ABBA at City hall

In the footsteps of famous Swedes

Stockholm is and has been home to many famous Swedes and a lot of places, restaurants and buildings are still strongly associated with some of them.

Ingmar Bergman, 1918-2007

Ingmar Bergman is Sweden's and one of the world’s most famous filmmakers. Bergman directed around 50 movies and more than 170 stage, television and radio productions.

  • The Royal Dramatic Theatre: Bergman had a long relationship with Dramaten and promised he would come back and haunt the theater after he died. There is a place named after him behind the theater – Ingmar Bergmans Plats.
  • Östermalm: Ingmar Bergman grew up in a religious home at various addresses on Östermalm. He later had apartments at Karlaplan and Villagatan on Östermalm.

Greta Garbo, 1905-1990

Greta Garbo was a Swedish actress during Hollywood's silent film era and part of its Golden Age. Regarded as one of the greatest and most mystical movie stars ever produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and the Hollywood studio system,

  • PUB: Garbo worked as a sales clerk at department store PUB at Hötorget and as their model for magazine ads. Her first film role was in a PUB commercial.
  • Skogskyrkogården: Greta Garbo is buried in Skogskyrkogården, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Blekingegatan 32: Garbo grew up on Blekingegatan Street 32 on Södermalm.

Astrid Lindgren, 1907-2002

Swedish author of children’s books, world famous for her books about Pippi Longstocking, Emil and Karlsson—145 million of them have been sold in 88 languages.

  • Junibacken: Junibacken is a place full of stories, laughter and mischief. A place where children’s culture and Swedish children’s books literally come to life.
  • Dalagatan 46: Astrid lived here in an apartment with a view of the Vasa Park until her death in 2002.
  • Tegnerlunden: Several of Astrid’s books have a connection with the park. For example, “Mio, My Son” begins here. It’s where the boy in the story meets the spirit that takes him to Farawayland.

Carl Michael Bellman, 1740-1795

Bellman is usually thought of as one of Sweden’s national poets and has been called “the Nordic Anacreon”. His poetry was as important to Swedish literature as Shakespeare was to English.

  • Den Gyldene Freden: This legendary and still operating restaurant on Österlånggatan Street 51 in Gamla Stan was often visited by Bellman.
  • Bellman’s grave: Bellman is buried in Klara kyrkogård Cemetary. Klara kyrkogård, Norrmalm, Stockholm.
  • Urvädersgränd 3, Södermalm: Bellman lived here from 1770 to 1774, where he wrote many of his most famous works.

August Strindberg, 1849-1912

Strindberg was a prevalent figure in literary Sweden for four decades. He was always controversial and often involved in personal conflicts.

  • Strindberg Museum: This museum is built around the author’s last home. Drottninggatan 85
  • Berns: Strindberg often visited The Red Room at Berns Café in Berzeli Park, where journalists, artists and intellectuals used to gather. Many characters in his book “The Red Room” are based on people he met with here.

ABBA

ABBA is the most famous Swedish pop group of all time. Even though they stopped playing together more than 20 years ago, their music lives on, especially in the film and musical “Mamma Mia”.

  • Polar Studio: Legendary recording studio where ABBA and many other artists recorded their music over the years. Sportpalatset St:Eriksgatan Street 58, Kungsholmen.
  • Rival Hotel:  A boutique hotel with its own movie theater located in the heart of the trendy Södermalm area, shaped by the vision of its owner, Benny Andersson, who wanted to recapture the 1930s glamour of the hotel.
  • Lido: Benny Andersson’s home on Djurgården.
  • Gamla Stan and Riddarholmen: Many ABBA photo sessions took place in Gamla Stan, including Stortorget Square. Not far from there, a photo session for “ABBA, The Album” took place on Riddarholmen, with the City Hall and Södermalm in the background.

Alfred Nobel, 1833-1896

Inventor of dynamite, industrialist, donor and founder of the Nobel Prize.

  • Vinterviken: In 1865, Alfred Nobel opened his first nitroglycerine factory in Vinterviken in the Aspudden suburb of Stockholm. Two years later he invented dynamite and manufactured it in the Vinterviken factory.
  • Nobel Museum: The Nobel Museum in Gamla Stan is the best place to get to know more about the Nobel laureates and their achievements.