Have you ever wondered where the expression "Stockholm syndrome" comes from? It was coined by Swedish criminologist Nils Bejerota following an attempted robbery that occurred in 1973 at the former Kreditbanken building, at Norrmalmstorg 2 (corner of Hamngatan, a few blocks from the Kungsträdgården metro station).
Four people were taken hostage for six days inside the bank before the robbers gave themselves up. During this time, they became emotionally attached to their captors, showing clear sympathy toward them after the holdup. This drew great interest from the psychology community.
For obvious reasons, no reminder of the incident has been posted anywhere. However, if you enjoy bits of trivia on your trips, you will at least want to take a photo of the building. Norrmalmstorg is close to a number of Stockholm's attractions and is an attractive square with kiosks and a restaurant.
Zetas is a really nice outdoors garden shop. It is nice to walk the place even though you may not have a garden to tend. The flowers, trees and cute arrangements are there for all to enjoy. There is a very nice café/restaurant where we can sit for hours. Yummy cakes, great food. Also, this is a great place to buy gifts (small tools, flowerpots, seeds and bulbs). If you,like me, do some amateur gardening you can always find the "little extra" things here. Today, I am going there for a new Clematis. This place is nice in all seasons.
To get there you can take the red subway line 13 to Skärholmen and from there bus 707, 173 or 710
Exit bus 707 och 710: Juringe Allé
Exit bus 173: Jägerhorns Väg
Week days 10-18
Our last morning in Stockholm we just wandered around picking out random places from our city map to check out. We ended up at this pretty church on Storgatan, not far from Nybroplan and behind the Armemuseum. The church was orginally founded in order to give the Swedish navy their own place to hold services and was restored in the 1940s
its open 11-6pm daily with services on Sunday at 11am as well as 12.15 Tues & Thurs and Wed evenings at 7pm.
T-bana - Ostermalmstorg
A unforgettable experience. You get a harness and a helmet, get tied to a steel wire 43m above the ground and on top of the Old Parliament House. The guides (one on the front and one on the back of the line) will give you a short history of the buildings that you'll see, and tips on how to proceed with the walking up there and supporting and helping you if you suddenly get afraid of heights.
The walk itself takes between 45 minutes and 1 hour, but you should reserve about 1,5 hours of your time for putting on the harness and the helmet and go on the safety procedures. At the end of the tour, there's a white board with paper and crayons where you can write how you experienced this different tour.
This year they're going to have this tour until mid October, next year they might start on April. All depending on weather conditions.
Tom and John the Fun had a marvelous laddish-fest time .
Me ...ayy yeahhh virtual had a great time...still got hickups from all the different beers.
Thank for let me see a glimpse of Sweden guys!! you are the best! Will bring you to Amsterdam! :o)
The home of Sweden's most critically acclaimed sculptor Carl Milles. It's a mixture of an open air museum and a traditional museum with indoors exhibitions. The view from the terrace is truly superb.
Open year round.
If that is what you are looking for then Långholmen is something for you!
Långholmen is actually the 7th largest island in Stockholm and thinking of all the stories and myths that’s has been told about Långholmen, it sure is worth a visit.
As I live real close to Långholmen, this island is one of my favourite places, here we go to have a BBQ or just a small picnic during the day or at night. When the weather allows it Långholmen’s beach is the paradise for us who lives around it.
The museum at Långholmen is located where the prison used to be… They have a great description of it at their homepage “Stockholm’s most captivating museum!” ;-)
The small and charming bridge when you walk over to Långholmen used to be called - by the former “guests” at the prison,
“The bridge with the deep sigh – they “heave a deep sigh” on their way to the prison and a sigh of relief when they left the prison...
The Royal Coin Cabinet is a museum with coins and history of finance. But even if you not have this special interest in coins, it's still worth a visit.
This museum is open all days between 10:00 and 16:00. The entrance cost 45 SEK on all days except Sundays when it's free entry.
Swedes usually avoid building higher constructions and this is why if there is a higher building in a Swedish town it is recognisable and visible from a far distance. I have to say that many of the residential buildings resemble Socialist ones, although Sweden has never had this regime. I am really curious for the reason behind that, but I just get this is something in the Scandinavian mentality to keep things as simple as possible. You will not see the refined facades of Paris buildings, rich in different elements, neither the chaotic colour combinations of Prague. Stockholm's buildings are about simple forms and practical functionality.
If there is a Scandinavian among you, dear readers, please correct me if I am wrong or confirm.
Jussi Björling is 100 this year.
I first heard him – and about him - through our good ‘Arts-TV’ some 10 years ago, he is otherwise not very well known at home. They showed a film featuring Jussi in a boat on the lake singing what I guess was a Neapolitan song in his native Swedish. That was when I guess he was most in his element.
YouTube has a fairly good choice of both audio and video clips, here’re some:
O soave Fanciulla
(and his wife had a wonderful soprano, too)
Fram för framgång, 1938
There will be a whole range of events through the whole year – see the website
Yes, and he was born just 1 day in February ahead of me!
Sergels torg is the most central public square in Stockholm.In the centre of the square there is Crystal vertical obelisk in glass and steel. Night view of the obelisk is spectacular
Sergels torg has a dominant west to east axis and is divided into 3 parts.
This statue is a bronze copy of a wooden sculpture that is placed in Storkyran. The bronze statue was put in its place during the year 1912-1913. It is located in the small square of kopmansbrinken in the old city.The bronze statue is a gift by Hjalmar Wicander.
This new museum, located at the waterfront is hosting until September 2010 an exhibit of world class photographer Annie Leibowitz on display at the Photography Museum in Stockholm.
This alone is well worth a visit, because it's really an amazing exhibit.
But there's also other very good exhibits of the finalists of the annual Hasselblad award. Some young and talented photographers.
See the website for additional information.
(the Maria Square) is a square and a city park in Södermalm,
The square faces the street of Hornsgatan to the north,
and the street of S:t Paulsgatan to the south.
The street Swedenborgsgatan, named after Emanuel Swedenborg,
starts there and continues southwards.
A bust of the same Swedenborg is also situated in the park.
The central fountain is crowned by a sculpture by Anders Henrik Wissler,
Tors fiske (Thor fishing), depicting the Norse god
Thor slaying the sea serpent Jörmungandr.
I used to come here a lot because I used to run a gallery
for about a year and a half in nearby Maria Prástgárdsgaten 2.
Neighbourhoods and parishes
Södermalm is roughly divided into the following neighbourhoods (from west to east):
* Högalid (western area):
* Maria Magdalena (mid-northern area):
o Södra stationsområdet
* Åsö (mid-southern area):
* Katarina-Sofia (north-eastern area):
o Norra Hammarbyhamnen
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