In an ironic twist, an inventor of destructive explosives went on to create the world’s most prominent prize for peace, forever changing Sweden’s role in the intellectual universe.
Sweden’s third largest city – once better known for crime and grit – has quietly reinvented itself in recent years as a laid-back centre of cool.
Following routes that their ancestors took millennia before them, the Sami reindeer herders migrate across the frozen wilds of northern Sweden.
In the summer, Swedes crack open tins of fermented Baltic herring and throw outdoor parties to eat the rotting fish in the fresh air.
Immerse yourself in one of the world’s oldest nomadic cultures at the Sámi Jokkmokk Market festival in Swedish Lapland, with folk dancing, reindeer racing and dogsledding all on offer.
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