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The Rough Guide to Sweden 4 (Rough Guide Travel Guides) Paperback – July 31, 2006


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Product Details

  • Series: Rough Guide Travel Guides
  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; 4 edition (July 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843536854
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843536857
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,658,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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''The best guide to the country with the most detail on Gothenburg'' The Telegraph, London, UK

About the Author

James Proctor is a former BBC Scandinavia correspondent and a presenter of ''Euronews'' and ''Global'', on BBC Radio Five Live. He is co-author of Rough Guides to Scandinavia and Europe.


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Customer Reviews

Most guidebooks that I looked at covered the south of Sweden quite well at the expense of the North.
Amanda
Perhaps the publisher or author feel the Internet will balance the lack of information, I don't know, but this version is very disappointing.
Alexmom
Easy to use, practical, detailed, extremely helpful, with an eye toward saving money while you travel.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Amanda on July 2, 2003
Format: Paperback
I have always wanted to go to Sweden. I started learning Swedish when I was 14, and I started a pen-pal friendship with a Sweden at the same time. When I was 21 I finally made a trip to Sweden (March 2002) for 2 weeks and I used the May 2002 edition of this book.
I spent my time in three cities: Stockholm, Umeå, and Skellefteå. Most guidebooks that I looked at covered the south of Sweden quite well at the expense of the North. This guidebook used 25% of its space to write about the two largest cities and 60% to write about the rest of Sweden. (The remaining 15% of the book deals with formalities of getting to/into Sweden, language, food, etc.)
The section on Stockholm was fantastic, and since the chapter was organized based on each island or section of the city, it was very easy to read. You could plot out which part of the city you wanted to visit each day with ease. The book specifies open/close times very well (although you always double check). As someone traveling in the winter, I appreciated that fact! Some guidebooks don't list the months that something is open!
Whereas some guidebooks have 2 paragraphs on Umeå and Skellefteå, this one had 6 and 3, respectively. The cities are described well and the information is as much as you'll probably need.
Another nice feature is that the guide features fairly detailed information about getting to/from each city, even the small ones.
The third section of the book, about history, food, money, language, etc was well laid out, and the history section was as complete as most general tourists would want it.
The book caters to a variety of tourists as it lists a wide (very wide) variety of accomodations, restaurants, activities, and methods of travel.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Robert Archambeau on April 26, 2005
Format: Paperback
I lived in Sweden for a year, and this book was hands-down the best guide to the place I found. In fact, when I traveled around the country I left the other guides behind and took this one with me. Not only is the Rough Guide small enough to cart around conveniently, it has consistently accurate information. I also admire the attention the guide gives to areas outside of the big cities. Sweden is a country of small towns, really, and the guide pays a lot of attention to their attractions. Rough guides have never been afraid to be candid, either. I walked into a coffeehouse in Lund one day, took a look around, and felt instantly at home. I looked in the Rough Guide, and read that this was the place to be if you were a pretentious intellectual and wanted to be among similar effette poseurs. Yep, that was me, and that was the place. I had a great time. Tak sa miket, Rough Guide.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 3, 2000
Format: Paperback
Sweden is a wonderful travel destination. It is beautiful country that manages to be both very tranquil and very dynamic. However, like most Americans, I was totally ignorant about Sweden. In fact, I don't think I would ever have gone there if I hadn't found this book in the public library. It got me interested enough to spend a few weeks in Sweden, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I will definitely go back!
The book was very detailed and accurate, and went well beyond the average travel guide in the level of interesting detail about almost everything you could possibly encounter in Sweden. Although the book was published in 1997 and I went in 1999, most of the hotel and restaurant information was still accurate. The book also provides a good introduction to the history and culture of Sweden.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Emily C. Randall on August 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
I had issues with the Rough Guide to Japan that I used 2 years ago and unfortunately this book disappointed me in similar ways. First off, the errors. I only read the sections on Stockholm, Uppsala, and Gothenburg and surroundings, in addition to the Basics, Contexts, Glossary, etc., but in these I found numerous errors, particularly in the maps. Rough Guides maps use legends with numbers for food/drink establishments and letters for lodging. But you'll see, for example, the letter J listed in the legend but missing from the map, or another letter or number has been placed in clearly the wrong spot on the map. I also found Swedish spelling errors and mislabeled photos. I am convinced that this series is poorly edited. Anyone could crosscheck the maps in 1 day and catch the errors. But this crucial step in publishing seems to have been skipped.
Additionally, something that strikes me about the Rough Guide series is that the authors tend to be older and male, and their recommendations do not always suit female travelers or younger travelers. The authors are also rarely country natives. The main author listed for this edition does seem to have experience with the country, but the coauthor does not. Just because someone has a background in journalism and likes to travel does not qualify them to write about a specific country or to provide up-to-date information that will suit a wide range of travelers. And if you can't find a country native to author the guide, at the very least you could get a native to give it a look-over and catch the errors.
Also, there is little to no information in this guide on shopping - more evidence of the lack of any female input. I do not need long narratives on shopping, just a few bullet points on the main shopping areas or popular stores.
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