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Malmö is Sweden’s third largest city and a commercial centre in southern Sweden. From having been an industrial city, Malmö has transformed into a knowledge-city.

Many small companies orientated towards, among other things, IT, bio- and medical engineering, retail trade and logistics, have replaced the large industries. It is no longer shipyard workers who ride their bicycles from the harbour area, but students from Malmö University. Malmö has obtained a new ecological quarter at the Western Harbour, with exciting architecture and environmentally friendly energy solutions.

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Malmö is also a multi-cultural city, with a population that speaks more than 100 different languages. Its cultural life is active. Contemporary art, with both national and international orientation, is shown at the Malmö Art Gallery, Rooseum, and Malmö Art Museum. Furthermore, there are about thirty private galleries. Malmö Music Theatre has one of Sweden’s foremost stages for opera and musicals, and the Malmö Symphony Orchestra is internationally recognised.

Malmö’s beautiful parks and green open spaces are renowned. How many cities can boast a 2 kilometre-long sand beach with clean water within walking-distance from the heart of the city? Proximity is another distinctive feature of life in Malmö; it is possible to walk to most places and a large part of the centre comprises pedestrian shopping areas.

A highlight during the year is the Malmö Festival, held in August, which draws close to 1.5 million visitors and offers over 900 hours of free entertainment. Traditionally, the world’s largest crayfish party is held at Stortorget on the inaugural evening and a tremendous fireworks display ends the Festival week.

* Information is courtesy of Malmöturism


Festivals & Events

Hultsfred Rock Festival, June

Sweden's largest rock festival for young and old. Sideshows incl. acrobats, comedians, tightrope walkers, jugglers, mimics, musicians and dancers.

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Midsummer celebrations all over the country, June

Perhaps the most characteristically Swedish tradition of all is the Midsummer celebration. The Midsummer holiday is celebrated on the weekend closest to 24 June, with Midsummer Eve on Friday followed by Midsummer Day on Saturday. Midsummer marks the longest day of the year, and the skies never really grow dark.

Photo: Swedish Travel & Tourism Council

Music on Lake Siljan, June

The Peer Gynt Festival is a ten day long cultural festival with an open air performance of Henrik Ibsens Peer Gynt, with music by Edvard Grieg, open air consert "Ved Rondane", art exhibition, and much more.

Around Gotland Sailing race, June - July

The worlds largest offshore sailing race.

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The Hälsinge Hambo, July

A huge festive and colorful, long line dance. Dance groups from Sweden and abroad dance and play while the World Champion of Hambo is selected from the thousands of dancing couples.

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Victoria Day, July

The island of Öland's National Day, celebrating Crown Princess Victoria's birthday with the Royal family. The ”Victoria Mini Marathon” is held during the day, and an extended marathon in the evening. The prestigious ”Victoria scholarship” is presented to a sports achiever. Information: Öland Tourist Office, tel: +46-485-390 20; Fax: 46-485-390 10

Photo: Swedish Travel & Tourism Council

Stockholm Jazz Festival, July

International jazz festival with international and Swedish world-acclaimed artists from the genres of jazz, blues, soul, funk and latin. In the center of Stockholm people gather to eat and enjoy the view as they listen to artists from all over the world. Sit and enjoy or dance to swing bands on the smaller stages.

Photo: Swedish Travel & Tourism Council

Medieval Festival Week, August

For one week the old town of Visby on the island of Gotland goes back in time to the Middle Ages. Locals dress up in historic costumes, knights demonstrate their strength in jousting tournaments and a maiden is locked in a tower. Carnival atmosphere and festivities; a mixture of sobriety and merriment, education and carnival extravagance in a genuine medieval town.

Photo: Swedish Travel & Tourism Council

The Gothenburg party, August

Swedens second largest and, some say, friendlest city throws a week long festival with an abundance of activities in the city center

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Lidingö Cross-Country Race, October

The worlds largest cross-country race for runners in beautiful Lindingö outside of Stockholm

Stockholm Open, October

The world famous tennis tournament.

Photo: Swedish Travel & Tourism Council

Stockholm International Film Festival, November

International film festival premiering over 100 films from all over the world.

Photo: Swedish Travel & Tourism Council

Nobel Prize Day, December

The Nobel Prize Awards are presented by H.M. the King at a formal ceremony in the Stockholm Concert Hall. By special invitation only. Banquet follows at the Stockholm City Hall.

Photo: Swedish Travel & Tourism Council

ST. Lucia Day, December

The coronation of Saint Lucia, the bearer of light. Celebrated all over Sweden on the darkest night of the year, December 13, when a young woman is chosen to lead the annual procession of light at Skansen open air museum.

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