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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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boat-house-red
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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Ikea Phoenix
Piece of Sweden

I miss Sweden. I’ll be the first to admit it. The little things, the food, and I only lived in the country for 2 years! Well, I know Ikea has some awesome Swedish things. But I am not a fan of Ikea. I don’t like the maze they make you

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jubel
General

2013 Ice Hockey World Championship This year’s Ice Hockey World Championships were held in Stockholm and Helsinki (arranged in cooperation by Sweden and Finland). Those of you who are interested in ice hockey have of course followed the reports from the games, many of you with despair and raised eyebrows.

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horgalaten
General

The hambo is a traditional dance with origin in the 19th century. It is a couple dance in ¾ time; the music has a strong accent on the first beat and a tempo that varies from moderate to fast (100 to 120 beats per minute). The hambo is a dance

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Dalecarlian_horse
History

SwedishFreak’s condensed Swedish history continues today with the sixth and final episode. The internationally most noticed incidents during the last 40 years in Sweden is undoubtedly the murder of Prime Minister Olof Palme, and the murder of Anna Lindh, Minister of Foreign Affairs. Officially, both incidents are explained as impulsive,

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valborg
holidaysLife in Sweden

Ahhhhh! Spring is here! Officially! Because you can’t have spring without a bonfire… Read more about Walpurgis Night, or Valborgsmässoafton, and how it came about in Sweden. Remember to grill some sausages on the bonfire or bake some Swedish pinnbröd on a stick! Whatever you do to celebrate spring this

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springflowers
Life in SwedenPiece of Swedenspring

Within the next two or three weeks, thousands and thousands of spectators will attend an age-old event which just recently started to become a public spectacle: the spring release of the cattle. Many of today’s children in the cities have never seen a cow and believe that milk in square

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swedeearth-logo
General

Earth Day is next Monday! Wow, that went so quickly! I’m still looking for folks to help us inspire people to love the earth through Sweden. The event is simple. Invite friends and family to a pot luck in your home, at a local community house, or in a park

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Sweden
Generalspring

Between the Powers of East and West By the middle of April, spring has usually arrived in the southern half of Sweden, garnishing roadsides with yellow sun-like flowers of tussilago (coltsfoot, Tussilago Farfara), filling meadows and clearings with vitsippor (wood anemones, Anemone Nemorosa), and spotlike occurences of the increasingly rare

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Adalen
History

Entering The 20th Century SwedishFreak’s condensed Swedish history continues today with the fifth episode; all and all there will be six episodes. The 20th century started with two World Wars; Sweden managed to stay out of both, and has therefore been critized for cowardry. But in retrospect, with all facts

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drying clothes
General

A dryer is something that I grew up with in California, and I didn’t ever imagine that one could go without it. How else would you dry your clothes? Well in Europe, and in Sweden, drying clothes one doesn’t necessarily use a drier. Usually you hang them to dry outside

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Another Swedish Witch
holidaysLife in Sweden

The Swedish word for Easter – Påsk – has it’s origin from the hebrew “Pesach” meaning “Passover”. In Sweden it is considered to be a christian holiday but have, in reality, become a mix of chirstian and old folklore traditions.An example of this is Easter budles of birchtwigs that we

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Happy Easter
Life in Sweden

May you have an Easter full of godis no matter where you are in the world! /Missfoster

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Happy Waffle Day
holidaysLife in Sweden

Yes, there is a day devoted to Waffle’s in Sweden. March 25th, which is today! So from me to you… I had a head start and made some Swedish waffles yesterday. Feel free to try our recipe out for yourself! Our great friend and awesome contributor Thomas has also buffed

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