World Premiere of Strömstad Opera

A brand new opera stage in Sweden’s cultural life is born under the artistic leadership of Charlotta Huldt-Ramberg, won awards for its innovative opera work. It is housed in the fabulous Socitetshuset Skagerrak Stromstad from 1877.

On July 4, 2012 at 19:30 opened the doors for Strömstad Opera’s first premiere of an opera production of GB Pergolesi’s comic masterpiece La Serva Padrona. It’s a mad funny comedy, with wonderful wonderful music and where to end a woman’s list turns man’s mind!

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24-26 August: Open Shipyards on Orust

Photo Lisa Nestorson

The show, the 17th in a row, runs from the 24th until 26th of August and attracts new exhibitors and visitors as well as “old ones”. Approx. 150 yachts with a length of between 25 and 65 ft will be on display in the four participating harbours, Ellös, Kungsviken, Henån and Vindön. In Ellös you will also find app. 85 exhibitors of various equipment and accessories. Open Yards on Orust is a real success story according to both visitors and exhibitors. Every year around 20 – 22,000 boating enthusiasts from near and far travel to Orust to see what Swedish and international manufacturers have to offer in terms of larger yachts and marine equipment.

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20 – 22 July: Days of the Falls – Trollhättan

Trollhättan is a town by the southern tip of Lake Vänern. This is where the Days of the Falls, one of Sweden’s most popular and well-attended festivals, is held every year. The floodgates are opened and the water is released into its former channel. This impressive sight is a reminder of the huge forces the engineers have managed to tame, using locks and power stations. When the gates are opened, the river regains some of its original fierceness, as 300,000 litres of water a second cascades along the river channel. During the Days of the Falls, the town is teeming with activities. Genuine family entertainment is on offer, with a program containing activities suitable for visitors of all ages. The water roars down the falls several times a day, and this is your opportunity to experience this amazing force of nature. The falls are especially spectacular after dark, when they are lit.

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7 – 15 July: Hova Medieval Week– Hova, Gullspång

In July, a magical transformation takes place in Hova town center. A small 21st century village is travelling back in time – back to the medieval days. The park will be filled with market stalls, knights in shining armour, witty jesters, and merry musicians will be skipping down the main street playing tunes on their flutes. Visitors and local citizens dress up in medieval clothing in order to fit into the atmosphere.

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26 – 30 July: Women’s Match Racing World Championship, Långedrag

Sailing. Photo.Tuukka

One month prior to the Olympics Games, the Women’s World Match Racing Championships will be held in Långedrag, Gothenburg. This world championship will be especially important, as Women’s Match Racing will become an Olympic discipline at the Olympic Games in London. The build-up to the Olympic Games will culminate with the World Championships. This will also be the last opportunity for the top teams to compete before the Olympic Games, and in the same type of boat that will be used in London, the Elliot.


Midsummer Celebration. Photo: Lena Granefelt

After a long winter and months of darkness, the brightest day of the year is celebrated like no other day in Sweden. Families and friends gather around a flower decorated may pole to dance, sing, eat herring and drink flavored schnaps. This magical day is so important to swedes and the Swedish culture that it has become a national holiday.

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Win a Roadtrip of a Lifetime to West Sweden and Skåne

Fall in love with West Sweden and Skåne! At you can create your own dream vacation itinerary and win it, complete with a loaner Volvo.

Marstrand Island in Bohuslan - Photo Lisa Nestorson

Get seduced by West Sweden’s dramatic coastline with glittering archipelagoes, rocky islands, quaint fishing villages and outstanding seafood. Discover the pristine lakes and deep forests of Dalsland, and the blissful countryside in Västergötland with historical sites, atmospheric castles, green gardens and ravishing manor houses. Continue reading…

The Swedish West coast in Cannes

Cannes: Richard Ulfsäter, Claudia Galli, Camilla Läckberg and Per Hanefjord

Cannes: Richard Ulfsäter, Claudia Galli, Camilla Läckberg and Per Hanefjord

The renowned Cannes Film Festival is in full swing at the moment! It saw the unveiling of Fjällbacka Murders based on Camilla Läckberg’s crime fiction novels and filmed on Sweden’s west coast in the dreamy fishing village of Fjällbacka. The film crew and the crime novelist queen herself attended the festival, check out the pics.

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Crime à la Camilla Läckberg

Swedish crime writer Camilla Läckberg has already conquered Sweden and Europe. Now her focus is on the United States. The dream is to hit the top of the New York Times bestseller list.

She is one of the hottest crime writers in Sweden today, having sold three million books in Sweden alone and 6 million worldwide. Camilla Läckberg grew up in the picturesque fishing village of Fjällbacka, on the Swedish West Coast north of Gothenburg. And this is where all her detective stories play out.

Now her crime novels are being translated into a 10 x 90 minute television series based on the characters from her novels. The series, called “The Fjällbacka Murders” will be set in the very same small village, Fjällbacka, as she was born and where all her novels take place. “It’s the most beautiful place in the world—just to take a boat out in the archipelago is a magical adventure”, Läckberg said when we interviewed her in 2010. met with Camilla Läckberg at a book signing at the Greenwich Avenue book store Partners & Crime in New York earlier this month: