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An old wooden desk, with pencils lined up, paper and notes, glasses and an old lamp.
Former home of August Strindberg, Stockholm
Photo: Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin

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Swedish homes you can visit

Curious about the Swedish lifestyle? These homes once belonged to prominent Swedes and date from different eras. Today, you can visit them either by appointment or just by dropping in.

Carl and Karin Larsson

An icon of Swedish interior design, Carl and Karin Larsson’s home Lilla Hyttnäs in Sundborn has come to define the idyllic Swedish family life. Carl, one of Sweden’s most beloved artists, and Karin, a graduate of the Art Academy in Stockholm, lived here with their eight children at the turn of the last century. Their original interior decoration style, with bold colors, embroidered textiles and rustic furniture, has stood as a model for many Swedish homes.

Carl Larssons väg 12, Sundborn
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Historical Swedish interior design at Lilla Hyttnäs, with a large dinner table, red wooden furniture and historical porcelain on some walls.
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Photo: Copyright Carl Larsson-gården
The former home of Swedish artists Karin and Carl Larsson has become an icon for Swedish interior design and family life.
Photo: Copyright Carl Larsson-gården

Selma Lagerlöf

One of Sweden’s most famous writers and the first female Nobel Laureate in literature, Selma Lagerlöf, was born and raised in this mansion originally built in 1793. The family lost the mansion due to financial troubles in 1889, but some years later Lagerlöf was able to fulfill her dream and to buy it back, thanks to her success as a writer. Here, you can visit the mansion and admire its lavish interior, including the library where Lagerlöf used to sit and attend to her correspondence.  

Mårbacka 42, Östra Ämtervik
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Photo: KM IDÉ, Östra Ämtervik
Selma Lagerlöf's estate Mårbacka in Värmland.
Photo: KM IDÉ, Östra Ämtervik

Astrid Lindgren

It’s no coincidence that Astrid Lindgren’s beloved figure Karlsson on the roof has his apartment in Stockholm’s Vasastan. That’s exactly where the author herself lived for more than 60 years, from 1941–2002. The home, with four rooms, a kitchen and – unusually for the 1940s – two toilets, looks exactly as it did when the world-famous children’s writer was still alive. You can even see the bed where she used to write in the mornings. The interior is pretty typical for a middle-class Stockholm home of the time, with an open fireplace for cold evenings, easy chairs and a sofa for cozy socializing, and, naturally, lots of book shelves.

Dalagatan 46, Stockholm
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Astrid Lindgren's living room, with a reading chair, a large bookshelf with bibelots on top, a patterned, red couch and a few paintings on the wall.
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Photo: Astrid Lindgren Aktiebolag
The living room in author Astrid Lindgren's home on Dalagatan, with an extensive collection of books.
Photo: Astrid Lindgren Aktiebolag

Sven-Harry Karlsson

A home and a rare collection of art in one, Sven Harry’s home is actually a replica of the art collector’s former house, a 18th century manor on Lidingö. It’s located on the roof of his art museum in Stockholm and furnished exactly as the house was, including Karlsson’s extensive art collection. Paintings by Carl Fredrik Hill, Helene Schjerfbeck and Ernst Josephson are joined by more contemporary acquisitions such as Ylva Ogland and Dan Wolgers. Rugs by Märta Måås Fjetterström share space with furniture designed by Georg Haupt and Gio Ponti.

Eastmansvägen 10–12, Stockholm
sven-harrys.se

A hallway with pink tapestry and to paintings on each side of a doorway leading into another room.
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Photo: Per Myrehed/Sven Harrys Konstmuseum
The art collector Sven Harry Karlsson's home is replicated at the art museum Sven Harry's in Stockholm.
Photo: Per Myrehed/Sven Harrys Konstmuseum

Anders Zorn

This home offers a fascnating glimse into the life of one of Swedens most celebrated artists, Anders Zorn. He acquired the plot of land near Mora church in 1886 and built a home here with his wife Emma. Designed by the artist himself, the house combines local timberwork traditions with the architecture of English houses and Zorn’s conception of Viking-era dwellings – simultaneously rustic and refined, grand and cozy. Artistic craftwork from Dalarna mixes boldly with luxurious items acquired from abroad: woven tapestries, silver pieces, antique sculptures and paintings by old masters. The Zorns also equipped the home with unusual luxury for the: refrigeration, stainless-steel kitchen counters, central heating, hot and cold running water and even a vacuum cleaner.

Vasagatan 36, Mora
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The colourful dining hall of Anders Zorn, with woven tapestries, bright red chairs around a table with a woven cloth, a bookshelf and a wooden couch.
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Photo: Zornsamlingarna
The Swedish artist Anders Zorn designed his own home, and decorated it boldly with both local and foreign design.
Photo: Zornsamlingarna

Walther and Wilhelmina von Hallwyl

Stepping into the Hallwyl museum is like stepping back in time. The house was built as a winter residence for the affluent couple Walther and Wilhelmina von Hallwyl in 1898 and donated to the Swedish state in 1920, together with all its contents. The style is a combination of Venetian Late Gothic and Early Spanish Renaissance, resulting in something as unusual as a palace with 40 rooms in the center of Stockholm. Thanks to the interior and the collections of art and personal items – including everything from Chinese crockery to Italian cupboards in gold and a slice of the couple’s wedding cake – the house is a unique testimonial of the décor and lifestyle of the upper classe in this era.

Hamngatan 4, Stockholm
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The luxurious, golden sitting room of Hallwyl house; with large paintings, golden furniture and chandeliers.
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Photo: Hallwylska museet
The luxurious Hallwyl house was completed in 1898. It was designed by Isak Gustaf Clason - the most prominent architect of that time.
Photo: Hallwylska museet

August Strindberg

Famed Swedish author August Strindberg spent the last four years of his life, 1908–1912, in this apartment in central Stockholm. The reconstructed home, consisting of three rooms and a library of some 3,000 works, today form the Strindberg museum. When he moved in, the house had just been built and boasted all kinds of modern comforts, including central heating and an elevator. Strindberg had no kitchen, though – he had his food sent down from a hotel on the 5th floor. The flat offers interesting insights into the author’s thoughts and preferences. He favored a color scheme of bright yellow, green and red, and above his piano, he hung a mask of Beethoven, his favorite composer.

Drottninggatan 85, Stockholm
strindbergsmuseet.se

An old wooden desk, with pencils lined up, paper and notes, glasses and an old lamp.
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Photo: Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin
Swedish author August Strindberg's apartment in central Stockholm.
Photo: Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin

Birgit Nilsson

Opera singer Birgit Nilsson was at home on the most glamorous stages of the world – but grew up on a farm in Svenstad and lived there until she was 23 years old. She used to help out with all the farm chores, from planting and digging up potatoes, harvesting hay and milking cows. It was a simple life without electricity or running water, until modern conveniences were installed in the 1930s.

Birgit Nilssons väg 27, Båstad
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Photo: Gitte Lindström Hamark / Birgit Nilsson Museum
Birgit Nilsson was a famous Swedish singer. The estate where she grew up is located in Svenstad, Skåne, and is now a museum called the Birgit Nilsson Museum.
Photo: Gitte Lindström Hamark / Birgit Nilsson Museum

Carl Eldh

This museum, the former home and studio of sculptor Carl Eldh, is worth the climb up to the hilly Bellevue Park where it’s located. The wooden house itself is worth a good look, designed in 1919 by Ragnar Östberg who also drew Stockholm’s City Hall. Inside, you can see how a prominent artist lived in early 20th century Stockholm. His art takes the center stage, with sculptures and sketches filling most rooms. The windows have been designed to allow the northern light to flow in, and a garden belonging to the studio made it possible for him to work in the open air. The original living quarters of consisted of only a small bedroom but when Carl Eldh's daughter Brita settled in her father's old studio, she had the area extended with a kitchen, a bathroom and a living room.

Lögebodavägen 10, Stockholm
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The wooden house of Carl Eldh is surrounded by greenery, and designed in different levels and shapes with sculptures on and by the building.
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Photo: Urban Jörén
Carl Eldh's former atelier and home, designed by Ragnar Östberg in 1919.
Photo: Urban Jörén

Per-Olof Nilsson

A home and a mind-boggling collection of curious objects in one. Per-Olof Nilsson, who lived in 1874–1955, started collecting different items from stones to packages, stamps, appliances, ceramics and much more as a child. In 1906, the collection consisted of 10,000 items, and Per-Olof, nicknamed Mus-Olle, started showing his home as a museum in 1911. The cabin he lived his whole life in is still here – a modest dwelling which, with its naturally weathered, grey timber façade, is typical for the area and the time. Open for visits during the summer season.

Sjövik 453, Nälden
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A simple, grey timber cottage with a flowerpot by the entrance, located in front of a forest.
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Photo: Mats Engman
The grey timber house that once belonged to Per-Olof Nilsson is now a museum.
Photo: Mats Engman

Haga homes

The Museum of Gothenburg owns three authentic apartments in the historic district of Haga. One used to be the home of a worker, one belonged to a railway builder and one to a shoemaker. Together, they give an interesting picture of life in Gothenburg’s first suburb – today one of the hippest areas in the city – in the 19th and early 20th centuries, before Sweden developed to the modern, affluent society it is today. The museum organizes guided visits to the homes. Check their website for exact dates.

Haga Nygata 7–9, Göteborg
goteborgsstadsmuseum.se

A large living room in a historical apartment i Haga, with patterned tapestry, wooden furniture, a large carpet, fireplace and paintings.
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Photo: Martin Börjesson
The Museum of Gothenburg owns three apartments in the historic district of Haga, where you can experience Swedish interior design from past centuries.
Photo: Martin Börjesson