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Sweden is a country of crime fiction

Published torsdag 21 oktober 2010 kl 09.37
”We are proud that he wrote about our police service in Ystad” (26:00)
(26 min)
Outlaw hacker Lisabeth Salander is the hard-hitting heroine of Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy books

Swedish crime writing is a hot property.

Henning Mankell's hero Wallander and Stieg Larsson's heroine Salander are familiar to people all over the world.

Their novels, and the TV programs and films based on them, are selling in their millions, now more than ever. They're making the jump into international culture, with American and British versions.

Swedish crime is now a sort of sub-genre of its own - with new writers being able to be advertised as 'the next big thing in scandinavian crime.'

Sweden, a country once best known for exporting safe cars and soft pop, is now the got-to source for a certain kind of story about murder and suspense.

What is certain is that it's not just an export industry. TV and film series about police and crime dominate the Swedish viewing charts.

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