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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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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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Sweden Awesomeness

This is old news, but it is one of my favorite facts about Sweden and it is something that can be shared over and over again. Yes, at the end of 2014, Sweden ran out of garbage and started importing it from other countries such as Norway and the UK.

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Life in Sweden

I have had the privilege to attend a Swedish wedding when my good friends Anna and Jörgen got married in 2012. With the royal wedding that just happened, and with my own wedding planning starting for 2016, I have weddings on the brain! I knew some Swedish wedding traditions from my

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HistoryPiece of Sweden

How cool is this? Yes, Sweden rebuilt the wooden ship the Götheborg, using the same methodology at the time the original ship was built in .  It took 20 years until finally she was launched on her maiden voyage on Sweden’s National Day in 2003. It is now the largest wooden

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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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Swedish-money
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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