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    7 Swedes That Shine Internationally

    By Ray St Jonn / February 9, 2018

    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 about sharing their accomplishments and […]

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    Ingvar Kamprad, IKEA Founder, Dies at 91

    By Ray St Jonn / February 7, 2018

    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 IKEA. Ingvar Kamprad was the […]

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    Dag Wirén: National Swedish Treasure

    By Ray St Jonn / December 16, 2017

    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 Strings, Op. 11, although he […]