Three dead following head-on collision

Two people died at the scene of a head-on collision between two cars on a main road in Dalarna in central Sweden on Monday afternoon.

A third victim died later from injuries sustained in the crash.

The accident took place on route 70 between Vikarbyn and Rättsvik around 3.30pm.

A 65-year-old couple, who were driving in one of the cars, died on the scene. Occupants of the second car included an 80-year-old woman, a 60-year-old man, as well as a 25-year-old man.

All three were taken to hospital in nearby Mora. Later in the evening, the hospital announced that the woman had died from her injuries. The two men received less serious injuries, but remained in hospital for observation.

The cause of the accident is not yet known, although icy conditions have been noted on roads in Dalarna county over the course of the day.

“There have been icy patches in some places, but I can’t say if that was the case there or if it was the cause of the accident,” said commanding officer Yasemin Mollaoglu to the TT news agency.

Subsequent reports indicated that the stretch of road where the accident took place wasn’t icy at the time of the crash.

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A Touch of Scandinavia: Reindeer in the kitchen

Scandinavian style is a seamless blend of tradition and modernity, respecting the old but adding just the right amount of cool. Viktoria Månström has it down to a fine art, and has quickly become a leading Scandinavian designer.

A Touch of Scandinavia: Reindeer in the kitchen
Designer Viktoria Månström and one of her Anna Viktoria products.

Reindeer and elk play beloved roles Swedish culture and heritage. And while taking them into your home may sound a bit extreme, Viktoria Månström, the designer behind Swedish home décor brand Anna Viktoria, has made it possible.

”Everything I design has a Scandinavian touch and a modern design built upon Swedish tradition,” Månström says. “I take the past and traditions of Sweden and bring them into the present.”

In other words, Månström designs coffee cups, kitchen trays, bowls, bottle openers, kitchen towels, key rings, and everything else you could possibly want to help bring a bit of Sweden into your home. 

And they’re covered in modern Swedish art, of course.

“I actually started with the Dala horse. I come from Dalarna so it felt like the right place to begin.”

While the Dala horse is a classic Swedish symbol, Månström’s version is a perfect example of contemporary Scandinavian design – clean, simple, modern and unique, mixing colours and patterns in an innovative way without looking too “busy”.

ou can buy Anna Viktoria's striped Dala horse here at The Local Brands

Månström’s knack for design was hardly unexpected.

“It’s been inside me for a very long time,” Månström tells The Local. “My grandmother made tapestries and my grandfather was a carpenter, so the tradition of craftwork was always there. They gave me a passion for colour and design. It came naturally.”

The company Anna Viktoria was born after Månström did a few designs for a friend. She then started participating in fairs and visiting tourist agencies, where she discovered the seed of a market for exactly what she was making: tradition meets modern design.

“It was tough at first,” Månström recalls. “I was a little ahead of my time, I think. But once things got going, they really got going.”

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Now living in Jämtland in western Sweden, Månström has become a favourite of home decorators across the country, featuring in various home magazines and publications. She sells her products under the name “A Touch of Scandinavia” – and everything is both practical and chic.

”My products are truly Scandinavian; products that convey Sweden. And they also last. They’re items you can really use in everyday life.”

Purchase Anna Viktoria products at The Local Brands