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Latest update (as per user input) on 2018-01-04

The thread FLGS of the world came to my attention when one of my countrymen adviced all Secret Santas to choose a shop in the recipient's vicinity, as sending a parcel into the EU most usually costs the recipient a lot of money.

The Sweden links in that thread were a bit poor, so I figured I'd do my chunk and start a thread that could list what shops we've got, both for Secret Santas and for people visiting Sweden.

Sweden has very few stores that specialize in games. Toy stores have the normal selection of Walmart board games, although you can be lucky and find a game that's actually playable – that is, internationally famous euros, mostly. And few. However, as board games is a typical Christmas present here, in December, most toy shops and book stores get a stock of games that can be worth browsing, especially the Lautapelit releases, a Finnish company that does Scandinavian releases of good euros.

Sweden is a steep country, though, so don't come here thinking you can shop games cheaply. As a standard, brick'n'mortar prices are roughly 150% of the US MSRP. Online you can get them a bit cheaper than that. Postage is usually about 100SEK ($15) to anywhere in the country.

This doesn't aim to be a complete list, just so you get something to start with. I filled up what I knew about (mostly Stockholm and Uppsala) and other stuff I knew about. Thanks for all shop information! I'll try to keep this list updated.

Sweden is an anglophone country. The likelihood of a shop clerk not being able to speak English is minimal. You can contact the shops via phone or mail in English without problem. When phoning to Sweden, the country code is 46, and then you skip the first 0 in the phone number. The phone number is stated on each shop's web site.
I'd say most board game shops are aware of Board Game Geek and will probably comply with the Secret Santa concept without problem.

Recource sites
Site that makes price comparisons in many of the below mentioned Swedish stores, albeit not all:
http://www.spelpriser.nu

Site that does a multisearch in many of the below mentioned stores (not all) and opens the store pages in separate windows:
http://spel.nsson.nu/

Online only shops
Do note that virtually all brick-and-mortar stores ALSO do online shopping. These are just the ones that only do online shopping:

Mantikora
Online shopping only. I've ordered some games from them, and there was nothing to complain about. Sometimes they have pretty good deals.
www.mantikora.se

Unispel
Online shopping only. Specializes in GW products, but carries boardgames too.
http://www.unispel.com/catalog/

Speljätten
Online store only, but good selection and prices. Seems most have good experiences with this.
http://www.speljatten.se

Game Maniacs
Obviously has a "slightly damaged boxes big discount" corner.
http://www.gamemaniacs.se/

Carrom.se
Speciality store for Carrom boards
http://carrom.se/

Allt på ett kort
Online store and game society
Good selection of board games, but no physical shop where you can come and browse (that I know of). Arranges game moots on Södergården, Götgatan 37 in Stockholm, and orders can also be picked up there.
http://www.alltpaettkort.se/

Spelexperten
Online game store
www.spelexperten.se

Webhallen
www.webhallen.com
A pretty good selection of games at competitive prices (personal opinion). Possible to pickup for free at one of their stores (maybe a dozen in greater Stockholm area, some in Göteborg, some in Malmö, as well as Linköping, Västerås, Uppsala and Helsingborg).

Malmö
Playoteket
Pretty good assortment of board games, card games and GW minis. Also have FoW-minis. The board games range from Monopoly to pretty heavy war games like World in Flames or obscure GMT games.
Tel: 040-12 04 10
Djäknegatan 2A
211 35 MALMÖ
https://www.playoteket.com/

SF-Bokhandeln
"Science Fiction book store" is an old chain selling SF and fantasy, film, anime and games.
www.sfbok.se

Göteborg
SF-Bokhandeln
"Science Fiction book store" is an old chain selling SF and fantasy, film, anime and games.
www.sfbok.se

Spel i Focus
Apparently cheap for a brick'n'mortar store?
http://www.spelifocus.se

Lund
Playoteket
Pretty good assortment of board games, card games and GW minis. Also have FoW-minis. The board games range from Monopoly to pretty heavy war games like World in Flames or obscure GMT games.
Phone: 046-12 78 10
Clemenstorget 6
222 21 LUND
https://www.playoteket.com/

Unispel
Online shop Unispel's newly opened shop in Lund on Östra Mårtensgatan 14B.

Lidköping
Game Maniacs
Also online shopping. No personal experience from me, but should have a decent amount of games.
www.gamemaniacs.se

Växjö
Legend i Växjö
Game shop selling board games, tabletop games, role playing games and CCGs. Also arranges various gaming nights.

Norra Järnvägsgatan 4
352 33 Växjö
Phone: +46(0)470-40404
https://www.facebook.com/legendivaxjo

Eskilstuna
Spelglädje
They have a decent selection of mostly euro and cardgames. Also hosts a number of Magic the Gathering events.
www.spelgladje.se

Linköping
Seriebörsen
A new and used comics store that also sells board games. A guess is that they only have one copy of most of the games listed.
http://www.serieborsen.se/spel.html

Jönköping
Vätterspel
A small selection of boardgames, cardgames, X-wing and Magic.
Tändsticksgränd 36
Phone: 070 35 31375
http://www.vatterspel.se/
https://www.facebook.com/vatterspel/


Katrineholm
Weighted Dice
http://weighteddice.se/

Stockholm
SF-bokhandeln
"Science Fiction book store" is an old chain selling SF and fantasy, film, anime and games.
www.sfbok.se

Dragon's Lair
Card game/board game/internet café place. Regular events and playing space, a pretty typical "Friendly Local Game Store". I really like this place, and they have decent prices for being a Swedish brick'n'mortar store
www.dragonslair.se

Games Workshop Stockholm
The GW shop in Stockholm. I haven't found a webpage for them, though
Mäster Samulesgatan 67
111 21 STOCKHOLM
Phone +46(0)8-213840

Alphaspel
A shop frequently putting up shop on conventions, even smaller ones. They also have online shipping.
www.alphaspel.se
physical address:
Sparbanksvägen 14
Hägerstensåsen

Uppsala
Prisfyndet
Nerdy shop selling GW stuff, board games, comics and cheap novels from the 70s. Hosts gaming evenings for Warhammer.
http://www.prisfyndet.com/

Fantasia
Newly opened (2009) on Östra Ågatan 11 in Uppsala.
Half the store is focused on Warhammer and the other section is shared between Flames of War and boardgames.

Halmstad
Drakar och Mazariner
Brogatan 41
Telefon: 020-105015
http://drakarochmazariner.se/

Karlshamn
Brädspelskaféet
Ronnebygatan 8
Tel: 0725 47 44 73
"Maybe Sweden's smalles board game shop". Opened in 2015. Across the street there is a large but quite expensive used book store.

Gävle
Hobby Shopen
A rather small brick and mortar store, but friendly personal.
Even online-shopping.
Norra Rådmansgatan 2, Gävle
http://www.hobbyshopen.com/

Sundsvall
Orion Spel
They don't have a big selection of boardgames but some of the big hits plus some old wargames. They also carry GW, a decent selection of roleplaying games and fantasy/sf novels. They're also host to a war model webshop. I haven't been able to locate a website.
Köpmangatan 23 B
852 32 SUNDSVALL
Phone +46 (0)60-155947

Umeå
World of Board Games
Also online shopping. I have no massive experience of them, but my orders online have been well dealt with, and I have heard nothing bad about them.
www.worldofboardgames.com

Collector's Point
Online shopping and a shop in Umea. Started with hockey cards and are specializing on CCGs.
www.collectorspoint.se

Fantasia
Sagagallerian
Götgatan 1
90327 Umeå
Phone: 090 - 770360
www.fantasiaweb.se

Luleå
Spelkällan
http://www.spelkallan.se/
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Ah, if only I had this for my Secret Santa last year.

More importantly, which ones can I converse with, how many speak English (seeing as it is the only language I have)?
 
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You'll have to be very unlucky to get someone who doesn't speak passable English.

I'll add one to the list:

Sundsvall
Orion Spel
They don't have a big selection of boardgames but when I've looked in they've had some of the big hits plus some old wargames. They also carry GW, a decent selection of roleplaying games and fantasy/sf novels. They're also host to a war model webshop.

I know there are good stores in Gävle and Växjö (or at least there were a couple of years ago) but I don't remember their names.
 
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Ah, if only I had this for my Secret Santa last year.

More importantly, which ones can I converse with, how many speak English (seeing as it is the only language I have)?


I'm not afraid to say everyone. Given that they're gamers, probably pretty good as well.

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I'll add my own store to the list :-).

Eskilstuna
Spelglädje
We have a decent selection of our favorite games, mostly euro and cardgames. Also hosts a number of Magic the Gathering events.
www.spelgladje.se
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Thanks for the additions. I'm editing the first post.
 
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I buy all my games from World of Board Games. They are not the cheapest store but they have a lot of games and if I place my order before 12:00 I have my games the next day, if all games are makrked as green (not yellow). They are also really nice to deal with and they take in games you ask for.
 
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Linköping
Seriebörsen
A new and used comics store that also sells board games. My guess is that they only have one copy of most of the games listed.
http://www.serieborsen.se/spel.html
 
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I buy all my games from World of Board Games.

My major nag with WoBG is that they are way to slow getting new releases to the store. And since I buy most of my games when they are released I tend to buy from other stores.
 
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unispel.com
 
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Awakening wrote:
I buy all my games from World of Board Games.

My major nag with WoBG is that they are way to slow getting new releases to the store. And since I buy most of my games when they are released I tend to buy from other stores.


I have not noticed that they are any slower then others, I got Space Hulk from them on the release date. One problem with new games is that you can't expect them to take in every title and unless requested it might take a while.
 
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Good list, Simon! Here's an addition;

Växjö
Helges Håla
A very nice and friendly store where you can buy anything from japanese model kits, to board games, to (imo) horribly ugly gothic dragon sculptures and sword replicas. Their selection of board games and RPGs is on the small side, but they do have and sell them. Also have CCGs, WHFB, 40K and all that jazz.

Sandgärdsgatan 13
352 30 Växjö
Phone: +46(0)470-21860
http://www.helgeshala.com/


Also, it might be worth noting that the SPEL på Vallgatan store in Kristianstad now is closed.

I can also give a short review on SPEL in Malmö and Lund:

Malmö:
Pretty good assortment of board games, card games and GW minis. Also have FoW-minis. The board games range from Monopoly to pretty heavy war games like World in Flames or obscure GMT games. It's a pricey store though!

Lund:
Not as expensive as Malmö, but roughly the same assortment.

Neither SPEL shop is as service minded as one could hope. Would probably not ship anything anywhere, but it's worth a shot.
 
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I can second the friendliness of Helges Håla. When I was there a few years back they had a good selection of card games.
 
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In Göteborg we also have
Spel i Focus
http://www.spelifocus.se
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Kan lägga till http://www.gamemaniacs.se/
Finns på nätet och i Lidköping (GM Spel & Pussel) och Katrineholm. Har väl allt.
 
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Hobbygames på Skolgatan 7
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Here are two links to useful sites

The first one, for making a price comparison in many of the above mentioned stores.

http://www.spelpriser.nu


The second one does a multisearch in many of the above mentioned stores and opens the store page in separate windows.

http://spel.nsson.nu/

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SF-bokhandeln
"Science Fiction book store" is an old chain selling SF and fantasy, film, anime and games.
www.sfbok.se


The one at Gamla Stan in Stockholn - one of the best bookstores I've been to. I bought there the whole collection of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time (the fancy black border edition). Great selection of everything for any SF/fantasy fan.
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I can give and update regarding the location of Fantasia in Uppsala.

Fantasia is located at Östra Ågatan 11 in Uppsala

Personally I like it so much that I even took the time to join here and give you the adress. It's a nice clean and modern store with a very friendly owner. Half the store is focused on Warhammer and the other section is shared between Flames of War and boardgames. The owner is also very quick to order stuff for you if you want something special.

I asked him if Neuroshima Hex was available with English rules (I learned about it while in Poland) and 2 weeks later he had ordered both the basic package, Babel 13 and Duel.
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Hey Simon, you need to update the entry on Unispel - they have now opened their store in Lund. Still somewhat under construction - interiors are a bit bland. Prices are great though, and they carry a very nice selection of board games. I'd say the focus is rather on board games than on GW stuff in the store.

It's located on Östra Mårtensgatan 14B.
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Spel i Focus and SF-Bokhandeln in Göteborg have a good collection, but are pretty expensive. You'll usually always find better deals online (from other Swedish stores). Goblin Games is decent, not the biggest collection and a bit tricky to find, but cheaper than the other two.

Mantikora seems to be a good online-shop, the only grief I had was that it took them over 2 months to send me a missing figure from one of my Descent expansions.

Just my two öre.
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http://wizard-games.com/ are based in Göteborg but also have a webshop.
 
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Some Uppsala stuff:

Hobby games doesn't exist any more.

Fantasia and Prisfyndet both have some good games but I don't think they can compete with online stores when it comes to prices. I can confirm the owner of Fantasia being very friendly.

Akademibokhandeln stocks a bunch of games, mostly children's, family and party games but also a few games like Shogun, Thurn and Taxis and Livingstone. Very pricey, though.

Various toy stores and supermarkets tend to have a depressingly large assortment of children's, traditional, trivia and party games but few if any heavy ones. Basically if you spot Aqua Romana you know you're at the deep end of the pool.

The variety store Mix Mix out in Luthagen stocks a few copies of World in War: Combined Arms 1939-1945 for what I suppose is a fair price if you like that sort of game (~275 kr if I remember correctly).
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www.alphaspel.se - the only online store you'll ever need if you live in Stockholm. Alphaspel & Dragon's Lair are my main suppliers of the drugs I need to survive...
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www.hobbygames.com is out of buisness.
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