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    Hilary lived two years in Norrland, Sweden (Northern Sweden) and fell in love with the country. She lives in Prague, Czechia and hopes to one day soon return to Sweden.


    Swedish Countess Eva Ekeblad

    By SwedishFreak / July 10, 2017

    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, from the Andes in South […]


    Swedishness Podcast: Midsummer and the Swedish sin (episode #7)

    By SwedishFreak / April 25, 2017

    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 summer is famed for its […]


    Fly to Stockholm from LA for $500 or less?

    By SwedishFreak / April 20, 2017

    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 crying about it though. So […]


    Swedes Recycle Under Full Terrorist Threat

    By SwedishFreak / April 19, 2017

    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 wrong, correct me): When someone […]


    Swedishness Podcast: The Swedish Start Up Scene (episode #6)

    By SwedishFreak / April 18, 2017

    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 about.


    Swedishness Podcast: Do Swedes Actually Do Any Work? (episode 5)

    By SwedishFreak / April 14, 2017

    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 world – a guaranteed minimum […]


    Where To Look For a Job in Sweden

    By SwedishFreak / April 12, 2017

    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 get my master’s. If I […]


    Swedishness Podcast: The World’s Oldest Free Press (episode 4)

    By SwedishFreak / April 11, 2017

    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 real and what isn’t. I […]


    Attack in Sweden: Flags at Half Mass

    By SwedishFreak / April 8, 2017

    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 released this statement yesterday: Today […]

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