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August Strindberg – a literary icon in Sweden Photo courtesy of Nordiska museet

August Strindberg – a literary icon in Sweden whose works will be on exhibit this summer. Photo courtesy of Nordiska museet

One hundred years after August Strindberg passed away, his lifetime achievements continue to glow as brightly as ever. Strindberg is probably the most well-known Swedish author of all times (despite Stieg Larsson’s more recent success with the Millennium trilogy). The fact that it’s been 100 years since Strindberg passed away will not go unnoticed in Stockholm, which was the city he called home.

With novels such as The Red Room (Röda rummet), Natives of Hemsö (Hemsöborna), and Inferno, plus a number of plays, Strindberg firmly established himself as the most prominent Swedish author of the 19th century. He was also an acknowledged painter. He was apparently aware of his achievements. One of his most well known quotes was, “My fire is the largest in Sweden.”

Be that as it may, Swedes have taken him to their hearts over the years. As a reflection of that fact, Nordiska Museet opened a new Strindberg exhibition that will be on display for the remainder of 2012. The exhibition focuses on Strindberg’s life and works.

The Strindberg exhibition is only one of the activities that we recommend for cruise ship visitors to Sweden’s capital in 2012. Below are some  events you may want to put on your must-see list when cruising to or from Stockholm.

May

  • May marks the beginning of the cruise season in Stockholm. First to visit the Swedish capital will be AIDAsol, a ship in the fleet of the German operator AIDA Cruises. She will be followed by a number of other international cruise ships.
  • Just in time for visiting cruise passengers, the new Spritmuseum (museum of liquor) opens on Djurgården.
  • Slow Art opens at Nationalmuseum. The exhibition takes a closer look at contemporary movements in fine craft where technique, materials and the work process are considered especially important.
  • If you want to experience a piece of Norway when in Sweden, the chance is yours on 17 May when the Norwegian National Day is celebrated at Skansen.

June

  • On June 6, it’s time to celebrate the Swedish National Day. Where? At Skansen, of course.
  • Six days later, on June 12, Lenny Kravitz performs at Gröna Lund.
  • June 13-17 , some of the strongest persons on the planet visit Stockholm in connection with the World Cup in Classic Powerlifting.
  • If you’re in Sweden between June 22-24, don’t miss the traditional midsummer celebrations at Skansen.

July

  • On July 7, Pearl Jam performs at the Globe Arena.
  • During Stockholm Pride, between July 31 and August 4, gays and lesbians take over the streets of central Stockholm.

August

  • Experience Swedish life in the 18th century at Skansen.

Ongoing

  • Through September, the Stockholm City Museum offers guided ABBA City Walks and Millennium tours. The Millennium tours, of course, offer a glimpse of Stockholm as depicted in the Millennium trilogy by deceased Swedish journalist and author Stieg Larsson.
  • Anton Corbijn’s works are on display at Fotografiska museet (The Museum of Photography). The Dutch photographer is world famous for his pictures of rock stars and politicians – among others. A range of other photographers will also be on display at Fotografiska museet throughout the year.

For Families & Kids

  • This year, a new area for kids opens at Skansen, Sweden’s oldest outdoor museum.
  • The amusement park Gröna Lund opens in late April.