Sweden in Pictures 2012

Personally, 2012 was a blessed year in many ways starting with the birth of my daughter. I’ve gone through my photo archives and put together the gallery below that shows what Sweden looked like through my lens in 2012.

This is also my last post as photoblogger here. It’s been an incredible ride from a two-month initial contract that lasted two years. I’ve been able to explore and experience so many places, cultural traditions, and lifestyles all over Sweden.

To those of you who’ve loyally followed this photo blog, left inspiring comments (Special thanks to Monica-USA!), and experienced Sweden through my lens – the good, the cool, and the boring – I want to say a huge “Tack så mycket!”

For those interested, you can follow my personal projects and musings at www.lolaakinmade.com and @LolaAkinmade.

January

Fireworks on New Year's Eve in Stockholm Sweden - Night Photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström Swedish World Junior Hockey Champions - Sports Photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström Raoul Wallenberg Light Procession on Lidingö - Photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström
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February

Gone fishing till March - Photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström
Took February off to welcome my daughter.

March

St. Patrick's Day Celebration in Stockholm - Photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström St. Patrick's Day Celebration in Stockholm - Photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström Women's Bandy Finals in Uppsala - Sports Photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström Women's Bandy Finals in Uppsala - Sports Photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström
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April

Easter and Feathers in Sweden - Photography by Lola Akinmade ÅkerströmAfghan pizza delivery in Luleå - Food photography by Lola Akinmade ÅkerströmSnowmobiling through Hällträskskogen - Photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström Snowmobiling through Hällträskskogen - Photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström Cow exhibition in Öjebyn - Sweden - Nature Photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström
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May

Going retro in Boden, Sweden - Vintage Cafe Photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström May Day in Luleå, Sweden - Swedish Traditions - Photography by Lola Akinmade ÅkerströmTulip festival in Stockholm, Sweden - Spring Flower Photography by Lola Akinmade ÅkerströmBarbecue - Summer grilling with friends - Food photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström
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June

Scenes from National Day in Sweden - Festival and Celebration Photography by Lola Akinmade ÅkerströmSummer picnic in Djurgården - Stockholm, Sweden - Midsummer Photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström Scenes from Midsummer at Skansen, Stockholm - Midsummer Photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström Digging in at Taste of Stockholm - Swedish Food Photography by Lola Akinmade ÅkerströmDigging in at Taste of Stockholm - Swedish Food Photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström
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July

Market Day in Kyrkbyn - Gammelstad, Sweden - Swedish Lifestyle Photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström Independence Day BBQ - Fourth of July Food Photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström Independence Day BBQ - Fourth of July Food Photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström Summer in Stockholm's archipelago - Sweden photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström Summer seaside dining in Getå - Stockholm's Archipelago - Food Photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström
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August

Pride festival and parade in Stockholm, Sweden - Culture and lifestyle photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström Pride festival and parade in Stockholm, Sweden - Culture and lifestyle photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström Hot air balloons over Gärdet, Stockholm - Landscape photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström
Brazilian Day at Kungsträdgården, Stockholm - Culture and Lifestyle photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström Brazilian Day at Kungsträdgården, Stockholm - Culture and Lifestyle photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström Sweden - Stockholm Triathlon - Sports photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström
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September

Scenes from Tjejmilen 10K Race - Stockholm photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström Swedish Royalty - King Gustav and Queen Silvia visit Danderyd - Photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström Surströmming - Summer Food Tradition in Sweden - Lola Akinmade Åkerström Meeting Chef Leif Mannerström at Kometen, Gothenburg, Sweden - Swedish Food Photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström Seafood and fish at Feskekörka, Gothenburg, Sweden - Swedish Food Photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström
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October

Ulf Wagner and Gustav Trägårdh - Sjömagasinet, Gothenburg - Food photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström Seafood at Sjömagasinet, Gothenburg - Swedish Food photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström Happy Cinnamon Bun Day - Swedish Food photography by Lola Akinmade ÅkerströmFerry ride to Visby, Gotland - Travel photography by Lola Akinmade ÅkerströmChanging fall leaves - Autumn in Stockholm, Sweden - Landscape photography by  Lola Akinmade ÅkerströmBaltic Sea, Visby beachfront promenade, Gotland - Sweden travel photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström
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November

All Saints Day at Skogskyrkogården, Stockholm, Sweden - Night Photography by  Lola Akinmade ÅkerströmAll Saints Day at Skogskyrkogården, Stockholm, Sweden - Night Photography by  Lola Akinmade ÅkerströmAdrienne Cook, Så gott som nytt, Humanitarian - Photography by Lola Akinmade ÅkerströmAdrienne Cook, Så gott som nytt, Humanitarian - Photography by Lola Akinmade ÅkerströmFaces behind Norda Bar & Grill in Gothenburg - Photography by  Lola Akinmade Åkerström
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December

Celebrating Saint Lucia in Stockholm, Sweden - Winter photography by Lola Akinmade ÅkerströmCelebrating Saint Lucia in Stockholm, Sweden - Winter photography by Lola Akinmade ÅkerströmChristmas market at Sergels torg, Stockholm, Sweden - Winter photography by Lola Akinmade ÅkerströmChristmas trees at Medborgarplatsen, Stockholm - Sweden winter photography by Lola Akinmade AkerstromChristmas lights along Drottinggatan, Stockholm - Winter photography by Lola Akinmade AkerstromDark winter day - Gamla stan and Slussen, Stockholm, Sweden - Landscape photography by  Lola Akinmade ÅkerströmDonuts and festive goodies around town
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You can also check out Sweden in Pictures 2011.

Happy New Year / Gott Nytt År!

Winter scene around Centralbadet

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Centralbadet, Stockholm’s popular bath house, sauna, spa, and rejuvenation center has been running since August 1904 (that’s 108 years!) and remains an iconic fixture right off Drottninggatan.

Selling trees at Medborgarplatsen

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I hardly put up Christmas trees though I’ll probably need to start doing so now that there’s a kid in the house.

Dotting squares, street corners, and neighborhoods all over Stockholm are small Christmas tree (julgrann) vendors with freshly cut pine trees for sale.

Here’s one such vendor camped out at Medborgarplatsen (Citizen Square) in Södermalm.

Christmas lights along Drottninggatan

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A few Christmas lights lining Stockholm’s main pedestrian street Drottninggatan.

Candied apples and festive goodies around Stockholm

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The smell of caramelized almonds wafting through the air definitely puts me in the holiday spirit.