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Stockholm hotel featured on 2010 ‘hotlist’

The Stockholm Hotel Skeppsholmen has been named among the coolest new hotels on the annual hotlist published by leading US travel magazine Condé Naste Traveller.

The Stockholm city centre establishment features as one of 66 hotels on a list spanning 31 countries.

“The Swedes have a knack for making wooden floors and off-white walls feel like the height of luxury. However, the Hotel Skeppsholmen, which is housed in two 17th-century buildings on an island in the heart of the city, is more than just another exercise in Nordic minimalism,” the magazine wrote in explanation of why the hotel was selected.

The hotel opened in October in a building from 1699 after a design by Claesson Koivisto Rune. It is situated on the waterfront at the heart of Stockholm inner-city harbour over-looking the Old Town and the scenic park of Djurgården.

“We’re very proud to be featured on the prestigious Condé Nast Traveller’s Hot List 2010 with 66 fab hotels across the globe… The only Scandinavian hotel to make it onto the list,” said CEO Joachim Olausson in a statement on the hotel’s website.

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It’s icy out there: what you can expect on the drive home from Christmas

Sweden’s state forecaster SMHI is warning of slippery ice, or ishalka on Tuesday, on the roads in central Sweden, with several trucks careering off the road overnight.

It's icy out there: what you can expect on the drive home from Christmas

According to SMHI, several stretchesof road likely to see heavy traffic after Christmas are affected by the icy connections, with the E4 motorway between Södertälje and Jönköping, stretches between the coast of Bohuslän north of Gothenburg, and the E18 between Örebro and Stockholm all with several slippery patches. 

Dalarna meanwhile will see heavy snowfall, with about 15cm of new snow falling on Monday night. 

On Monday night, a truck came off Route 55 south of Strångsjö in Katrineholm municipality late, while another was forced to stop due to slippage. 

The accident has since prevented the road from being gritted, because the stopped lorry blocked the salt-spreading truck, and then the salt truck broke down.

“A new one is on the way but it is not here yet,” Priya Eklund, a spokesperson for the police told TT at 10am on Tuesday. 

Another vehicle has gone off the road on the same stretch, but it is still unclear what happened. Traffic is currently at a standstill and many are stuck in queues.

On Tuesday morning, two trucks then collided on the E20 at Kumla outside Örebro in the direction of Gothenburg. The road is expected to be closed until 1pm, according to the Swedish Transport Administration website.

A lorry driver has been arrested on suspicion of gross negligence in traffic, drunk driving and drug offences after driving into police and rescue vehicles at an accident scene on the E4 outside Jönköping on Monday evening, Sweden’s state broadcaster SR reported.

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