Swedish pop, photo art and Marilyn Monroe: What’s on in Sweden

Something for the weekend:Marilyn exhibition in Gothenburg, Lykke Li in Stockholm, Erwin Wurm in Malmö



Lykke Li

Having just released her debut album, including the impossibly catchy Little Bit, Sweden’s own Lykke Li stops off in the capital as part of her nationwide tour.

Price: 100 kronor

Age: 20

Location: Debaser, Karl Johans Torg 1

Time: Friday, February 15th, 10pm (doors open 8pm)

Phone: 08- 30 56 20

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One of Seattle’s best bands bring their brand of psychrock to Stockholm this weekend. According to NME, Kinki sound ”like Sabbath in a washing machine during a power surge”.

Price: 100 kronor (80 kronor- members)

Age: 20 (18-members)

Location: Debaser, Karls Johan Torg 1

Time: Saturday, February 16th, 10pm (doors opnen 8pm)

Phone: 08- 30 56 20

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Stockholm New Music

The Swedish Wind Ensemble gathers 300 wind instruments in the same place for a concert performance this Saturday.

Location: Stockholm New Music

Time: Saturday, February 16th, 1pm and 3pm

Phone: 08- 407 16 00

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Spy Bar

Don’t Blame the Youth will be at Spy Bar’s White Bar this Friday night playing a mix of the newest, hippest Swedish music.

Age: 23

Price: 160 kronor

Location: Spy Bar, Birger Jarlsgatan 20.

Time: Saturday, February 15th, 10pm-5am

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London the Musical

This gritty musical might be written by a British team, but its world premiere is taking place in Swedish in Stockholm on February 1st. The musical depicts London in all its multicultural, urban, edgy glory. See Kathleen Harman’s preview.

Location: Filadelfiakyrkan, Rörstrandsgatan, Stockholm.

Time: Friday, February 15th, 7.30pm (premiere), Saturday February 16th, 3pm and 7.30pm

and continuing….

More information:

Tickets: or 077 170 7070.

Una Noche Especial

Scala Theatre is hosting “una noche especial” this weekend with a fabulous flamenco show.

Location: Scala Theatre, Wallingatan 34.

Time: Sunday, February 17th, 6pm

More information: (Swedish).


Super Car Fair MPH

The latest models from the best car manufacturers such as Ferrari, Maserati, and Bentley will be on show at the second Super Car Fair MPH this weekend.

Price: 120 kronor

Location: Factory, Nacka Strand, Augustendalstorget 6.

Times: Friday, February 15th, 12pm-6pm

Phone: 08- 601 22 00

More information: (Swedish).

Boys are Us

Maria Friberg is one of Sweden’s most established artists. Through her work she explores masculinity, group belonging, and social codes and conventions. On display are her photographs from the past ten years.

Location: Galleri 3, Kulturhuset, Sergels torg 3.

Times: Friday, February 15th, 11am-8pm Saturday/Sunday 11am-5pm

Phone: 08- 5083 1508

More information: (English).

Konstfack Showdown

Textile graduate students from the Univeristy of Arts, Crafts, and Design have their fashion concepts on display at Kulturhuset.

Price: Free.

Location: Kulturhuset, Galleri 3, Sergels torg.

Times: Friday/Saturday/Sunday 2pm-5pm

…and continuing until March 2nd.

Phone: 08- 508 31 508

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I’m Not There

Oscar-nominated director, Todd Haynes, is back with a film about the music icon, Bob Dylan. The film takes place during the 1960s and 70s and is influenced by his classic song “I’m Not There.” It is not your average biography.

Location: Biograf Sture, Birger Jarlsgatan 41a.

Times: Three showings daily

For the full timetable and more information, visit the website below

More information: (English available).

CinemAfrica Film Festival

Scandinavia’s largest festival dedicated to African films. This year’s festival shows 24 films from 14 different lands. You also have the chance to talk to visiting directors, and attend seminars about tradition and modernity.

Location: Biograf Zita, biograf Klara in Kulturhuset, biograf Sture, and Etnografiska Museet.

Times: February 7th-17th

For the full timetable and more information, visit the website below

More information: (English available).


Stockholm Tango Festival

The Swedish-Argentine Tango Society invites you to the seventh annual tango festival in Stockholm. Classes are offered to everyone from beginners to tango masters. The classes are all held by world-renowned tango dancers.

Location: Dieselverkstaden, Marcusplatsen 17, Sickla.

Time: Friday/Saturday/Sunday (check website for a specific timetable).

Phone: 08- 718 82 90

More information and tickets: (English).



Amalia Kenamets

Amalia Kenamet’s “work in progress” about religion through art is now on display

Location: Konstepidemin, Konstepidemins vägen 6.

Times: Friday, February 15th, 10am-4pm

…and continuing.

Phone: 031- 828 558

Filmklipp at Röhsska

Frozen Moments – an exhibition about design in film in collaboration with Gothenburg’s Film Festival.

Location: Röhsska museet, Vasagatan 37-39.

Times: Friday/Saturday/Sunday 12pm-5pm

…and continuing.

Phone: 031- 368 31 50



Röda Sten presents Magnus Bärtas’ film about Johnnie Walker, a Japanese, Jewish, homosexual man in Tokyo who finds it difficult to be accepted. A Stefan Römer documentary containing interviews with over 40 internationally recognized artists about the Concept Art of the 1960s is also playing.

Location: Röda Sten, Klippan vid Älvsborgsbron.

Times: Friday/Saturday/Sunday 12pm-5pm

…and continuing to Monday, March 2nd.

Phone: 031- 12 08 16

Concerts and clubs:

King Creosote

Kenny Anderson, aka King Creosote, has released about 25 albums since 1995. This and his talent for song writing have earned him a constant fan base and a name in the music industry. He will be performing six shows in Scandinavia this month, and this weekend he will be in Gothenburg.

Location: Woody West/Pusterviksbaren, Järntorgsgatan 12.

Times: Saturday, February 16th, 8pm

Phone: 031- 138760

Tickets: 077-170 70 70

Hanoi Rocks

Following the recent release of new album Street Poetry, Finland’s finest Hanoi Rocks return to Sweden almost three decades after they first burst out of Helsinki onto an unsuspecting public.

Location: Sticky Fingers, Kaserntorget 7.

Times: Friday, February 15th, 8pm

Phone: 031- 70 107 17


Marilyn Monroe- Person and Myth

This musical theatre exhibition paints a picture of one the most talked about women of the last century, Marilyn Monroe. With the help of known facts and some of her best known songs, her life is portrayed as it was: full of glamour and glitz but also anxiety, pills, and pain.

Location: GöteborgsOperan, Christina Nilssons gata .

Times: Saturday, February 16th

…and continuing.

Phone: 031- 10 80 00

Black Jack

Black Jack perform at Casino Cosmopol’s dance night this weekend and promise to bring you the classic casino atmosphere through their music. The dance begins right after dinner.

Price: 30 kronor entrance (350 kronor casino package).

Location: Casino Cosmopol, Packhusplatsen 7

Time: Friday, February 15th, 10pm-2.30am

Phone: 031- 333 55 00

En Natt i februari

En Natt I februari (One Night in February) is open to all- adults and children. The show tells the story of a young girl who cannot sleep and follows her thoughts through live music and playful dance.

Age: from 6 years

Location: Amandas Teater, Nordostpassagen 61B

Time: Friday, February 15th, 7pm

Saturday/Sunday 1pm

Phone and tickets: 0739- 370728



Go with the family or a group of friends to PULS and compete against them in handball, motocross, and much more.

Location: Universeum, Södra vägen 50.

Times: Friday/Saturday/Sunday 10am-6pm

Phone: 031- 335 64 50



Hreinn Fridfinnsson

A new, retrospective exhibition by Icelandic artist Hreinn Fridfinnsson opens this Friday at Malmö Konsthall from 7-9pm.

Location: Malmö Konsthall, S.t Johannesgatan 7.

Times: Saturday/Sunday 11am-5pm

…and continuing until April 27th.

Phone: 040- 34 12 93

Erwin Wurm

For the past twenty years Erwin Wurm has created a series of “One Minute Sculptures,” in which he places his models in strange positions amongst everyday objects in order to question ideas about sculpture.

Price: 49 kronor (Children – 10 kronor)

Location: Malmö Konstmuseum, Slottsholmen, Malmöhusvägen.

Times: Sunday, February 17th, 12pm-4pm

Phone: 040- 344437

Concerts and Clubs:


One of the world’s best death metal bands is performing at Malmö’s Debaser. They have 20 years of experience in metal and rock and roll music, but with their latest record they return to their old metal stlye.

Age: 20

Price: 80 kronor (Free before 10pm)

Location: Debaser, Norra Parkgatan 2.

Time: Friday, February 15th, 7.30pm

More information: (Swedish).

Phone: 040- 23 98 80

Jill Johnson

Directly after releasing her new CD, one of Sweden’s most successful artists, Jill Johnson, is on tour and will be performing her mix of country and pop music in Malmö this weekend.

Price: 450 kronor

Location: Malmö Konserthus.

Time: Friday, February 15th, 7.30pm

More information: (Swedish).

Phone: 040- 665 01 00

Tickets: 077- 170 70 70


Temporary Guest in your Life

One of Sweden’s most famous comedians, Jonas Gardell, is back again with a much awaited one-man performance!

Price: 370 kronor

Location: Malmö Konserthus,.

Times: Saturday, February 16th, 5pm

Phone: 040- 665 01 00

Tickets: 077- 170 70 70


Let’s Go

Let’s Go amusement park is always full of activities. Why not take the family bowling or for a few rounds of “adventure” golf this weekend? Or pick three out of the five activities offered and do battle in a two-hour competition.

This Friday there is also a live band performing.

Price: 60 kronor after 9pm

Location: Let’s Go, Krossverksgatan 3.

Times: Friday, February 16th, 4pm-1am

Saturday, February 17th, 11am-1am

Sunday, February 18th, 11am-6pm

Phone: 040- 440 000

More information: Let’s Go Swedish.

Ice Skating in Folkets Park

You can ice skate outdoors all winter this year at Malmö Folkets Park. Ice skates (sizes 27-45) are available to rent 4pm-7pm on weekdays and 10am-5pm at weekends. Rental costs: 30 kronor/half hour.

For group skate rental at other times, contact Föreningen Ponnygården Arken at 0705 – 17 65 05.

Location: Folkets Park, Amiralsgatan 35.

Times: November 24th to March 2nd 10am-7pm


Winter Sauna at Fyrishov

Warm up in Fyrishov’s large, wood-fuelled sauna, then give the body a refreshing shock in the adjacent ice pool. A 25C warm pool is available for the faint-hearted.

Location: Idrottsgatan 2, Uppsala

Open until the end of February.

More information:

For members


‘Don’t wear bright colours’: Eight tips on how to dress like a Swede

Swedes have an international reputation for dressing well, with Scandi style a popular trend outside Sweden. The Local asked Swedes and foreigners living in Sweden to try and figure out the best tips and tricks for how to dress like a Swede.

'Don't wear bright colours': Eight tips on how to dress like a Swede

Black is best

When asking several Swedes their top-tips on how to dress like a Swede, many agreed – wear black.

Young professional Tove advises to keep it “all black, minimalist”. Uppsala newspaper columnist Moa agrees: “Wear a lot of black clothes and DON’T wear sneakers or ‘comfortable’ shoes, like running shoes, with dresses.”

Black is a neutral colour and, in general, if you get the neutral colours right you have got a long way in following the Swedish style. 

Neutral colours and a lot of knitwear is a good starting point. Photo: FilippaK/

Stay neutral 

Sweden might be saying goodbye to hundreds of years of neutrality by joining Nato, but Swedish fashion maintains its strong neutral stance when it comes to colour combinations.

Generally speaking, in autumn and winter Swedes tend to wear darker colours, as Sharon put it: “lots of beige, grey, black and ivory knits or wool. Jeans black or any shade of blue. Black tights with white sneakers for skirts and dresses”.

“Swedes in general will wear black and navy together which I’ve not seen before,” she added.

However, as the weather gets warmer, things change, as half-British half-Swedish Erik explained: “in summer/late spring Swedes change shape and personality,” adding a bit more colour to their wardrobe.

“Lots of colours yet still somewhat monochrome,” he said.

Most Swedes don’t wear a tie at work. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

Follow the news trend, drop the tie

Nils, a reporter and presenter for public broadcaster SVT in western Sweden, does not always wear a tie in front of the camera – and he said his colleagues on national news don’t wear ties either.

“It’s not a must,” he said.

A blue shirt, no tie, top button open, beige chinos and a grey dinner jacket is the look he chose when presenting the evening news a few weeks ago.

Nils Arnell presenting the news on SVT Nyheter Väst. Photo: Nils Arnell/SVT

On a day to day basis Nils, who stressed that he’s “not a fashion expert”, gave the following advice: “As long as you manage to dress in a neat style, you can get away with quite a lot.”

“A white t-shirt and an overshirt work well in most situations and look stylish.”

Stay classy, even in class

Engineering student Erik (not the same Erik quoted previously) recently returned to Sweden from a one-year exchange at Birmingham University, where he noticed a big difference in student style between the two countries.

“The first thing that comes to mind is that on university campus there are so many people wearing work-out clothes, at least where I was”, he said.

“In Sweden, it’s more common to wear jeans than tracksuit bottoms, compared to the UK”. 

It’s also common to see a difference in styles even between departments at Swedish universities. The law and economics departments, for example, tend to wear more formal attire with a higher number of students wearing shirts and polos than, say, social sciences or engineering students.

Many students seem to wear a toned-down version of what they might be expected to wear in their future workplace.

When in doubt, think Jantelagen!

Equality and conformity are important concepts when it comes to many aspects of day-to-day life in Sweden, including the clothes you wear.

This doesn’t mean you have to do exactly the same as everyone else, but more that being too flashy or over-the-top can be frowned upon.

This can be traced back to Jantelagen, “the law of Jante”, a set of 10 rules taken from a satirical novel written by Danish author Aksel Sandemose in the 1930s, which spells out the unwritten cultural codes that have long defined Scandinavia.

Jantelagen discourages individual success and sets average as the goal. It manifests itself in Swedish culture not only with a ‘we are all equal’ ethos but even more so a ‘don’t think you are better than anyone, ever’ mindset.

And this is seen in Swedes’ attitude to clothing, too. Flashy, expensive clothing with obvious logos or brands designed to show off your wealth breaks the first rule of Jantelagen: “You’re not to think you are anything special”.

‘Stealth wealth’

This doesn’t mean that Swedes don’t wear expensive clothes, though. They’re just not in-your-face expensive.

Felix, a podcaster from Stockholm describes it as “stealth wealth”, saying that Swedes would have no problem buying and wearing “a black jacket without any tags for 10,000kr”. 

Despite living in Sweden his whole life, he said that it’s not always easy to get the style right.

“I’m struggling myself,” he admitted.

He suggested taking a look at fashion blogger and journalist Martin Hansson for inspiration on how to dress. 

“Do NOT use bright colours,” Felix added.

Birkenstocks with socks. Photo: Carl-Olof Zimmerman/TT


Most of those we asked said that Swedes are a fan of white trainers, most commonly Stan Smiths or Vagabonds.

With the shoes being popular all year round for men and women, this can cause issues at house parties – as Swedes take off their shoes when they come inside.

This inevitably results in confused guests at the end of the night trying to figure out just which pair of white trainers belongs to them – and trying to find one missing shoe the next day because someone accidentally walked away with one of yours is more common than you might think. 

Vans trainers are also popular amongst more alternative crowds (black of course). At work, dress shoes are popular in the winter and loafers or ballerinas in the summer.

In the summer months, you’re likely to see Birkenstock sandals on men and women. Most Swedes wear Birkenstocks without socks – unless they’re off to do their laundry in their building’s tvättstuga.

Birkenstocks are also popular as indoor shoes all-year-round, both at home and at work. It is common to have a “no outdoor shoes” policy in gyms, schools and some offices. This is to avoid bringing a lot of dirt indoors, especially in the winter months when there is snow, rain, grit and salt on the streets.

H&M’s then-CEO Rolf Eriksen wears colourful socks at a press conference in 2006. Photo: Björn Larsson Ask/SvD/SCANPIX/TT

Don’t forget the socks!

As you often take your shoes off indoors in Sweden, your socks are visible.

This has led to an unexpected trend for colourful socks with interesting patterns, which are a great way to break the monotone of neutral colours and conformity by expressing your personality – in a lagom way, of course.

A pair of colourful socks or a playful pattern will get you noticed and likely be a conversation starter at a dinner party.

What’s your best advice for dressing like a Swede? Let us know!

This article is based on the responses we received from Swedes and foreigners in Sweden on what they think you should wear if you want to follow Swedish fashion trends.

If you have any tips of your own which you think we’ve left out, let us know! You can comment on this article, send us an email at [email protected], or get in touch with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram: @thelocalsweden