If you're in west Sweden this week, you can be whisked away on some wild global adventures via Gothenburg's Film Festival. Prepare to enter a Japanese futuristic world where Tokyo is ruled by rapping gangsters, trek through the Finnish woods or live through the trauma of a divorce in Israel.
The 38th Gothenburg Film Festival
is being held until February 2nd, welcoming over 500 films from around 80 different countries. It also offers over 40 seminars, conferences, lectures and master classes from internationally recognized filmmakers. The slogan of this year's festival is “Things you don’t see every day”, with a core focus on Japan, celebrating its captivating movie culture by showcasing six new films from accredited and upcoming directors.
One of Gothenburg's arthouse cinemas. Photo: Gothenburg Film Festival
For live sporting action, head to Stockholm’s Ericsson Globe Arena where professional figure-skaters from all over Europe are coming together to compete for medals in the European Figure Skating Championships
. It’s been decades since Stockholm has hosted the internationally-renowned competition, which consists of five intense days of triple jumps, flips and passionate dancing. Sweden’s leading competitors are Alexander Majorov and sisters Viktoria and Joshi Helgesson.
The European Figure Skating Championships are already underway. Photo: TT
If you're already feeling nostalgic about Sweden's Christmas markets, why not head to northern Sweden where a traditional winter fair is plugging the gap. Jokkmokk’s Market, is open from February 5th to 7th. It is rich in history, having been founded in the 17th century by Swedish royalty in order to control trade, collect taxes and spread Christianity. Expect some cool snow sculptures too.
For many more tips on things to see and do across Sweden this weekend, click on our interactive chart below.