What’s On in Sweden: January 1st – 7th

What’s on in Sweden: Tango with Superheroes in Stockholm, tickle cockroaches in Gothenburg and Blame it on the Stones in Malmö.


Stockholm Tango Festival

¡La Milonga Sueca! Buenos Aires comes to Stockholm

Price: See website

Location: Brommasalen, Alviks Medborgarhus

Date: 29 December to 2nd January

More information: Tango Norte

Human Superheroes

Artist Andreas Englund gives superheroes a human twist in the stylish surroundings of The Lydmar

Price: Free

Location:Lydmar Hotel

Date: Until 24th January

More information: Lydmar Hotel

Jason Rouse – International Terrorism

A Laughs At The Liffey special with controversial Canadian comedian Jason Rouse

Price: 50 kronor

Location: The Liffey, Gamla Stan

Date: 2nd January

Time: 8pm

More information: Laughs At The Liffey

Twelfth Night Blues

Xmas ain’t over yet! Stockholm Blues Society invite you to get up and get down.

Price: 275 kronor

Location: Fasching

Date: 5th January

Time: 8pm

More information: Trettondags Blues

Riverdance – The Farewell Tour

Begorra! The Irish phenomena that’s been wowing audiences since 1994 is saying farewell.

Price: 395-595 kronor

Location: Annexet

Date: 5th – 10th January

Time: 7.30pm (some matinees)

More information: Live Nation


Christmas with Pippi

Iconic Swedish kid’s hero performs at iconic Swedish park, Liseberg

Price: See Website

Location: Lisebergsteatern

Date: until 10th January

Time: 1pm and 4pm

More information: Lisebergsteatern

I Dare You!

Would you dare to touch a cockroach or put your hand in a secret box(?). Learn about science in a slightly masochistic way.

Price: See website


Date: until 10th January

More information: Universeum

Sticky Fingers

Gothenburg’s premier Rock club, rocks out!

Price:80 kronor

Location:Sticky Fingers,

Date: 2nd January

Time: 9pm

More information: Sticky Fingers

Modern Lovers

Craig Jamieson’s famous Scottish night plays Gothenburg once a month. DJ’s from the UK and GBG

Price:100 kronor

Location: Ritz, Bastionplatsen,2

Date: 2nd January

Time: 10pm

More information: Ritz


Blame It On The Stones

One of Malmö’s hottest live bands….. Live!

Price: Free

Location: Mässingshörnet

Date: 2nd January

Time: 9pm

More information: Mässingshörnet


Malmö Symphony Orchestra give Christmas one last musical blast. With dancers from the Unga Danskompaniet

Price: 200 kronor

Location: Malmö Konserthus

Date: 6th January

Time: 3pm and 6pm

More information: Malmö Symphony Orchestra

Zsa Zsa Zsu

Club Night on Malmö’s very own Love Boat

Price: 80 kronor

Location: Prins Bernhard, Skeppsbron 4

Date: 1st January

Time: 10pm

More information: Prins Bernhard

Step It Up!?

Dubstep and Krautrock accompanied by the smell of Tandoori Chicken. Spaced Out film projections too. Could this club have it all?

Price: Free

Location: Indian Curry Hut

Date: 5th January

Time: 9.30pm

More information: Indian Curry Hut

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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.