Independent bookstores in Sweden
Swedish enjoying reading. The graph below shows the countries that read the most. Sweden recorded the list with its citizens reporting an average of 7 hours and 6 minutes a week spent reading. Even though Sweden is not the world most reader, it is still in one of the top countries enjoying reading. As I am from Korea who reads approximately around 3 hours a week according to the graph, the reading difference was quite interesting for me.
The reason why Swedish enjoy reading is hard to figure it out, but the richness of Swedish literature might be one of the reasons why people like to read. There are many famous writers in Sweden. The most representative writer in Sweden is Astrid Lindgren who is best known for children’s book series featuring Pippi Longstocking. Also psychological thriller novel ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ by Stieg Larsson is well-known. It is the first book of the Millennium series and become an international bestseller. My favourite Swedish Novel is perhaps ‘The Man Called Ove’ written by Fredrik Backman. Swedish old man called Ove who tried to convince suicide shows us the meaning of life and love.
There are so many places in Sweden where you can enjoy reading. Not only the public or university library, there are also various independent bookstores and secondhand bookstores all over Sweden. It is really fun to find unique bookstores which really matches with my own taste of reading.
In this post, I would like to introduce some bookstores in Sweden where I really enjoy to go. Hope you guys also like bookstores that I will introduce below. And for sure, you can come to Sweden and experience not only those bookstores but also find more places by yourself. If you know any other great bookstores, please feel free to post comments on below and share with us!
Bellmansgatan 26, 118 47 Stockholm
This is a comic book store where classic comic lovers would like to go. Since this is second-hand bookstores, the prices were quite affordable. You can buy one comic book starting from 10 Kroner! I guess it can be the easy and nice way to start learning Swedish with those old Swedish comic books!
Mariatorget 7-3, 118 48 Stockholm
Unfortunately, this place has only a few English books in this stores. If you can read in Swedish, then you will really like this bookstore. Still, there were many books that attracted me even only with the book cover.
Krukmakargatan 24, 118 51 Stockholm
These independent bookstore deals with magazines that catch the eyes. All the magazines seemed interesting, and there were many books in English as well as Swedish. I would like to recommend this place to people who just came to Sweden. Since there many books that tell about Swedish culture and places, I am sure these books will teach you a lot about Sweden in a short time, and of course, it will be the perfect souvenir.
Åsögatan 124, 116 24 Stockholm
Konst-ig is a bookstore in So-Fo area which is well-known as hipster’s place in Stockholm. All books all about arts and photography. There is a shelve in this store that consists only with the books which are written by a Swedish artist. So if you have an interest in Swedish design or photography, then this is the right place for you!
Torkel Knutssonsgatan 31, 118 49 Stockholm
This is actually my favourite bookstore. Fotoantikvariat. As I am the person who really enjoys taking photos, books in this place were so attractive and interesting for me.
Östgötagatan 20, 645 30 Stockholm
Antikvariat Hundörat is the second-hand bookstores in Södermalm. There were so many books in English, so I bought one book here and enjoyed reading that book on the train back to Uppsala.