Norway and Sweden share a border and the Norwegians living close to the border of Sweden flock to Sweden to buy clothes and food. It is much less expensive buying stuff in Sweden than in the very expensive country of Norway.
The Swedes on the other hand flock over to Norway as the pay is higher there.
The distance to Oslo is 117 km, but I was staying in Ski so it was only 85 km from Ski to Sweden.
There are a lot of trucks on this highway, carrying stuff from Europe to Norway, so the line at the customs can get pretty long. There were a lot of trucks from Germany and Eastern Europe on the road. But they let smaller cars pass.
Nordby shopping center is the largest shopping center in Sweden closest to the border of Norway, or only 4 km from the border. Norwegians flock over the border to buy cheaper food and clothes - seeing that everything is so expensive in Norway. Swedish workers on the other hand flock over the border to Norway to work there - seeing that the pay in Norway is higher ;)
I especially love the New Yorker store and have bought quite a few items there.
I could see the difference in prices when my French fries only cost NOK 11 at the Nordby shopping center instead of NOK 25 in Norway! You are asked if you want to pay in SEK or NOK.
Nordby shopping center has over 1.100 stores and 3.500 parking spaces.
The shopping center is open every day of the week - weekdays from 10-20 and weekends from 10-19.
The distance to Oslo is 117 km, but I was staying in Ski so it was only 89 km from Ski to Nordby.
Altough the pool and relaxing area is meant for the hotel guests others can also use it for a fee. It contains one large pool with massageing water jets from the sides, 4 jacuzzi`s, 3 different saunas a hot and cold pool for the feets and a resting area overlooking the largest pool. For the entrance fee you can also work out in the gym next door.
This is a place you can bring your kids but it is not an aquapark with slides. Its also not wery big but it was still a nice experience tvice for our 10 year old (a bit spoiled) kid
This is a simple view of the harbor that shows also the island of Furholmen, very close to the town. As you can see the weather was not so nice so I decided to not to take the boat to explore the coast near the town. Now I think it was a pity but this is a good reason to come back soon!
Arriving in Stroemstad you can't miss to look at that buildilg. It is not that beautiful at the fist signt, becuase of the strange architecture in my opinion, but you must admit that is original. I thought it was a church but at the moment I think is the City hall.
Stroemstad is basically a fishermen town, so the easyest thing to do is to stop by the harbor and to look at the number of boats bir or small, that come and go continouosly with their freight of fish and especially shrimps. You will discover a "lost and ancient world", for who lives in different countries as me, where people do simple things having a spontaneous and strong feeling with the nature.
Along the harbour stands the little promenade, that will shows you the deliciuos centre of the town. Not far from there you will find the tourist office.
Here you can read some usefull infos:
Tourist information office
Torget, N Hamnen
452 22 Strömstad
Phone: +46 - 526 - 623 30
Fax: +46 - 526 - 623 35
Mon - Fri 09.00-17.00
Closed for lunch 12.00-13.00
During Eastern: 25/3 - 28/3 10.00-14.00
I took this picture after passing the old bridge "Gammelbrua". I think the name of the fjord is Haelsning. Here you can have a litle panorama of the west part. This fjord separates the town of Svinesund.