Stockholm Q & A: Where can I find a nice sauna to book

A reader wants to find a nice sauna that you can book for group in and around Stockholm. But which one? Peter Vinthagen Simpson has the answer.

I am looking for a nice Sauna place that you can book for a group. Do you know a sauna in or around Stockholm that can be booked?

Stockholm, while perhaps not on a par with Budapest or Helsinki, offers a veritable wealth of options for the sauna set to sit, sweat and chew the fat.

For starters Stockholm city council runs several establishments of varying sizes. The one I would recommend though for group bookings would be the floating Liljeholmsbadet located off the promenade at Hornstulls Strand.

A cozy, warm, traditional bathhouse with a friendly atmosphere and a manager in Imre Nagy that has been commended for his work with the local community. Available for bookings by companies, clubs and private people on Saturday evenings.

There is an outside deck for the (fool)hardy to cool off in the channel facing Liljeholmen.

For those looking for something more central I would recommend Storkyrkobadet in the Old Town. The bathhouse dates from the mid-18th century and is housed in the arches below the Estonian School.

Available for hire to groups on the weekends at around 1,000 kronor per hour.

My third choice for those looking for a bit more of an outing and the feel of bracing salty waters on the skin would be to jump on the Saltsjöbanan train out to “Saltis”.

Saltsjöbaden is something of a playground for Stockholm’s yachting set and the bathhouse located on a promontory gives a panorama view of the picturesque environs.

Saltisbadet is available for hire in full or in part when closed and for larger groups. Catering is available.

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Sweden: A land of hairdressers and writers

Sweden's capital Stockholm is full of hairdressers and writers, and sometimes even writers in hairdressers. And it can be a disturbing city when you're a bald Frenchman who happens to be a writer, observes Luis de Miranda.

Sweden: A land of hairdressers and writers

As a bald French writer exiled in Stockholm since last year, I have rapidly noticed that 50 percent of the Swedish population is either a hairdresser or a writer – or both.

In Stockholm, there is a frisör every fifty metres, where you usually find a lonely person getting a blond hair colour or a new cut, while reading the newspaper.

In the newspaper you will find many articles about people who engage in many different activities but who are also often designated as författare (writer): Sven Svensson, actor and författare; Camilla Johansson, yoga instructor and författare; Fredrik Reinfeldt, prime minister and författare.

It seems that any kind of printed material entitles you to be a författare, and some daily newspapers need to display book reviews in every edition in order to keep the pace and make all the författare happy.

Let’s be honest: I can understand that everybody agrees to call everybody else

a writer – that is an interesting form of collective vanity – but why so many

hairdressers? Some say it’s about money laundering. Or is it also about vanity?

People want to have nice blond hair and it is understandable. But as a bald French writer, I simply don’t exist here in Sweden: having little hair makes me invisible and

being a writer makes me very common.

I am considering wearing a wig and stopping my Swedish classes in order to remain relatively illiterate in the language of Swedenborg (no, this is not the name of my hairdresser). I shall refrain from writing even the slightest memoir on beard shaving.

But please don’t misunderstand me. I love Sweden and the Swedes. I respect any författare, any frisör, and I like fika, folkhem, filmjölk and feminism…

Sweden is just…fantastic.

Luis de Miranda is a French novelist, philosopher, editor and film director who has been in Stockholm for a year. He is also bald.