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Book sale offers chance to learn about Sweden

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Book sale offers chance to learn about Sweden
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Sponsored article: The end of February has been a traditional period for book sales in Sweden since the 1920s. Bookstores up and down the country offer their books for sale at knock-down prices, and customers descend on the stores in their hordes. Some bookstores even open at midnight, and queues sometimes form around the block.

This year, for the first time, the Sweden Bookshop will also hold a book sale. The store, on Slottsbacken near the Royal Palace, will offer a 30 percent discount on all books for a limited time. The sale will also take place on the bookstore's website and will last from now until 7th March.

The sale is a unique opportunity to acquire books about Sweden and Swedish literature in translation at low prices. The Sweden Bookshop stocks everything from exclusive coffee-table books to the latest Swedish crime fiction.

The children's section is the largest part of the store, with many titles unavailable elsewhere - some of them cannot even be found in the Royal National Library.

While books in English form much of the stock in the store, you can find anything from Stieg Larsson in Chinese to Pippi Longstocking in Hindi. In total, the bookstore stocks no fewer than 3,000 titles in 47 languages.

The store is operated by the Swedish Institute, a government agency charged with promoting Sweden's image abroad. As a result, the store is not-for-profit - it is there simply to provide information about Sweden and to generate interest in Sweden and Swedish literature.

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