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famous-Swedes
Swedish Gem

Swedes do not have reputations for beating their own drums of glory. Rather than seek the limelight, Swedes are generally more fascinated by their work than by any honors or laurels that may be bestowed upon them. Even though they may not care about receiving kudos, we are not hesitant

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GeneralSwedish News

On March 30, 1926, Ingvar Kamprad was born on his family farm Elmtaryd in the local parish Agunnaryd. While this innocuous statement of fact appears to point to nothing of interest, if you add the initials of this child to the initials of his farm and nearby parish, you get

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Swedish mediaSwedish music

Melodifestivalen 2018 kicked off on Saturday night! Melodifestivalen is the music competition where Sweden picks the performer that will represent them at Eurovision in Lisbon this year. This year’s competition started in Karlstad with the first semi-final and will travel around different cities, with the final being held at Friend’s Arena in

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swedish proverbs products
New Products

A few weeks ago we added two new products to our shop! Now you can get a tote bag and mug with a bunch of Swedish proverbs! The tote bag is only $25 and is perfect for being green. Use this instead of a plastic bag at the grocery store. 

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Friends Arena
Life in Swedensports

People traveling to Europe don’t necessarily think of Sweden as being one of the premier destinations for watching football. Just last year, a prominent sports site ranked the most entertaining leagues in world football and made no mention of the Allsvenskan (which for those who aren’t aware is the top

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dag wiren
HistorySwedish GemSwedish music

If the name Dag Wirén doesn’t conjure up any melodies for you, do not feel bad. Outside of Sweden, not many people have treated themselves to (or been aware of) the musical creations of Dag Wirén. Collectors of modern and eclectic classical music most likely know his famed Serenade for

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top swedish movies
Swedish mediaSwedish movies

One of my favorite ways to learn Swedish is to watch Swedish films. Because I don’t live in the country, I have to actively search for what to watch (not many Swedish films are advertised here). So, I went ahead and asked on Swedish Freak’s Facebook page, what is your

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11 cool things to come out of Sweden
Sweden Awesomeness

Sweden is arguably one of the best places on Earth to eat, visit, and live. But the fact is that despite having a rich history and culture, Sweden is famous for the wrong things. Sure, Swedish meatballs are tasty and we’ve all been to IKEA or heard an ABBA song;

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Eva Ekeblad
History

Born July 10th, 1724, Eva Ekebald would have turn 293 years old today.  Google has taken to update their Doodle in honor of Countess Eva Ekeblad. Thank you Google for pointing out this amazing Swede! So what exactly did she do? Potatoes where introduced to Europe in 1658 by Spaniards,

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midsummer swedish sin
Swedish mediaSwedish podcast

What does March 22nd and the most famous Swedish holiday, midsummer, have in common? In this Swedishness podcast, Kattis and Phillip interview experts in Swedish tradition, as well as others to dive deeper into Swedes and this sexy holiday of theirs. As the description says: This celebration of sunlight and

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LA to Stockholm $500 or less?
Travel

No seriously. I booked my flight already, leaving on the 22nd (yes, this Saturday), and it cost me $550 including carry on luggage, some travel insurance, and a seat selected on the way home. I do have a hotel cost in Iceland on my way there of $70. I’m not

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Swedes-recycle-under-terrorist-threat
Life in SwedenSweden Awesomeness

Again, another reason why I love Sweden. Nothing stops Swedes from recycling. Absolutely nothing. Not even a terrorist attack. Someone pointed this thread out to me on Reddit with a video of Swedes recycling under the terrorist threat they recently had. A rough translation of the text (please Swedes, if I’m

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Swedish mediaSwedish podcast

Being one of the countries that embrace technology, it is no wonder that Sweden is known as the startup hub of Europe (think Spotify & Skype). In this episode of Swedishness, Kattis and Phillip interview experts in the Swedish startup arena to discover what the Swedish startup scene is all

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Do Swedes Actually Work
Swedish mediaSwedish podcast

Well yes! I actually find Swedes to be one of the most efficient types of people (think IKEA). But one may question when Swedes actually DO their work, as the Swedishness episode 5 podcast points out: Employees in Sweden get more paid holiday than nearly any other country in the

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Life in Swedenwork

After almost 5 years away from Sweden, I can’t stand it anymore! I want to find a job in Sweden. I’m ready to fika, take my shoes off at work, pay high taxes, and get 5 weeks paid vacation. Not only that, I’d love to go back to school and

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Worlds Oldest Free Press
Swedish mediaSwedish podcast

So what? Well, I suppose maybe young people may not appreciate free press and being able to say anything, including the truth. It seems that more and more the freedom of the press is being weighed down by untruths and bias that many are struggling to figure out what is

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Swedish flag mourning
Swedish News

Yesterday I was sad to wake up to the news that there was a terrorist attack in Sweden. Another truck attack. While we mourn for the lives lost, let us continue to live our everyday lives not in fear, but in love of one another. The Prime Minister of Sweden

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New Shop Items
GeneralSwedish Freak

Due to limited amount of time (don’t we all have that issue), I can only do so many things. I realized that the shop hasn’t been updated in forever (since Christmas). So I decided it was time to do a little design and update the shop! I’m excited about the new

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