Page 215. " It was, however, quite clear that if, for example, the demonstrator Hannes Westberg, who was hit in the stomach during the World Trade Organisation riots in Goteborg in 2001, had been shot with hunting ammo, he would have not survived. "

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Larsson falls into protesting from time to time in these stories. This issue is clearly an abhorrent one that he would have been appalled by.

Page 223. " It was Maundy Thursday and he and his wife had planned to be in their summer cabin on Blidö over the Easter weekend. "

Summer cabins are an everyday aspect of Swedish culture and feature several times in these books. Blomkvist wrote his explosive book in the last novel at his summer cabin. Armansky has his cabin on the island Blidö.