Pure dynamite: Nobel may have invented the explosive, but today, it is all about the Nobel Peace Prize. This may sound a little absurd until you look at the former recipients, Barrack Obama in 2009, Al Gore, Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama. The other categories are interesting too. Physics (Albert Einstein, Max Planck, Erwin Schrödinger), literature (Thomas Mann, Heinrich Böll, Jean-Paul Sartre - and last but not least Elfriede Jelinek), chemistry (Marie Curie) and economics and medicine. Enough namedropping - the big event takes place annually on the 10th of December but don't count on an invite. Not that it matters really when you can join the science groupies outside the concert hall and get a glimpse of those celebrities that are about to make history.
It's hard to believe but Auktionsverk has been auctioning items off since 1647, when baroque was actually still contemporary art. Welcome to the oldest auctioneers in the world, which has even seen a circus go under the hammer. If you are after that kind of investment be aware of your weight allowance - and know that customs don't like clowns! But maybe you would like to bid on one of the other 2,500 items that are for auction every week - a teddy like your grandma's, an antique pocket watch or the original manuscript of Pippi's story. You can also get a bargain as long as you can manage to keep your hands under control.