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Reading Stieg Larsson, Stockholm University
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Swedish Crime Fiction

Swedish crime fiction, Nordic noir, Scandinavian noir. The crime fiction books, TV series and movies that lay bare the underbelly of society and delve into the Swedish psyche are global hits.

The big hitters of Swedish crime fiction literature are Stieg Larsson (Millennium Trilogy), Henning Mankell (Inspector Kurt Wallander) and Camilla Läckberg (The Ice Princess and The Stone Cutter). Having sold tens of millions of copies worldwide the books, film adaptations and TV series have put Stockholm, the southern town of Ystad and the fishing village of Fjällbacka on the Bohuslän coast on the map. 

And for fans who want to walk in the footsteps of their favourite characters there are guided walking tours available in all three locations. 

Winter sneaks up on the west coast archipelago. In the summertime a bustling tourist magnet, the archipelago quiets down in the winter, though many still visit (and live) there. The average precipitation in Sweden (including snow) is approximately 500–800 mm per year. On the west coast it is around 1,100 mm.
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Film and TV

With the world-wide success of Swedish crime fiction, Hollywood came calling and several of the biggest selling books have been turned into films, such as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and major international TV hit Wallander. Not adapted from a book, blockbuster television hit The Bridge is a joint Swedish/Danish production set on both sides of the Öresund Bridge that connects Malmö with Copenhagen.  For fans there is The Bridge-themed bus tour of the city narrated by an expert, that takes in key locations and scenes from the television series.

From Ivar Los park at Monteliusvägen, Södermalm, you have a nice view over the City Hall and Kungsholmen.
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