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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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Sweden-runs-out-of-trash
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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Swedish-Wedding
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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largest-wooden-sailing-ship
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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give-blood-get-text
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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giant-fish-norrland
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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