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I Am Pride

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I Am Pride

“I Am Pride” at West Pride festival West Pride is a cultural city festival for everyone – a place where everyone has the right to be themselves. And be proud of it. Between May 20 and June 2 Gothenburg will be adorned with the rainbow flag. This year’s campaign message is “I am pride”. The message is based on visitor participation to show their pride and thus become part of the festival. Pride festival highlights criticism on LGBT lives The festival is highlighting the standard criticism and LGBT persons’ lives in an...

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Green Sweden

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Green Sweden

Green and Sustainable Sweden Coming to Sweden? Want green travel, green accommodation, green attractions, eco-labeled adventures, green city tours and big, big nature activities? Eco-tourism? A big loud YES to all of them. Sweden has the lot. Swedes have an affinity with nature, probably because most have access to a countryside cottage and spend as much time there as they can foraging for mushrooms and berries, taking a dip in a lake, relaxing with family and friends and enjoying an unspoiled environment. Being sustainable in other words....

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Christmas in Sweden

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Christmas in Sweden

Christmas in Sweden sees its cities, towns and villages glow against the white winter landscape. It’s Christmas card perfect. Come to Sweden and celebrate its Christmas markets, feast at a Swedish julbord, and be utterly charmed by Sweden’s take on the Lucia Festival (read: procession of cute children, carol singing and saffron buns). Christmas Markets: Enjoy the fresh nip in the air, get rosy cheeks and take your cheer outside. Just wrap yourself up in a scarf, hat and gloves and hit the skating-rink before strolling through the festive...

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Shopping in Gothenburg, Sweden

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Shopping in Gothenburg, Sweden

From the Visit Sweden Newsletter Gothenburg is big enough to make you feel that you are in a major international destination, but small enough that you can do it all on foot. Or take a short tram ride between the shopping districts and discover a wide variety of Swedish food, clothes, furniture, and art. Here are the highlights of the area: Nordstan Nordstan is Sweden’s largest shopping centre with around 150 stores, boutiques cafés and eateries; the Swedish retailing giants like H&M (try them on their own turf), Åhléns (department...

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Cultural Immersion and the Short-Term Stay

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Cultural Immersion and the Short-Term Stay

Nearly twenty years ago, I found myself in Göteborg (Gothenburg), Sweden, holding a map of the city, stretched out at arms length, while I tried to orient myself. I had just walked off the ferry from Aalborg, Denmark, and had no idea where I was. I needed food and shelter, and to find a bank for some Swedish Krones. It was one of those moments when I secretly hoped someone would just come along and help me, but no one ever does. Then, a young, and I don’t mind telling you a very cute, woman approached me and said, “What are you looking for?”...

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Eating Easy in West Sweden

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Eating Easy in West Sweden

March, 2011 — Even the likes of Food Network superstars such as Mario Batali and Emeril Lagasse would be spoiled for choices in the gastronomic hot spot of West Sweden. Gothenburg,Sweden’s number two city and a popular European weekend escape, tops the regional list. But nearby provinces have a sustainable edge. For more than a decade key chefs and restaurants throughout West Sweden have focused their sites on making it a culinary destination of such distinction and excellence that it rivals foodie favorites such as Paris and Rome.  A...

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Stockholm’s Polar Music Prize

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A guy who looks a lot like Viggo Mortensen elbows in beside me at the bar and grabs a glass of champagne. He flashes me an electrifyingly white smile and disappears into the crowd. The only kids in the lounge at Stockholm’s dramatic concert hall, survey me, decide I’m not anybody famous, and turn, giggling, to glide behind Mortensen—or his twin brother—as he evaporates into a haze of Scandinavian celebrities. Here, in attendance at the pre-concert party to honor the 2008 laureates of the Polar Music Prize, I am surrounded by Scandinavian...

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And the Winner is… ITKT’s Favorite Flight

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There are a lot of perks being a travel writer. For those wondering, it’s all the travel. Unfortunately, between the ridiculous airport security, plummeting U.S. economy, luggage charges and flight delays there is little to like about air travel anymore. Moreover, as a resident of Los Angeles, all of my international flights are usually, multi-leg long haul flights (unless I am going to Mexico or Canada.) requiring much more patience in the sky. Still, I have gotten use to all the changes in air travel and, sadly, have come to expect...

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Gothenburg Hugs Christmas

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November 25, 2008 – Gothenburg, Sweden’s second largest city, home of Volvo and Hasselblad, embraces Christmas with a largesse that is unbecoming of Scandinavian’s somewhat reticent culture. It hugs everyone. Scandinavia’s Christmas City No. 1, Gothenburg makes believers out of roughly 1.5 million who enter its enchanted Christmas realm of 700 evergreens, nearly 4 miles of fir garlands, 5 million sparkling lights and the largest Christmas market in Scandinavia. Happiness overcomes smitten individuals and families who enter the 85...

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Culture Breaks – Sweden

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The stunning area of West Sweden offers a wonderful wilderness with rocky coastline, quaint fishing villages, important historical sites, magnificent castles, and as the jewel in its crown – there is Gothenburg – enchanting and cosmopolitan in equal measures. Scandinavias largest sea port can be found in Gothenburg. An ideal way to appreciate the magic of Gothenburg is by bicycle or by foot. Götaplatsen Square provides the cultural hub of the city, a central spot from which you can discover the world-class Opera House, the National Symphony...

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Gardens of Gothenburg 2008

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For three glorious months from June 28 until September 28, one of Northern Europe’s largest flower and garden exhibitions will present the best of Scandinavian and international garden design. Liseberg Park Four stunning but highly diverse parks will each play a part in the Gardens of Gothenburg Exhibition. Gothenburg Botanical Garden, Gunnebo House and Gardens, Liseberg Park and the Garden Society of Gothenburg (Trädgårdsföreningen) each will offer a totally different experience for visitors and there will be something of interest for...

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Crusing Northern Europe

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Expedition-style Cruises through the Gulf Of Bothnia, Exploring above the Arctic Circle, Including Lapland and Remote Islands, then Visiting the Cultural Capitals of Tallinn and St. Petersburg, Roundtrip From Helsinki. Maiden Voyage, July14, 2008. PORT WASHINGTON, NY – Elegant Cruises & Tours, Inc., a niche cruise line specializing in culturally enriching travel to Europe is introducing a new itinerary for the M.S. Andrea in 2008, exploring the Gulf of Bothnia, from above the Arctic Circle and the lands of the “midnight sun” to the...

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Sweden in January

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January 22-27 Kiruna Snow Festival In the end of january each year the Snow festival takes place in Kiruna. During Wednesday to Saturday the Snow Sculpting Competion will be held. The competition this year have the status as Open Swedish Championship. The grande snow event is another kind of snowevent in another kind of city. Kiruna, the wellknown Wintercity, have found an own niche. During the festival week there are many attractions in the sparkling arctic winter. For further information: http://kiruna.snowfestival.se Ph. +46 980 188 80...

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A New Year’s Travel Resolution

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All good travel starts with an idea. And what’s a more comfortable way to gather those ideas than armchair traveling with In The Know Traveler? To get your adventures started, let In The Know Traveler and a list put together by the United Nations help. While the UN is an organization that you don’t usually associate with travel recommendations, each year they rank their 175 member countries on living standards such as real income, health, and education. Why not set your travel sights on places where the livin’ is easy? In this year’s list...

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News From Sweden

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Diverse exhibitions, a regional event that opens artists’ studios to curious visitors, a new hotel, and a huge EuroPride event are among the new tourism related developments in Sweden for 2008. Those with a gourmet palate as well as connoisseurs of fine wine will find the concurrent GastroNord and Vinordic fairs at the Stockholm International Fairs exposition center of great interest. GastroNord, April 22-25, 2008 is Scandinavia’s largest fair with products and services for catering, hotels, restaurants. Vinordic, April 23-26, 2008 is...

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