Sweden is enjoying a boost in popularity among foreign visitors thanks to the huge success of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the other novels and film adaptations in Stieg Larsson’s acclaimed series.
Lonely Planet highlighted the country’s rising desirability, and referred to Stockholm in its list of top cities to visit in 2012. The publisher’s travel editor, Tom Hall, said that the international success of the novels and films in the Girl with the Dragon’s Tattoo series played a significant role in securing a place for Stockholm in the list of top cities.
Mr Hall explained that the city was in the list “because of the rise in popularity of the crime thrillers that are being set in Sweden generally – it seems that destination is rising to prominence off the back of that.” Although Swedish versions of the popular book have already been made, a US remake of the first book opened in the UK in December, and sequels are planned. The remake, set in Sweden, starred James Bond star Daniel Craig alongside Rooney Mara and was directed by David Fincher.
Other cities featured in the Lonely Planet 2012 list included London, thanks mainly to the presence of the Olympics, and Muscat in Oman. The city has seen significant development, and offers visitors to Oman plush designer shopping, traditional dhows, water sports along the coastline and a friendly welcome from locals enjoying the rise of the region as a tourist hotspot.