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Five fab Valentine's ideas whether you're dating or not

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Whether you're in a relationship, on the lookout for love or happily single, The Local brings you the best ways to spend Valentine's Day.

1. Go to a party in a sock shop


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Not everyone is a fan of extravagant displays of romance, so if the thought of heart-shaped chocolate boxes and enormous bouquets leaves you feeling queasy, consider marking Valentine's Day in a more practical way. The Happy Socks store in central Stockholm is spreading the love on Friday, February 12th, with special offers on socks and underwear, and the store is hosting a party from 5.30pm which continues into the night at a nearby bar. Socks and alcohol - what more could you ask for?

2. Reaffirm your faith in love at the cinema

Love comes in many forms, so whether you choose to go with a date or a group of friends, these films should put a smile on your face. Comedy How to Be Single premieres on February 14th, starring Dakota Johnson as a newly single graduate who moves to New York in search of adventure, or if you'd prefer a more traditional love story, Bollywood romance Fitoor is screening in both Stockholm and Malmo this weekend. Based on Charles Dickens' Great Expectations, it follows the story of a young boy who falls in love with a girl from a different social class. Tickets are 150 kr.

3. Snuggle up on a dog-sled


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What could be more romantic than being whisked through the snowy landscapes of Swedish lapland on a sled pulled by husky dogs? Kiruna in the far north of Sweden is the perfect couples' getaway - you'll feel like the only two people in the world. Or, grab a friend and have a giggle. Tickets start at 1,150 kr and there are options for simpler tours as well as nighttime trips to see the Northern Lights.

4. Meet other singles


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There are plenty of expat singles' meets happening over the Valentine's weekend, particularly in the Swedish capital. Grow Internationals is hosting its first coffee morning on February 12th, a free event including a talk on relationships and networking. On the 13th, you can go to Matchmakers' Wonderful Valentine party, featuring ice-breaker games and a live performance at the Clarion Sign Hotel – tickets are 249 kr. Alternatively, the Lock and Key Singelfest at Café Opera includes a ‘hands-on' speed-dating session and raffle, with the party lasting until 3am. Tickets are 249 kr and are already selling fast.

5. Get into a compromising position


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Couples' yoga is a unique way to celebrate Valentine's Day, and could help you feel more connected as well as more relaxed. feel closer to your partner. This workshop by Infinite Yoga Malmö in southern Sweden takes place at 1pm on February 14th, with tickets for two people costing 1,200 kr, which includes food.

Don't forget to check out our interactive calendar below for more events taking place in Sweden this week

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