A record Almedalen week

Almedalen 2013 was bigger than ever. The 8 days of the 46th iteration attracted 20,000 visitors to more than 2100 events.

While the media coverage continued to center around the party political activities, most of the events were in fact not connected to the parties, as lobbyists, interest groups, media, and political junkies crowded the city of Visby.

Next year’s Almedalen promises to be even bigger, as 2014 is an election year.

By the time the Visby week is held in July, Swedes and other Europeans will have already gone to the polls in the elections to the EU parliament.

The various parties will be coming to Almedalen as winners and losers as they prepare for the September parliamentary and local elections here.