Scan Magazine, Issue 108, January 2018

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Scan Magazine  |  Special Theme  |  Top Destinations to Visit in Sweden in 2018

Steel sculpture with letters that form a human shape. Artist: Jaume Plensa. Name of artwork: House of knowledge. Photo: Fredrik Malmlund

A state of the art While honouring its proud textile past, Borås is a modern, innovative city with a neverending number of exciting projects in the pipeline. Culture is its main attraction, but this is a versatile city that offers something for everyone. In addition to art lovers, Borås attracts those who long for glittering blue lakes, quiet country walking trails and fresh air, as the great outdoors are right on the doorstep of the city. By Pia Petersson  |  Photos: Borås

The concept of public art has been taken to another level in Borås, where art is quite literally everywhere. “I suppose you could say that the entire city is one big art gallery,” says Mia Landin, operations manager at Borås Tourism Centre. This is one of the many reasons why 58  |  Issue 108  |  January 2018

Borås has become an attractive destination for those with a great interest in all things cultural. Roughly 45 minutes from Sweden’s second city, Gothenburg, 25 minutes from the international airport Landvetter, and easily reached from essentially all of southern Sweden, Borås

has definite appeal. However, this is not a city to quickly stop in on the way to somewhere else. “I think many of our visitors are quite surprised to discover that there’s so much to do here,” says Landin. In addition to the vast public art gallery, there are art museums, a city zoo, as well as fantastic surrounding countryside just a stone’s throw from the city centre.

The textile city – past, present and future Ask any Swede about Borås, and they will without a doubt mention the textile industry. Starting in the 1800s, the city was

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