We love Sweden´s official Twitter account! Right now it’s being handed over to Swedish guest writers. The project, Curators of Sweden, involves several people describing the width and variations of Swedish life and ideas.
This week the @sweden account is in the hands of Hanna Fange, a lesbian truck driver. Follow her for a week at @sweden
“As a child, I dreamt of becoming a truck driver. Of course I had other dreams as well, like to one day being able to fly, or marrying Modesty Blaise. One out of three completed, that isn’t too bad. Apart from being a truck driver, I’m a girlfriend, a sister, and a feminist. I wish I could say that my life is really interesting and adventurous, but really, it isn’t. When I’m not working (which I do quite a lot), I … eh … OK, my life is work, my girlfriend, and – when there is spare time – friends. I enjoy life to the fullest, living my dream (’cause frankly, my girlfriend is much hotter than Modesty, not to mention the fact that she is real).
Usually I go by @lastbilslesbian on Twitter, but for one week I’ll be @Sweden. How cool is that?”
We think it’s supercool!
This summer 15 persons of the OUT editorial staff went to Sweden to celebrate Midsummer’s Eve and to explore why our country of less than 10 million people is so culturally relevant right now. From Robyn and the Knife to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The new issue of OUT lists 82 reasons to love Sweden, starting with an interview with Alexander Skarsgård, best for his role in HBO’s lusty drama True Blood. In the interview Alexander Skarsgård talks with the Swedish filmmaker, Jonas Åkerlund about the Swedish conquest of Hollywood, national differences in etiquette, and why Swedes get so much sex. Read the interview>>
Also read the following features in the latest issue of OUT
Anton Hysén -A young soccer player comes out and makes history
Rickard Engfors – For Sweden’s “best-looking girl,” the show drags on
The It Boy – Marcus Schenkenberg, another hungry supermodel
Swedish fashion and design is much more than skinny jeans and strangely named bookshelves from IKEA. Some say that the success is due to the focus on clean, cool, elaborated and innovative forms that appeal to people all over the world.
One of Sweden’s strongest brand names in jewelry is not only represented in the Meatpacking District in New York; most recently designer Efva Attling opened a new flagship jewelry store at fashionable Biblioteksgatan in Stockholm. Efva’s specialty is playing around with words and expressions. She calls her design Beauty with a Thought. www.efvaattling.com
For more shopping inspiration, check out the Stockholm shopping guide>>
Read this beautiful article on Stockholm. Written by Mark Thompson, Style & Travel Editor for EDGE.
“Beauty has been, for years, synonymous with Sweden. After all, this is the country that conquered the world with their Nordic models, clothed the globe in H&M fashions, furnished our homes in Ikea – and drowned the world in Absolut. In other words, Swedish beauty conquers all.
Stockholm, one of the world’s most beautiful capitals, is often considered the “Venice of the North” – and to find yourself in the Swedish capital in the midst of Stockholm Pride, the largest LGBT Pride festival in Scandinavia, is to be nearly dumbfounded by the simultaneous visual beauty of both citizenry and city.”
Today Thomas and Brett, the winners of Love is in the air US, got married!
The couple had a beautiful wedding at the spectacular ICEHOTEL in the north of Sweden. Tomorrow we have the pleasure to welcome them to Stockholm!
SAS Scandinavian Airlines and VisitSweden together with Stockholm Gay & Lesbian Network and the ICEHOTEL are proud to present this falls most exciting and worlds-exclusive LGBT social media campaign!
SAS Scandinavian Airlines is hoping to host the world’s first same-sex wedding in the air onboard an Airbus A340 between Stockholm and New York on December 6 this year. To find the couples, the airline today launched its first major social media campaign; Love is in the air!
For the US LGBT market, SAS has partnered up with VisitSweden and Stockholm Gay & Lesbian Network to offer one lucky couple the chance to win an unforgettable wedding and honeymoon package to Sweden, including Business class flights with SAS to Sweden, two nights’ accommodation at the world-renowned ICEHOTEL, where the couple will get married, three nights’ accommodation at Hotel Skeppsholmen in Stockholm and a VIP Stockholm package organized by the Stockholm Visitors Board. This competition is only open to US-based residents, whilst the European-based winners will win a trip to New York and Los Angeles, as well as be the first to marry in what we hope will be the first same-sex weddings onboard a commercial flight.
At www.flysas.com/us/love couples can create a profile and upload either a video or photos along with a presentation, which others can then vote on. For the best chance to win, couples are recommended to share their profile with as many friends as possible via various social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, in order to increase the number of votes. The US couple with the most votes will win the fantastic wedding and honeymoon package to Sweden.
For the world unique flight on December 6, SAS will turn a part of its Stockholm lounge into a wedding lounge and one of the Business class cabins onboard SK903 on December 6 will be made into an exclusive wedding cabin.
To enter a profile or view other couples, please go to www.flysas.com/us/love.
Would you like to do something really Swedish while you’re in Stockholm? Then my suggestion is to eat crayfish.
What would August be without a crayfish party? Eating freshwater crayfish in August is one of Sweden’s most cherished food traditions. The “red gold” is boiled with salt, dill and other seasonings, then chilled and eaten fresh from the shell.
Brännvin (distilled alcohol such as vodka) is traditionally the accompanying drink, but beer is also a favorite.
A number of Stockholm restaurants serve crayfish during certain weeks in August. Contact the restaurant in advance to see if crayfish are on the menu before visiting. A select few are listed here>>