stockholm
Lux Stockholm, Stockholm 
Frantzén / Lindeberg, Stockholm 
Mistral, Stockholm

White Guide awarded Mathias Dahlgren Matsalen the gastronomy award, Operakällaren was awarded the best total experience and Oaxen Krog was awarded the best service award. All three restaurants are situated in Stockholm.

In addition Pontus!, Divino, Leijontornet, Mathias Dahlgren Matbaren, GQ, Rolfs Kök and Råkultur is found in the masterclass category and several others in the following categories

See pdf

Stockholm - a top investment destination

Stockholm takes a big leap to the top in renowned ranking list European Cities & Regions of the Future 2010/2011, by FDI Magazine and Financial Times. Now Stockholm in total is the 4th best European city for foreign direct investments.

Stockholm takes 4th place after London, Paris and Moscow. That means climbing 21 positions since last ranking 2008/2009. The evaluation is based in a number of criteria within areas Quality of life, Infrastructure, Business friendliness and FDI promotion strategy. 
“Stockholm is playing in the highest division. Our focus on knowledge-intense sectors such as ICT, life science and financial services is what investors are demanding. This is an acknowledgment of the international competitiveness of our businesses, the investment climate and our joint ability to promote the region’s competitive advantages.” said Mr Sten Nordin, Mayor of Stockholm.
Top 10 European cities & regions of the future
1. London
2. Paris
3. Moskva
4. Stockholm
5. Barcelona
6. Dublin
7. Vienna
8. Frankfurt
9. Bryssel
10. Edinburgh

More about the report here »

A pearl in the maritime Stockholm

You know the feeling of a pleasant surprize? Last week  I visited SS Orion a ship in the maritime environment on the Skeppsholmen island. I wasn't really expecting anything. But the ship and the people behind made a real impact. The ship has been restored to its former glory with mahogany - even on the toilet.

Though its an old steam ship the owners have modernised it so its now environmental friendly. "We replaced the ship’s oil-fired boiler with an environmental friendly heat pump. Our energy source to the heat pump is the water in Stockholms Ström (Actual water in the harbour) through a heat exchanger located below the water. The system is complemented with effective solar collectors on the top deck", says Bo Thorstenson the owner of the ship.

They are now hoping to host smaller executive meetings etcetera on the boat.

Tuff Tuff a new Gröna Lund attraction

With a goal of a roller-coaster attraction for all age-groups Gröna Lund amusement park will open a rollercoaster ride for the youngest visitors. With the new Tuff-Tuff-Train Gröna Lund has six roller coasterrides - one for each age group and grade of bravery.

The new attraction and the park opens on April 24 2010.

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