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lucia morning in sweden
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In our monthly newsletter, I usually feature a product of the month.  I thought I would go into a little bit more detail this month and create a blog post out of it! This month we are looking at the children’s book “Lucia Morning in Sweden“. It tells the story

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Swedish Cheese Plate
foodLife in Sweden

I love hearing from fellow Swedish Freaks! Jennifer writes: I am one of your subscribers and wondered if you knew about this cheese available on Amazon. My great grandparents and grandparents served this cheese when I was a child. There are different places to order it from but since you

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Gavle Goat Burns Again
holidaysLife in SwedenSwedish News

Gävle’s famous Christmas goat just celebrated it’s 50th anniversary.  Sadly, overnight, it was burned down by arsonists over night.  Watch the reaction of a Swedish news program as they report the breaking news (in Swedish! Time to practice your Swedish!) This isn’t the first time either! Of the 50 years the

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God jul coupon 2016
GeneralSweden Awesomeness

Excited to announce a black Friday sale at our online SwedishFreak.com store.  I recently just created new God Jul items for this year. Use the coupon code “God Jul 2016” at check out and get 10% off your entire purchase! Sale ends on November 30th, 2016, which is the shipping date

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Bergman Sjostrom
Learn SwedishPiece of SwedenSwedish mediaSwedish movies

Note to self. Do a post on Igmar Bergman, the “world-famous filmmaker, legendary theatre director and exceptional writer” from Sweden, who produced numerous amounts of films during the 50s, 60s and 70s. There is a whole foundation that talks about his work and life, but we won’t get into that now. A script

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mansplaining-in-sweden
Life in SwedenPiece of Sweden

This last week, Unionen, a private union in Stockholm, Sweden, set up a hotline for people who feel like they are having something “mansplained” to them. Don’t know what mansplain means? Don’t worry, me neither. Usually this happens because someone just assumes the person they are explaining to, doesn’t know

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learn swedish with malin akerman
Learn Swedish

Malin Akerman, a Swedish Canadian actress and singer, was recently with the US Weekly staff and decided to teach them some Swedish, including a fun Swedish drinking song. It sounds like some slang to me, at least the hello. Sluta! is always a good one. And who can’t use another Swedish

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Swedes Protest Nazis in Stockholm
Life in SwedenPolitics

In Sweden, there is freedom of the press.  Which means, people have the freedom to be racist. Nazis in Sweden are nothing new. Neo-Nazi’s celebrating the election of a U.S. president? That is something to write about. A news report has been going around about how the Neo Nazi’s in

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texas-swedish-church
HistoryPiece of Sweden

We can’t forget that this great country was founded by Swedes! A small town in Texas, remembers as their Bethel Lutheran Church celebrates 100 years. In 1916, Augustana Synod  sent Pastor O. H. Sylvan to Lyford, Texas to start the Bethel Lutheran Church there.  Members met in homes, as the building

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The Great Trump Escape
General

Everyone seems to be surprised about what happened on Tuesday. That is ok. If you want to escape Trump, there is at least one Swedish company willing to help. A Swedish advertising company, Round & Round, based in Stockholm, has put up a website called “The Great Trump Escape.” Since 1/4 of

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immigration-in-sweden
Life in Sweden

James Traub takes an in depth look at immigration in Sweden in his article “The Death of the Most Generous Nation on Earth“. He follows with: Little Sweden has taken in far more refugees per capita than any country in Europe. But in doing so, it’s tearing itself apart. Anybody who

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Swedes Safest Drivers
Life in Sweden

Sweden has been ranked as the safest drivers in a recent study comparing Sweden and 19 other countries and their death accidents on the road.  This is no accident either. Sweden has invested in the vision of having zero (yep, ZERO) accidents on the roads with their Vision Zero Initiative.  It happens

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fika the coffee side
foodLife in SwedenSwedish mediaSwedish movies

In Fabian Schmid‘s fourth episode in his web series, he takes a look at the coffee aspect of the Swedish fika. What exactly is a lot of coffee in Sweden? What kind of coffee do they drink in Sweden? Do they really have the best coffee in the world? Watch

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fika memories
foodLife in SwedenSwedish mediaSwedish movies

This episode of Fika: To Have Coffee looks at the history of fika in Sweden.  How did the fika start? What is the history of coffee in Sweden? The answers are quite surprising. Find out by watching the third episode.

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fika the social bit
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This second episode of the documentary Fika: to Have Coffee looks at the social aspect of the Swedish coffee break. Is it really about the coffee and treats?  Or is it more about the people and a place to hang out? Perhaps it is more about taking time for a

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fika coffee break ritual
foodLife in SwedenSwedish mediaSwedish movies

Fika. I love trying to explain what fika is to my American friends.  I never seem to convey the experience accurately. Thankfully, Fabian Schmid has started a 6 part documentary on the Swedish art of fika. Here is the first episode, covering the ritual of fika and what it is, and

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The Swedish Green Party
Politics

We want to build a sustainable society, that takes on climate change while creating new jobs. Well, sign me up! The Swedish Green Party (Miljöpartiet) sounds pretty, well, green.  Equality is huge in Sweden, and the Swedish Green Party is no different, with two spokespersons, a man and a woman, instead

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Eurovision 2016
Life in SwedenSwedish mediaSwedish music

Better late than never! Thanks to the Internet you can watch the live Eurovision show in Stockholm.  It is also going to be shown on Bravo in the United States if you still have cable. Eurovision is pretty huge in Sweden, and Sweden’s If I Were Sorry sung by Frans is

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