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Discover Young Wallander’s scenic filming locations as S2 hits Netflix

Darcy Rafter February 21, 2022

Young Wallander is a crime drama series based on investigator Kurt Wallander, created by Henning Mankell. The series was renewed for a second season in November 2020, and Killer’s Shadow debuted on Netflix on 17th February 2022.

The prequel follows the life of the titular character as his younger self, as a 20-year-old investigator assigned to his local police department. Wallander teams up with Detective Frida Rask (Leanne Best) to solve a new case. When they find there’s a connection to one of Rask’s older cases, things get a little more complex.

Have you started watching Young Wallander and decided your next vacation will be to wherever the series was so beautifully shot? You’re not the only one. Fans of the crime adaptation are curious to know where the scenic urban filming locations are, so let’s discover more.

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Young Wallander’s scenic filming locations

The majority of season 2 will be filmed in the same areas as season 1 in Lithuania’s capital, Vilnius. The production designer Malin Lindholm decided that Lithuania would act as southern Sweden, where the series is set.

In the show, Kurt lives in Malmö, Sweden, and The Rosengård housing development is largely used as a base location. The estate was built as part of the Swedish ‘Million Homes’ programme between the 1960s and 1970s. The series has certainly heightened the violence and tensions around immigration in Malmö. Whilst keeping the series relatable with the current social issues in Sweden.

Vilnius has a lot of cinematic potential with a diverse range of locations and scenery. If you think that some of the locations look familiar, it’s because it has been the home of other productions; Stranger Things, War & Peace, Tokyo Trial, Chernobyl, and The Last Czars.

Šeškinė is another filming location that has been used and it was likely picked due to the unique buildings and variety of shooting opportunities. Šeškinė is also surrounded by hills and with very traditional buildings and streets, making for some interesting shooting perspectives. The area is also home to one of the flats that serves as Kurt’s apartment in the series.

Young Wallander’s previous filming locations

Wallander which is the original television series was also filmed in Europe. Most of its shooting locations are in Skåne, Sweden, and Copenhagen, Denmark.

However, Vilnius became the prime location for season 2 and Jūratė Pazikaitė, the director of the Vilnius Film Office, explains that it was not always easy; “Shooting in such a densely populated neighbourhood is rather difficult — it requires a lot of understanding, goodwill and patience both from the residents and the filming crew,”

Thankfully, the natives got on board and the production was able to successfully cast hundreds of the locals as extras for the show. Fans can’t wait to carry on watching the series and discover new holiday locations as Vilnius will now attract more tourists.

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Darcy is an experienced journalist passionate about celebrity culture and entertainment. After gaining a degree in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths University she has also become a social media specialist, always keeping informed on the latest trends. With almost five years of experience in media, her expertise is analysing platforms such as Instagram, Twitter and TikTok. When she's not tracking the latest trending content, she’s watching films and eating lots of chocolate.