Local traditions and culture in Stockholm

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    I have hardly seen any city of...

    by Eberhard Written Aug 24, 2002

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    I have hardly seen any city of this size with so many Museums. You have to choose in accordance with your preferences. It will not be possible to see them all.
    Culture and history is everywhere: To see as a minimum: the old town Gamla Stan, the town hall, the kings palace, Skansen open air museum,
    You can have concerts of classical music and if you are a fan of Ballet: The Royal Ballet with a performance at the theatre of the king’s palace in Drottningholm. (But no chance if you do not reserve in advance)
    A little less cultural, but closer to the people: do not miss Kungsträdgarden (close to the Tourist Office) at lunch or also in the evening

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    One thing I noticed about...

    by SheDragon Written Aug 24, 2002

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    One thing I noticed about Sweden is that it is very 'do it yourself.' In a grocery store in the States, for instance, the people working there will do almost everything but pay your bill. In Sweden, you do everything, including pay for the bags you put your purchases in! Clerks in stores are not always asking you if you need help, not even if you are standing there with a 'Help me!' look on your face. If you want something, ask for it, or learn to do without.

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    During the summer 'holiday'...

    by SheDragon Written Aug 24, 2002

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    During the summer 'holiday' season, stores and attractions close very early. Unlike in the States, where stores stay open longer to take advantage of people not being at work, in Sweden, the stores close earlier, since no one will work. This is something to keep in mind when you want to buy something or do something late on a Sunday afternoon in July...whatever it is you want to do is most likely closed. Do your sightseeing and shopping early in the day, and enjoy the views that cost nothing after dinner.

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    It was at the 1972 Olympics...

    by billus Written Aug 24, 2002

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    It was at the 1972 Olympics that Silvia Sommerlath met Crown Prince Carl Gustaf of Sweden. The engagement of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Silvia Sommerlath was announced on March 12, 1976, and they were married on June 19 that year in the Stockholm Cathedral.

    Everyone knows ABBA's 'Dancing Queen.' But did you know that it was first performed at the wedding of Silvia Soommerlath to King Olaf?

    ...And when you get the chance

    You are the dancing queen

    Young and sweet, only thirty three
    Dancing queen
    Feel the beat from the tambourine

    Oh yeah

    So its not DANCING queen. Its dancing QUEEN. Get it?

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    Spring is finally here, and...

    by Fokas Written Aug 24, 2002

    Spring is finally here, and along with it Stockholm’s numerous outdoor cafes. Nearly all cafes and restaurants have seating available outdoors on the sidewalks and squares. On Stureplan you’ll find the Sturehof and Sturecompagniet outdoor cafes – two great meeting places.
    On Östermalmstorg you’ll find the popular Lisa på Torget, where you can enjoy a bite to eat in the
    evening sun, after you finish work.
    On Medborgarplatsen and
    Nytorget on Söder, you’ll find
    several fashionable and popular
    outdoor cafes, where you can
    enjoy plenty of good food and
    drinks. Get out and enjoy
    yourself!

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  • Bring your international...

    by eva_oberg Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Bring your international student card - museums often have a special student admission. If you want to fly domestic, SAS have special fares for people under the age of 25 and for students. If you're under 25 years old, you can get ANYWHERE (that SAS can take you in Sweden) for only 700 Skr (two-way ticket!).

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  • This hadn't happened to me...

    by borcsi Written Aug 24, 2002

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    This hadn't happened to me actually, but heard about it: if you make a new business with someone in Sweden don't be surprised if he suddenly kicks you in the ass while saying lycka till (good luck). The tradition is like saying an actor to break a leg, that is wishing the recipient the opposite of what you desire for them. Don't say thank you to the ass-kicker or else he has to do it again (in order not to void it's effect.)

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    Feed the birds!

    by Mittnic Written Jan 14, 2006

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    Because of the current the water next to the Royal Palace never freezes and in the winter hunderds or even thousends of birds gather everyday behind the Opera. Great for fans of swans and ducks etc.

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  • Money machines for giants

    by sabsi Updated Mar 5, 2003

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    Small people like me will realize how tall Swedes seem to be when they use the ATM machines .... oh, and they are not all blonde as I always thought... :(

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    The troll.Be careful, there...

    by Tomtom-Paris Written Sep 12, 2002

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    The troll.

    Be careful, there are Trolls in Stockholm. Yes I have seen them , but they are very fast, so I haven't picture. You can try to see them in one's of the park.

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    Visit the Royal Opera House....

    by Nobbe Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    Visit the Royal Opera House. For more information, please visit, http://www.operan.se

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