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Sweden has set the pace for modern design the world over. High-quality cutlery, china, sports equipment, textiles, handicrafts, furs, crystal, jewellery, silver, fine glassware, pottery, furniture, quality cars and mobile phones. High-quality glass and crystal are widely available throughout Sweden. For bargains in low-cost “seconds” visit the major glassworks shops, such as Orrefors, Kosta Boda, etc. located in Småland. For ceramics, Nya Höganäs-Keramik, at Höganäs in southern Sweden, offers bargains at up to 40% below normal retail levels.

Everywhere in Sweden, even in small villages, you’ll find “hemslöjd” (handicrafts) shops where you can buy traditional handicrafts like knitwear, needlework and woodcarvings. Many traditional markets and country fairs are held in Sweden throughout the year. Some are big events attracting thousands of visitors. Inquire at local tourist offices about markets in the area you are visiting.

In Sweden, value-added tax (VAT) is always included in the purchase price. Non EU-residents can get a refund of the VAT when you leave the EU via Global Refund Sweden.

In late November, Christmas markets spring up all over Sweden, it is a very old tradition and various stalls sell Swedish delicacies and handicrafts.

Christmas spirit abounds in Gothenburg with the approach of the holiday season. Gothenburg’s main boulevard, Avenyn, is adorned with lights and a giant Christmas tree stands in the main square at Gustaf Adolfs Torg. The city’s pedestrian streets and town squares are beautifully decorated with restaurants serving a traditional Christmas buffet with a maritime twist.

Christmas markets spring up all over the city, including the Haga Old Town and Kronhuset, Gothenburg’s oldest official building. However the largest by far can be found at Liseberg amusement park where more than four million fairy lights illuminate the festivities. Some 80 rustic market stalls sell arts, crafts and festive foods and an ice rink provides hours of entertainment for visitors along with several children’s attractions. The coronation of Gothenburg’s Lucia takes place on 12 December. The market will be open between 17-19, 24-30 November, 1-3 December and daily between 6-23 December.

Stockholm offers a whole host of Christmas markets, both in the city and outlying areas. At Skansen open-air museum visitors can enjoy festive stalls, music, entertainment, food and warming glögg (hot spiced wine). Stockholm’s Lucia will be crowned on 10 December when there will be a procession and magnificent fireworks display. There are also markets in Gamla Stan (the old town) and visitors can take a boat out to markets in the archipelago.

Malmö comes alive at Christmas, with the streets transformed by sparkling fairy lights, decorations and candles in every window. Traditional markets open at Södertull and Gustav Adolf’s Torg between end of November until 23 December, along with an ice rink at Lilla Torg in the city centre complete the festive scene.

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