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St. Lucia Didn’t Have a Cat, but Xmas Is Coming

By Thomas / November 13, 2018

Or maybe she had – there’s no record of it, so we don’t really know. Lucia was killed in Syracuse in the year of 304, that is 1714 years ago. In Catholic countries, she has been revered as a saint on December 13, since the fifth century. In Sweden – which is not Catholic – […]

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Lucia for Dummies

By SwedishFreak / December 4, 2016

One thing I absolutely love about the Swedish government is how informative they are about Sweden! In researching a bit about St Lucia, I found a video that gives you the breakdown you need for Lucia in Sweden. AKA, Lucia for Dummies!  I’m glad I watched it too, because I was forgetting something important.  What is needed […]

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Lucia Morning in Sweden

By SwedishFreak / December 2, 2016

In our monthly newsletter, I usually feature a product of the month.  I thought I would go into a little bit more detail this month and create a blog post out of it! This month we are looking at the children’s book “Lucia Morning in Sweden“. It tells the story of 3 children living in […]

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Gävle Goat Burns Again

By SwedishFreak / November 29, 2016

Gävle’s famous Christmas goat just celebrated it’s 50th anniversary.  Sadly, overnight, it was burned down by arsonists over night.  Watch the reaction of a Swedish news program as they report the breaking news (in Swedish! Time to practice your Swedish!) This isn’t the first time either! Of the 50 years the Gävle goat has been built, […]

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10 Ways To Celebrate Midsummer Like A Swede

By SwedishFreak / June 18, 2015

Midsommer is one of the best holidays to be in Sweden for. If you don’t know what Midsummer is or haven’t experienced it, watch the video above. In 4 minutes you will get exactly what Midsummer is for Swedes. I miss Midsummer immensely, so here are 10 things you can do to bring Midsummer to […]

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My Gothenburg Christmas Delight

By Guest Blogger / January 22, 2014

From what I had heard and read, Sweden is a country of innovation. Just take Ikea for example. A furniture business that not only sells their wares disassembled for convenience, production value and price point but excites people to master the skill of carpentry with little more than a pack of screws and a pictorial […]

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How will you make your Halloween more Swedish?

By SwedishFreak / October 16, 2013

I have fond memories of my time in Sweden, especially my two Halloween parties. Yes, they were big enough to make a splash in the local newspaper, but what was really fun was to see all my Swedish friends dress up and really celebrate this holiday all out. I remember prepping for the holiday with […]

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Happy Walpurgis Night!

By SwedishFreak / April 30, 2013

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 year, celebrate it well! What […]

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