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Six cute Swedish towns you've never heard of

Trosa in central Sweden. Photo: Gunnar Lundmark/SvD/TT

Published: 06.May.2015 08:28 hrs

The streets of Stockholm and Gothenburg are often jam-packed with tourists, but further afield there are plenty of adorable Swedish towns you've probably never heard of, but which all offer some unique experiences.

1. Ystad

We may have exaggerated the headline. If you're a fan of Nordic Noir, you have definitely heard of Ystad. This is the home of famous Swedish television detective Kurt Wallander and both the Swedish original and Kenneth Branagh's BBC version were shot on location. Tourists can go on conceptual guided tours that follow in the rugged policeman's footsteps along the town's cobble stone streets. If you would rather investigate ancient history than fictional crimes, the 11th-century town, located at the southernmost tip of Sweden, also has a fascinating history and is home to one of Sweden's best-preserved medieval Fransiscan monasteries, the Greyfriars' Abbey.

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