“We officially closed down the actual shop on Friday,” explained store manager Christian Biller to The Local.
“Things simply got too slow in the winters, even though business was running smoothly in the summer with all the tourists in Gamla Stan.”
The bookshop has been located across from the Royal Palace on Slottsbacken since 2003, after moving from its previous location in Sverigehuset at Kungsträdgården, where it opened in 1983.
But now the physical store will be closed for good and remaining operations moved online, in what the institute has deemed a sign of the times.
“It’s a change for SI but also a change in the times; it’s a tough time for bookshops,” said Annika Rembe, head of the Swedish Institute, in a statement.
All the remaining books will now be sold online at www.swedenbookshop.com, with the books that were previously on sale to be available soon at the same prices.
Meanwhile, it’s not all over for book loving tourists who may want to take home a little light reading from their holiday.
“The hope is not lost for them,” Biller laughs.
“There are still a number of stores in Stockholm that sell books in other languages for tourists. There is one right near the central station that sells all kinds of guide books, for example.”