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What’s on: 10 Swedish festivals you shouldn’t miss this summer

Wondering what to do in Sweden this summer? Here's our selection of ten great festivals across the country.

What's on: 10 Swedish festivals you shouldn't miss this summer
Way out West in Gothenburg is just one of the many festivals on offer. Photo: Nora Lorek/Rockfoto/

1. Way out West

Way Out West is likely the most unmissable festival in Sweden. Popular among Stockholm hipsters venturing out of the capital, the environmentally friendly music festival takes place in the amazing surroundings of Slottskogen Park in Gothenburg. Keep your August 9th-11th free this year if you don't want to miss this event which will welcome great artists such as Arctic Monkeys, Iggy Pop, Arcade Fire, Lykke Li and rapper Kendrick Lamar. A festival pass costs 1,995 kronor for three days. Don't wait too long to book if you want to find accommodation, because the festival has no camping site.

Photo: Thomas Johansson/TT

2. Peace and love

First held in 1999 as a reaction to violence and hate, the Peace and Love Festival is now an international platform to advocate for human rights and anti-racism movements. It is held in the town of Borlänge in Dalarna from July 5th-7th. This year it welcomes popular Swedish artists Darin and Linnea Henriksson, both discovered by reality-competition talent show 'Idol'. You will also find Swedish musician Oskar Linnros and punk rock legend Thåström. International artists? How about Belgian DJ Lost Frequencies and Jamaican reggae band Inner Circle. Tickets cost 1,395 kronor for three days.

Festival often goes with rainy camping. Photo: Ulf Palm/TT

3. Summerburst

With two opportunities you can't miss this electro music festival which descends on Gothenburg on June 1st-2nd and Stockholm on June 15th-16th. This year Alan Walker, Martin Garrix, Kungs and Swedish DJ duo Galantis are among the DJs set to hit the stage. A two-day ticket costs 1,295 kronor.

French DJ David Guetta's performance at Summerburst in Stockholm. Photo:Christine Olsson/TT

4. Sweden Rock Festival

This annual Swedish rock festival, first held in 1992, is staged in Norje outside Sölvesborg in southern Sweden, from June 6th-9th. Known for its diverse genres of rock, the festival this year welcomes big names such as British band Iron Maiden, the godfather of heavy metal Ozzy Osbourne as well as veterans Judas Priest. Tickets are on sale for 690 and 990 kronor.

The Swedish metal band In flames performing at Sweden Rock Festival 2017. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

5. Storsjöyran

Storsjöyran, or just Yran, is one of the oldest Swedish festivals, first held back in the early 60s. It takes place in Östersund and was initially created by the people of this comparatively sparsely populated area to show the rest of Sweden that they are people who have the “zest, courage and knowledge to create a festival of international size and standard”. They have gone well and beyond proving that and today the festival gathers around 35,000-40,000 visitors every year. German electro music pioneers Kraftwerk, Sweden's homegrown artist Zara Larsson, Ziggy Marley (son of reggae icon Bob Marley), Australian rock band Wolfmother and lots of other artists from different genres will hit the stage between July 27th and 28th. You will have to spend 1,395 kronor for the two days of festival.

6. Åmål's blues fest

Åmål's blues fest is an international blues festival and the most visited blues festival in Sweden since the start in 1992. Everything is centrally located in the town of Åmål on Lake Vänern's beautiful shore. The festival takes place across the town with music in the streets, squares, cafés and restaurants. It will take place from July 12th-15th. A two-day ticket costs 400 to 750 kronor.

7. We are Sthlm

We are Sthlm is the Europe's largest youth festival for 13-19-year-olds. It takes place in Kungsträdgården in Stockholm and is completely free. Put August 14th-18th in your diary, every day from 2pm to 10pm.

We are Sthlm 2017. Photo: Anders Winklund/TT

8. Statement festival

The newest festival in this list was created on comedian Emma Knyckare's initiative as a reaction to allegations of sexual assaults towards women at several music festivals. It has been widely referred to as a “man-free festival” and will only welcome women, non-binary persons and trans persons. The goal is to create a safe space at festivals, Knyckare told The Local in an interview. It will take place from August 31st-September 1st in Gothenburg. The tickets for the two days cost 850 to 1100 kronor.



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9. Öland Roots

Öland Roots is a reggae festival organized by young people on the island of Öland. Put July 12th-14th in your diary and save up 1,495 kronor for a three-day ticket including camping.


BILJETTERNA TILL SOMMARENS KÄRLEK ÄR SLÄPPTA Vi hade en fantastisk festival i somras! Tålmodigt hjälptes vi åt så att så många som möjligt fick njuta av vår vackra gemenskap under tallkronorna i Sandbergen. Festivalen utvecklas från år till år, nya erfarenheter görs och nya inslag skapas. Öland Roots ska var Sveriges Mysigaste Festival. För att skapa det kommer vi inför 2018 utveckla festivalen. En del saker vill vi presentera redan nu och andra kommer längre fram. Vi kommer sälja färre biljetter till sommarens festival, både färre 3-dagarsbiljetter och färre 1-dagsbiljetter. Vi kommer förkorta köerna till våra spoltoaletter, skapa fler kärleksfulla mötesplatser och ta fram ett bredare utbud med ekologisk och vegansk mat. Vi kommer även ha ett stegrande biljettpris där de som har mer i plånboken kan köpa en dyrare biljett, så att de som har mindre i plånboken kan köpa sin biljett billigare. Nedräkningen till sommarens jubileum har börjat. Gör som många andra redan gjort : Köp dina biljetter redan nu! Biljettlänk: KÄRLEK SOLIDARITET MEDVETENHET #ÖlandRoots #SverigesMysigasteFestival #Öland #SödraÖland #festival #Bästivalen #Sandbergen #StoraFrö #biljetter #biljettsläpp

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10. EuroPride

Founded in 1998, Stockholm Pride is now the largest LGBTIQ-event (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer) in Scandinavia as well as the largest annual event in Stockholm. This year, the organization gets to hold the festival under the EuroPride title. From July 27th to August 5th you will find Pride hubs and pop-ups where EuroPride visitors can meet and take part in different events all around the city. You don't want to miss the Pride Parade on August 4th, which will see around 60,000 people marching and 500,000 bystanders, all celebrating human rights. Gothenburg will also host EuroPride this year, from August 14th-19th.

Stockholm Pride 2016. Photo: Erik Nylander/TT

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Moving to Gothenburg? The best areas and neighbourhoods to live in

Whether you're moving to Sweden’s second biggest city for the first time or are looking for another neighbourhood, The Local talks you through some of your best options.

Moving to Gothenburg? The best areas and neighbourhoods to live in
Which neighbourhood of Sweden's second city is right for you? Photo: Per Pixel Petersson/

First of all: where to look? The city of Gothenburg suggests on its website that sublets, houses and townhouses to rent all across West Sweden can be found on Blocket, a popular digital marketplace (in Swedish).

Other alternatives for rentals include the sites Bostaddirekt, Residensportalen and Findroommate, as well as Swedish websites like Hyresbostad and Andrahand. Note that some of the housing sites charge a subscription or membership fee. There are also Facebook groups where accommodation is advertised. An example in English is Find accommodation in Goteborg!.

If you’re buying, most apartments and houses for sale in Gothenburg and West Sweden can be seen on the websites Hemnet and Booli. Local newspapers often have property listings. Real estate agents (mäklare) can also help you find a place.

Majorna on a hot summer’s day. Photo: Björn Larsson Rosvall/TT


Majorna is a residential area in Gothenburg that has transformed from being a classic working-class district to becoming a hip and restaurant-dense cultural hub in Gothenburg. The buildings typical for Majorna are three storey buildings with the first storey built in stone and the topmost two built with wood — the houses traditionally called Landshövdingehus. This neighbourhood just west of the city center, beautifully positioned between the river Göta älv and the park Slottsskogen, is hugely popular with young families.

Majorna was traditionally populated with industrial workers and dockers. The area is still supposed to have a strong working-class identity, with many people living in Majorna seeing themselves as radical, politically aware, and having an ‘alternative lifestyle’.

This doesn’t mean, however, that one can live in Majorna on a shoestring. The average price per square meter here is approximately 55,000 kronor as of May 2021, according to Hemnet.

Eriksberg on Hisingen. Photo: Erik Abel/TT


From the centre of Gothenburg it’s only a short bus or tram ride across the river to Hisingen. It’s Sweden’s fifth largest island – after Gotland, Öland, Södertörn and Orust – and the second most populous. Hisingen is surrounded by the Göta älv river in the south and east, the Nordra älv in the north and the Kattegat in the west.

The first city carrying the name Gothenburg was founded on Hisingen in 1603. The town here, however, was burned down by the Danes in 1611 during the so-called Kalmar War and the only remnant is the foundation of the church that stood in the city centre.

Hisingen housed some of the world’s largest shipyards until the shipyard crisis of the 1970s. Over the last 20 years, the northern bank of the Göta älv has undergone major expansion. Residential areas, university buildings and several industries (including Volvo) have largely replaced the former shipyards.

Hisingen comprises many different neighbourhoods — Kvillebäcken, Backa and Biskopsgården are only some examples. At Jubileumsparken in Frihamnen, an area bordering the Göta älv, there is a public open-air pool and a spectacular sauna. Further inland you’ll find the beautiful Hisingsparken, the largest park in Gothenburg.

Apartment prices are still relatively low in certain parts of Hisingen, while the housing market in other neighbourhoods is booming. The average metre-squared price on Hisingen lies around 41,000 kronor.


Gamlestaden or the Old Town was founded as early as 1473, 200 years before Gothenburg’s current city centre was built. You can take a seven-minute tram ride towards the northeast to this upcoming district (popularly known as ‘Gamlestan’) which, like Majorna, is characterised by the original Landshövdingehus in combination with an international atmosphere.

What was once an industrial centre, mostly the factory of bearing manufacturer SKF, is now rapidly turning into something new, as restaurants and vintage shops move into the old red-brick factory buildings.

The multicultural neighbourhood is also close to the famous Kviberg’s marknad (market) and Bellevue marknad, where you can buy everything from exotic fruits and vegetables to second-hand clothes, electronics and curiosa.

The Gamlestaden district is developing and should become a densely populated and attractive district with new housing, city shopping and services. In the future, twice as many inhabitants will live here compared to today, according to Stadsutveckling Göteborg (City development Gothenburg). Around 3,000 new apartments should be built here in the coming years. The current price per metre squared in Gamlestaden is 46,000 kronor.

Södra Skärgården. Photo: Roger Lundsten/TT


It might not be the most practical, but it probably will be the most idyllic place you’ll ever live in: Gothenburg’s northern or southern archipelago (skärgården). With a public bus or tram you can get from the city centre to the sea and from there, you hop on a ferry taking you to one of many picturesque islands just off the coast of Gothenburg.

There are car ferries from Hisingen to the northern archipelago. Some of the islands here are also connected by bridges. The southern archipelago can be reached by ferries leaving from the harbour of Saltholmen.

Gothenburg’s southern archipelago has around 5,000 permanent and another 6,000 summer residents. The archipelago is completely car free and transportation is carried out mostly by means of cycles, delivery mopeds and electrical golf carts.

Most residences here are outstanding — wooden houses and cottages, big gardens — and always close to both nature and sea. Finding somewhere to live, however, is not necessarily easy. Some people rent out their summer houses during the other three seasons. When buying a house here (the average price being 5.5 million kronor) you have to be aware that living in a wooden house on an exposed island often comes with a lot of renovating and painting.