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Astrid Lindgren's apartment opens as museum

November 5, 2015

Her most famous children's book character, Pippi Longstocking, was invented in Astrid Lindgren's Stockholm home. The apartment is now opening to the public.

Historical photo of Astrid Lindgren with family in her Stockholm apartment, Copyright: Ullstein Buchverlage GmbH/K. Johansen
Image: Ullstein Buchverlage GmbH/K. Johansen

Just in time for her 108th birthday on November 14, Astrid Lindgren's family is giving her fans a huge present. Starting on November 14, they can visit the famous author's former home in Stockholm.

Until now, only virtual tours of the residence have been possible. For now, only small groups will be allowed to tour the apartment, organizer Jessica Bab Bonde told news agency dpa.

Astrid Lindgren lived in her Stockholm apartment for more than 60 years, some of that time with her husband and two children.

The author died in 2002 at the age of 94 in her home. Swedish royalty and the country's prime minister attended her funeral; thousands of people gathered in the streets to pay their last respects. A small girl on a white horse followed her coffin in the procession.

Lindgren is considered the most important children's author of the 20th century. Her books have been translated into 97 languages and have sold more than 150 million copies.

hm/kbm/eg (dpa, astrid-lindgren.de)