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fika the coffee side
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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
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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
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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
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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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Foto Kungahuset.se / Photo The Royal Court, Sweden
Swedish Royalty

Wow, it seems that Sweden’s royal family has been busy.  Another royal baby was born yesterday, this time a son to Prince Carl and his wife, Princess Sofia. Everyone is in good health and we can’t wait to see more baby photos!

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arabic
Life in Sweden

Finnish has officially been Sweden’s second language when it comes to mother tongues for over 1,000 years. With the new wave of immigrants from Arabic speaking countries and with the Finnish immigrants dying off, Arabic is soon be the second most spoken language in the country. Surprisingly Sweden does not

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Call Sweden
Learn SwedishLife in Sweden

I love Sweden. You really can’t get any better than this.  Sweden has released a special phone number (+46 771 793 336) where anybody in the world can call, and they will speak to a random Swede! Swedes sign up for the ability to have a random stranger call them by

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Orgasm Church In Sweden
Swedish News

A church in Sjöbo, Skåne tried to apply to become an official church.  It was denied because: Ordet orgasm är enligt definition ett sexuellt begrepp, vilket inte i något avseende hör ihop med kyrka. That means “The word orgasm is by definition a sexual concept, not something you hear together with church.”

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Pray for Brussels
GeneralLife in Sweden

I’ve always tried to keep Swedish Freak in the positive.  It isn’t hard, because Sweden is pretty awesome! However, with the recent attacks in Brussels, I’m realizing that not being a part of the conversation is adding to the problem. (Please consider donating to the family’s affected by the attack.)

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Alexander Samuelsson
History

The United States is founded on immigrants. Not surprisingly, many immigrants came from Sweden.  SvD wrote a great article about the Swedish Immigrants that left an impression on the United States during the 1800 and 1900’s. The one that stands out the most, that has an effect on not only the

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breastfeeding-in-sweden
Swedish News

While Sweden is the 5th best country in the world for breastfeeding rates, it seems that Swedes still aren’t 100% accepting in public. That is what started a Facebook community called “Amningsuppropet” by Kicki Sahamies, after a librarian told her in front of a group of people that her breastfeeding didn’t look

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Mushroom Packaging
Sweden AwesomenessSwedish News

Sweden is already known for importing trash.  IKEA is looking into taking Sweden’s eco-friendliness one step further with mushroom packaging. I suppose because IKEA is Swedish, it has always been conscious of its packaging.  It at one point worked with a design firm in Stockholm to design packaging that was cost

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Named Prince Oscar of Sweden
Swedish Royalty

Yesterday evening my phone started to blow up. Yep, Prince Daniel was at the hospital telling the media that Crown Princess Victoria had given birth, and mother and son were fine. Today, a Council of State was held (as is custom for when there is a royal birth. Who knew?).

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Old Swedish Leap Year Poster
HistoryLearn Swedish

Well, at least it use to! Apparently back in the day, leap year (which was celebrated on the 24th because, well, calendar to calendar conversion rates don’t always work) day was the one day a girl could propose to a guy. This was, of course, back in the day before there

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snoop-dog-video
Swedish News

The rapper Snoop Dogg had a concert in Uppsala, the large college town only about an hour from Stockholm. On his way back to Stockholm, around midnight, his vehicle was stopped by a random vehicle check by the Stockholm police. Kinda like our random drunk driving stops in America. Not

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ikea-malm-furniture
General

Make sure your IKEA dressers are fastened to the wall! We all know and love IKEA for being super Swedish, and super cheap. At least they have cute, affordable furniture. I love the story of the founder of IKEA (which obviously I need to do a blog post about, as I

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