Legendary Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman fell for Fjällbacka’s charms and spent many happy summers on the island of Dannholmen, just west of Fjällbacka, with her family. Local girl Camilla Läckberg uses this charming fishing village as the backdrop for her international best-selling crime fiction books.
Camilla Läckberg’s crime fiction tales are currently being turned into feature films and a TV series, called Fjällbacka Murders. The first film in the series will be shown on Swedish television (SVT) during Christmas 2012 and then released across the world. 40 countries are currently in negotiations about the Fjällbacka Murders, so keep visiting the West Sweden website for updates about when the films will be screened in different countries.
Source: West Sweden website
The little Mermaid
The statue from 1913 was originally a gift to the city donated by brewer Carl Jacobsen (son of the founder of Carlsberg). The statue is made of bronze, is 125 cm (4’1 feet) tall and weighs 175 kg (385 pounds).
The story of The Little Mermaid is from writer Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale by the same name, a story about the unhappy mermaid who wish she goes on shore.
Inspired by a ballerina
The statue was inspired by ballerina Ellen Price, who in 1909 danced the lead role in the ballet The Little Mermaid at the Royal Theatre. According to history Ellen Price, however, would not model in the nude for sculptor Edvard Eriksen. Therefore, only the statue’s face is modeled after the ballerina, while the body is modeled after the sculptor’s wife Eline Eriksen.
On 23 August 2013 she will be 100 years old.
The headless mermaid
The little mermaid has several times been the victim of vandalism. Twice she has lost her head, once the arm was sawn off, and several times she has had paint poured on her. But every time she is rescued and restored, so she can stay in her place by the water and bid travelers welcome to Copenhagen harbor.