Reading list inspiration for travel
Books & eBooks
- A Year in Lapland: Guest of the Reindeer HerdersView on Amazon A young American's first-hand account of his 17-month stay with the Saami reindeer herders of Swedish Lapland. By Hugh Beach.
- City of My DreamsView on Amazon The first book in the author's best-selling five-volume series begins the story of Henning Nilsson and his family, providing a spellbinding window into 19th century Stockholm. By Per Anders Fogelström; translated by Jennifer Brown Baverstam.
- Fika: The Art of The Swedish Coffee Break, with Recipes for Pastries, Breads, and Other TreatsView on Amazon An illustrated lifestyle cookbook on the Swedish tradition of fika — a twice-daily coffee break — including recipes for traditional baked goods, information and anecdotes about Swedish coffee culture, and the roots and modern incarnations of this cherished custom. By Anna Brones and Johanna Kindvall.
- Song of the Vikings: Snorri and the Making of Norse MythsView on Amazon The author recounts the life of Snorri Sturluson, wealthy chieftain, wily politician, witty 13th century storyteller and the sole source of Viking lore for all of Western literature. By Nancy Marie Brown.
- The Fly TrapView on Amazon A mesmerizing memoir of extraordinary brilliance, the entomologist-author chronicles his life collecting hoverflies on a remote island (Runmaro) in Sweden. By Fredrik Sjöberg; translated by Thomas Teal.
- The Girl with the Dragon TattooView on Amazon The blockbuster novel recounting the disappearance of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden...and about her octogenarian uncle, determined to know the truth about what he believes was her murder. By Stieg Larsson; translated by Reg Keeland.
- The Great Enigma: New Collected PoemsView on Amazon A complete collection of the the Nobel Prize-winning Swedish poet's works. Firmly rooted in the natural world, they probe "the great unsolved love" with the opening up, through subtle modulations, of "concrete words." By Tomas Tranströmer; translated by Robin Fulton.
- The Norse MythsView on Amazon The author begins with an extensive introduction, touching on Norse history, cosmology, myth sources and their prevailing structure. It then continues with a selection of 32 myths, arranged chronologically from creation on. By Kevin Crossley-Holland.
- The VikingsView on Amazon This encyclopedic, scholarly study brings together the latest research on Viking art, burial customs, class divisions, jewellery, kingship, poetry and family life. The result is a rich and compelling picture of an extraordinary civilisation. By Else Roesdahl; translated by Kirsten Williams and Susan Margeson.
Articles & Academic Papers
- “Alfred Nobel and the Prize That Almost Didn’t Happen”View on NYTimes.com When Alfred Nobel, the Swedish inventor of dynamite and more powerful explosives, died in 1896, he bequeathed the bulk of his fortune to create five annual prizes honoring ingenuity. However, the Nobel Prizes almost never came to be largely because of the unsophisticated way Nobel drew up his will. By Lawrence K Altman MD.
- “Can Remnants of Ancient Life Show Us How to Live Wisely Into the Future?”View on nautil.us In the next decade, nuclear-waste experts in Finland and Sweden hope to build the world’s first-ever long-term storage repositories for spent nuclear fuel. By Vincent Ialenti.
- “Crossing the Øresund”View on NYTimes.com Reflections on the longest combined road and rail bridge in Europe. By David Margolick.
- “Sweden: The New Laboratory for a Six-Hour Work Day”View on TheAtlantic.com Officials in Gothenburg hope less time at the office will make workers healthier and more productive. By Uri Friedman.
- “The Art Insider’s Guide to Stockholm”View on NYTimes.com Saskia Neuman, Absolut’s global art manager, shares her favorite galleries, restaurants and bars in the up-and-coming art town. By Julie Baumgardner.
- “The Baltic Sea: Geology and Geotourism Highlights”View on centralbalticgeotourism.eu In this scholarly article, the authors reveal the geological history and formation of of the Baltic Sea, as well as pointing out the premier islands to visit. By Igor Tuuling, Heikki Bauert, Sebastian Willman and Graham E Budd.
- “The Long History of Swedish Bread”View on archaeology.su.se In this scholarly article, an archaeologist examines continuity and change in Swedish bread-cereal traditions. By Karin Viklund.
- “The miracle of Älmhult”View on TheGuardian.com It started by piggybacking its deliveries on milk trucks, and was almost wiped out by a fire. Now it has 186 stores in 31 countries and has made its reclusive founder, Ingvar Kamprad, the world's richest man - while producing the beds on which 10% of Europeans were conceived. What is the secret of Ikea's success? And what exactly is a Mållen clip for? By Oliver Burkeman.
- “The node pole: inside Facebook’s Swedish hub near the Arctic Circle”View on TheGuardian.com Remote datacentre in Luleå cools itself using freezing outside air, has a fence to keep moose out and processes your selfies. By Luke Harding.
- “The Sound of Sweden”View on NewYorker.com Do you like Swedish pop music? The answer is probably yes, even if you can’t name a single artist born in Sweden. By Sasha Frere-Jones.
Online Sources & Blogs
- “In Sweden, Remote-Control Airport Is A Reality”Listen on npr.org Ornskoldsvik is the first airport in the world to land passenger planes remotely.
- “Sampling Sweden’s Traditional Surströmming”Listen on soundcloud.com In this PRI World report, Surströmming is herring that's put into barrels until the point it almost starts to rot, and it smells terribly but the taste is pretty special.
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Who to Follow
- Twitter: Daniel DicksonFollow @daniel_dickson @Reuters reporter covering Sweden.
- Twitter: Joanie RafidiFollow @rafidisgraffiti American Expat in Sweden. Content Marketing. Writer. Podcaster. Curator. Blogger. Former correspondent for the VoA & RadioSweden. Eclectic tweets.
- Twitter: Swedish LaplandFollow @SwedishLapland #SwedishLapland, the northernmost part of Sweden. From the archipelago to the mountain area above the Arctic Circle (Norrbotten, Skellefteå & Sorsele).
- Twitter: Totally StockholmFollow @TotallySthlm A free cultural English-language monthly magazine. We're your ultimate guide to everything Stockholm.
- Twitter: Try SwedishFollow @tryswedish Try Swedish is an open invitation from the country of Sweden to taste and explore the world of our food culture.