Ingvar Kamprad, IKEA Founder, Dies at 91

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 … Read more

New Shop Items

Swedish Freak Shop Update

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 designs that have come out … Read more

Will Sweden be run by robots?

Swedishness Podcast: Will Sweden Be First to Be Run by Robots? (episode 2)

Swedishness is the newly released podcast from SI, Swedish Institute. Last time Kattis Ahlström and her co-host and Swedish resident for 12 years, Philip O’Connor, discussed parental leave in Sweden.

This time they discuss the point to which Swede’s adapt to technology. They are already headed to be the first cashless country. Now robots?

Kattis and Philip interview Amy Loutfi, a Canadian professor in AI and robotics who specializes in human-robot interaction at Örebro University and Andreas Ekström, a journalist at Swedish daily Sydsvenskan, and an advocate for digital equality.

What do you think? Share your thoughts below!

God jul coupon 2016

Black Friday Sale at Swedish Freak

Excited to announce a black Friday sale at our online store.  I recently just created new God Jul items for this year. Use the coupon code “God Jul 2016” at check out and get 10% off your entire purchase! Sale ends on November 30th, 2016, which is the shipping date you want for the items … Read more

The Great Trump Escape

Escape Trump, Move to Sweden

Everyone seems to be surprised about what happened on Tuesday. That is ok. If you want to escape Trump, there is at least one Swedish company willing to help. A Swedish advertising company, Round & Round, based in Stockholm, has put up a website called “The Great Trump Escape.” Since 1/4 of Americans would consider moving outside … Read more

Pray for Brussels

What is going on in Sweden and Europe?

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. I’m the first to admit, I avoid a lot of this negative stuff. I don’t … Read more

Swedish Viking Costume

7 Halloween Costumes for a Swedish 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 Warrior Nothing says Sweden like … Read more