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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.”
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.)
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
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
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
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?).
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
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
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
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.