Recommended reading about Sweden

Reading books is a good way to get acquainted to Sweden, the country, its people its history and culture. And to learn more about the Swedes and their mind-set. If there is a common one. Swedes are affected by the climate, the short summers and the long winters. The traditional food in this country has a history of the necessity to be able to store food for long periods.

Anyway, here’s a few tips on reading. There’s a whole lot you can find in the book stores. Online orders usually take just one or two days, so even if you are merely spending a week or two, you can still find some gems. You can also go to the linked online stores to find audio books for immediate download.

If you want to visit a big book store, Akademibokhandeln is highly recommended.


Lonely Planet Sweden

Lonely Planet Sweden is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Visit the beautiful, stylish capital of Stockholm; hike, ski or dogsled Arctic wasteland; or curl up by the fire in a cosy cottage; all with your trusted travel companion.”


True north : the grand landscapes of Sweden

True North is quite possibly the largest and most magnificent photographic book ever made about Sweden’s wealth of natural and man-made beauty, with nearly 150 majestic, passionate images. The book is divided into five chapters: coast, countryside, mountains, forests and city. The cliffs of Bohuslän, the plains of Skåne and the lakes of Småland. Remote rust-red cabins and narrow, winding forest paths. The Stockholm archipelago and the interior of sub-arctic Norrland. Mountains, rivers, islands, meadows, fields, villages and cities—all that is Sweden.”


Letters written in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark

Letters written in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark  (1796) is both an arresting travel book and a personal memoir. In it Wollstonecraft describes the sublime landscape and the events and people she encounters.


Sweden – A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette

A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette in Sweden is an entertaining, easy to read, yet serious study about the Swedes. If you are travelling for longer time, visit Sweden for studies or are planning to live in Sweden, this book is highly recommended.


A Concise History of Sweden

Neil Kent’s book A Concise History of Sweden sweeps through Sweden’s history from the Stone Age to the present day. Early coverage includes Viking hegemony, the Scandinavian Union, the Reformation and Sweden’s political zenith as Europe’s greatest superpower in the seventeenth century, while later chapters explore the Swedish Enlightenment, royal absolutism, the commitment to military neutrality and Pan-Scandinavianism. The author brings his account up to date by focusing on more recent developments: the rise of Social Democracy, the establishment of the welfare state, the country’s acceptance of membership in the European Union and its progressive ecological programme.


The Scandinavian Cookbook: Fresh and Fragrant Cooking of Sweden, Denmark and Norway

The Scandinavian Cookbook: Fresh and Fragrant Cooking of Sweden, Denmark and Norway:  Discover the delights and distinctive tastes of Scandinavian cuisine in this beautiful book, with more than 150 recipes from Sweden, Norway and Denmark. It features a fascinating overview of the landscapes, festivals and celebrations of each individual country, as well as an exploration of their unique cuisines and a comprehensive guide to the famous ingredients of the region, including game, cured fish, almonds, cloudberries and dill. The recipe section offers all the authentic Scandinavian dishes, such as classic Gravlax with Mustard and Dill Sauce from Sweden, traditional Roast Hare with Lingonberries from Norway and world-famous Danish Pastry from Denmark. It is packed with helpful cook’s tips and variations, and complete nutritional information for every recipe. Classic Scandinavian cuisine is based on natural produce, with fish caught from the seas and rivers; wild game from the rugged forests; and meat and dairy products from the animals that graze on the fertile pastures.

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