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Swedish mediaSwedish podcast

What does March 22nd and the most famous Swedish holiday, midsummer, have in common? In this Swedishness podcast, Kattis and Phillip interview experts in Swedish tradition, as well as others to dive deeper into Swedes and this sexy holiday of theirs. As the description says: This celebration of sunlight and

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LA to Stockholm $500 or less?
Travel

No seriously. I booked my flight already, leaving on the 22nd (yes, this Saturday), and it cost me $550 including carry on luggage, some travel insurance, and a seat selected on the way home. I do have a hotel cost in Iceland on my way there of $70. I’m not

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Swedes-recycle-under-terrorist-threat
Life in SwedenSweden Awesomeness

Again, another reason why I love Sweden. Nothing stops Swedes from recycling. Absolutely nothing. Not even a terrorist attack. Someone pointed this thread out to me on Reddit with a video of Swedes recycling under the terrorist threat they recently had. A rough translation of the text (please Swedes, if I’m

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Swedish mediaSwedish podcast

Being one of the countries that embraces technology, it is no wonder that Sweden is known as the start up hub of Europe (think Spotify & Skype). In this episode of Swedishness, Kattis and Phillip interview experts in the Swedish start up arena to discover what the Swedish start up

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Do Swedes Actually Work
Swedish mediaSwedish podcast

Well yes! I actually find Swedes to be one of the most efficient types of people (think IKEA). But one may question when Swedes actually DO their work, as the Swedishness episode 5 podcast points out: Employees in Sweden get more paid holiday than nearly any other country in the

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Life in Swedenwork

After almost 5 years away from Sweden, I can’t stand it anymore! I want to find a job in Sweden. I’m ready to fika, take my shoes off at work, pay high taxes, and get 5 weeks paid vacation. Not only that, I’d love to go back to school and

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Worlds Oldest Free Press
Swedish mediaSwedish podcast

So what? Well, I suppose maybe young people may not appreciate free press and being able to say anything, including the truth. It seems that more and more the freedom of the press is being weighed down by untruths and bias that many are struggling to figure out what is

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Swedish flag mourning
Swedish News

Yesterday I was sad to wake up to the news that there was a terrorist attack in Sweden. Another truck attack. While we mourn for the lives lost, let us continue to live our everyday lives not in fear, but in love of one another. The Prime Minister of Sweden

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New Shop Items
GeneralSwedish Freak

Due to limited amount of time (don’t we all have that issue), I can only do so many things. I realized that the shop hasn’t been updated in forever (since Christmas). So I decided it was time to do a little design and update the shop! I’m excited about the new

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Swedes happiest or loneliest
Swedish mediaSwedish podcast

SI’s podcast all about Sweden, Swedishness, in podcast #3 looks at the question: Are Swedes the happiest or the loneliest people in the world? Swedes are known as one of the happiest people on earth, and why not? With 5 weeks paid vacation, and a state that takes care of

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Will Sweden be run by robots?
GeneralSwedish mediaSwedish podcast

Swedishness is the newly released podcast from SI, Swedish Institute. Last time Kattis Ahlström and her co-host and Swedish resident for 12 years, Philip O’Connor, discussed parental leave in Sweden. This time they discuss the point to which Swede’s adapt to technology. They are already headed to be the first cashless country.

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Olle-the-Coop-chickling
Life in SwedenSweden Awesomeness

Even though this happened in January (and I’m just posting it now), but now every time I cook eggs I think of this story! Supposedly this Swedish women, Agneta, heard somewhere that some grocery eggs are fertile and can be hatched if warmed. She gave it a shot with a 6

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Swedishness Episode #1 Parental Leave
Life in SwedenPiece of SwedenSwedish mediaSwedish podcast

Sweden knows its awesomeness, and is ready to share it with the world!  Has been for awhile, with great sites like Sweden.se.  This year the Swedish Institute has launched a new podcast called Swedishness. Here is a little information about the podcast: Together with co-host Philip O’Connor, an Irish journalist who has

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Life in Sweden

No wonder I want to live there so badly! Recently US News came out with their annual The Best Country For List for 2017. Switzerland took number one spot, but I’m not sure how, because Sweden got number one for being green, being a woman and for raising children.      

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Swedish Dads
Swedish booksSwedish Gem

One of my favorite things about Sweden is that maternity leave is referred to paternity leave, because it is for both parents, not just mothers. One of Sweden’s photographers, Johan Bävman, is showing off the Swedish stay-at-home dads with his photo book “Swedish Dads”, which portrays 25 fathers who stay home with their

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Face Tomorrow Like a Swede
Life in SwedenSwedish media

Swedes are so awesome, they are willing to share their awesomeness with the rest of the world. The Swedish Part Model is a labor union model where workers and employers work together in order to optimize the labor force. I will let the website, LikeASwede.se, founded by a group of Swedish

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Swedish Music
HistorySwedish music

While stalking Sweden online (it is what I’m doing for a living, woot!), I came across the amazing American Swedish Institute.  It is actually a museum, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a museum I managed to completely miss when I was visiting family in Minneapolis! If you are in Minneapolis, do not

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Princess Semla
foodSweden Awesomeness

What do you get when you cross a princesstårt and a semla? Why, a Princess Semla of course! A bakery in the town of Nässjö, Sweden (south of Stockholm) has come up with the semla (plural is semlor) of the year. (Don’t know what a semla is? Check out our amazing

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