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Five exciting sports events in Sweden this summer weekend

Five exciting sports events in Sweden this summer weekend
The Swedish summer invites being outdoors. Photo: Werner Nystrand/imagebank.sweden.se
The Swedish summer is in full swing, so it's time to get outdoors while you still can. What better way to do so than by taking part in some of these big sporting events this weekend?

1. Enjoy the Swedish Open in Båstad

In Björn Borg, Sweden produced one of the greatest tennis players of all time, and the country's love affair with the sport still persists in the present day. This weekend marks the start of the Swedish Open in Båstad, near Gothenburg, which kicks off on Sunday July 10th. Plenty of world class tennis will be on offer, and diehards can even book a “Perfect Day” ticket which includes the chance to play against professional players and a spot on centre court for the matches. The kids can even try some mini-tennis matches – not to mention ice cream and goodies.

Båstad Tennis Stadium. Photo: Swedish Open

2. Watch Gotland's very own Olympics

At the Stanga Games (nicknamed the “Gotland Olympics”) participants play traditional sports only over four days. Favourites include pole throwing and the ancient square and border ball, a game involving a ball made of wool and sheepskin. The first competition was organized in 1924, and some of the sports date back to the days of the Vikings. This year the games run from July 6th to Sunday the 10th, so if you're on Gotland, go and take a look. 

3. Watch tomorrow's Zlatan at the Scandinavian Soccer Cup in Stockholm

The first ever edition of the Scandinavian Soccer Cup takes place in Stockholm on Sunday, July 10th. Organized by the Swedish Football Association, it aims to gather children from all over the world to play football over a four-day tournament. The only requirements are that entrants are a member of the football association of their home country, and are aged between 10 and 18. Come along for a look: who knows, you could see the Zlatan Ibrahimovic of tomorrow.

Photo: Simon Paulin/imagebank.sweden.se

4. Watch giants of Swedish football in Stockholm and Gothenburg

Fancy some football at a higher level? This weekend sees two huge Allsvenskan matches take place. On Saturday, Djurgården will be at home to reigning Swedish champions IFK Norrköping at Stockholm's swanky Tele2 arena, while on Sunday, the only Scandinavian club to have won an international competition, IFK Gothenburg, face GIF Sundsvall at Gamla Ullevi. 

5. Do some outdoor training in Malmö and Lund

If you prefer to take part in sports rather than watch them, then get outdoors and start training this weekend. In Malmö, outdoor sessions are organized every Sunday during the summer in Folkets Parken. In Lund meanwhile, Friskis och Svettis hold outdoor Jympa classes every Monday and Thursday morning. Get your sneakers on and get exercising!

Check out our interactive calendar below for more fun things to do in Sweden.



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