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healthLife in Sweden

Ok, one more thing to add to the “Sweden is Amazing” list. Now in Sweden, when you give blood, you will get a text when your blood is used to help someone. Sweden started this initiative in Stockholm 3 years ago, and it has had such good success, they are rolling

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Life in Sweden

When I lived in Sweden 3 years ago (I can’t believe it has been that long already!), I remember a “betala med kort” campaign that we got in the mail in Skellefteå. The campaign read that it is better to NOT have cash on you. With cash, you are more vulnerable

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Life in Sweden

Norrland! Gotta love it. This video went viral on Tuesday when two teens caught a giant pike fish while fishing in Norrland. This fish weighed in at over 30lbs and 4 feet long. While it is a huge fish, pike is not usually eaten in Sweden (though it is a

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The New Vulkan Pizza
foodLife in Sweden

If you have ever lived in Sweden, you will know what the true national dish is. Pizza. What they do with pizza is genius. My favorite was when they took a whole pizza, added some ranch, and rolled it up into a large burrito like sandwich. Yum! Well, something new

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Midsummer Maypole
holidaysSweden Abroad

Midsommer is one of the best holidays to be in Sweden for. If you don’t know what Midsummer is or haven’t experienced it, watch the video above. In 4 minutes you will get exactly what Midsummer is for Swedes. I miss Midsummer immensely, so here are 10 things you can

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Swedish Royalty

This has been a big week for Sweden’s royal family. Just two days after Swedish Prince Carl Philip married Sofia Hellqvist, Princess Madeleine and Christopher O’Neill welcomed their baby boy into the world. Yesterday, images were released. How adorable! The new prince weighed 3080 grams (6 lbs and 12 oz) at birth

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Swedish Royalty

The Swedish Royal Family arrives in style at Prince Carl Philip’s marriage to his long-term girlfriend Sofia Hellqvist. Nothing more fun than a royal wedding! And just two days later Princess Madeleine welcomed her second child into the world.

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holidaysLife in Sweden

From what I had heard and read, Sweden is a country of innovation. Just take Ikea for example. A furniture business that not only sells their wares disassembled for convenience, production value and price point but excites people to master the skill of carpentry with little more than a pack

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History

We’ll never know if there were any native Swedes among the crews of Vikings that were the first Europeans to set foot in the Americas, but later waves of Swedish migrants arriving in North America aboard the famous liners of the Cunard Line were among the main settlers of the

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Swedish living room at Rusta.
Life in Sweden

(without visiting Ikea!) Unfortunately for a lot of us the instant connection made when we think of Swedish design is world-wide home interiors giant Ikea, but there is so much more to beautiful traditional Swedish interior design than this. Natural materials, light-reflecting mirrors, fireplaces, stylish functional furniture and cosy textiles

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Sweden Abroad

There are some pros to living in a big city. Bozeman, Montana, where I first ended up, only had 30,000 people in the area. While many of them had Swedish heritage, there was not much Swedish culture. Phoenix is a whole different story though. I run into a lot of

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A Swede pushes the limits of Halloween.
holidaysLife in Sweden

I have fond memories of my time in Sweden, especially my two Halloween parties. Yes, they were big enough to make a splash in the local newspaper, but what was really fun was to see all my Swedish friends dress up and really celebrate this holiday all out. I remember

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Swedish wildlife

This post is sponsored by Stormin Norman, a pest control company in Phoenix, Arizona, that specializes in termite control and scorpion control. Let’s explore the extreme differences between the bugs of Sweden and the bugs of Arizona. Here in Arizona, the dreaded bug is the brown recluse. This nasty and

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Swedish Viking Costume
GeneralSwedish Freak

Halloween is coming soon. It may not be a native Swedish holiday, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t celebrated in Sweden, and it also doesn’t mean that your Halloween can’t have some Swedish in it! Here are 7 great costumes for a Swedish Freak like you for this Halloween. Viking

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Glad-Midsummer
holidaysLife in Sweden

Be marry and dance while you celebrate the longest day of the year!

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foodHistoryPiece of Sweden

Hell on earth, falukorv and little red cottages Ever travelled through the Swedish countryside? Or at least seen it on TV? Did you notice that the majority of all buildings – homes, barns, boathouses, every shed – are red? Red cottages with white corners and other white trimmings are as

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Princess Madeleine Mr ONeill
Life in Sweden

Saturday saw another Royal Wedding in Stockholm as Swedish Princess Madeleine married American/Englishman (he has dual citizenship. But for coolness sakes, let’s just call him American) Christopher O’Neill. And of course Swedish newspapers and media are all the more happy to report about it. I’m sitting here in the United

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Happy National Day Sweden
General

Today is Sweden’s National Day. A day Swedes are proud to be Swedish! They just don’t gloat about it Read a great article about how Sweden’s National Day came about, and do something extra Swedish today!

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