All posts in "Life in Sweden"

Swedishness Podcast Parental Leave in Sweden (episode 1)

By SwedishFreak / March 21, 2017

Sweden knows its awesomeness, and is ready to share it with the world!  Has been for awhile, with great sites like  This year the Swedish Institute has launched a new podcast called Swedishness. Here is a little information about the podcast: Together with co-host Philip O’Connor, an Irish journalist who has lived in Sweden for 18 […]


Start to Work Like a Swede

By SwedishFreak / January 20, 2017

Swedes are so awesome, they are willing to share their awesomeness with the rest of the world. The Swedish Part Model is a labor union model where workers and employers work together in order to optimize the labor force. I will let the website,, founded by a group of Swedish unions, explain the model itself. […]


The Dessert Sweden is Talking About

By SwedishFreak / January 17, 2017

What do you get when you cross a princesstårt and a semla? Why, a Princess Semla of course! A bakery in the town of Nässjö, Sweden (south of Stockholm) has come up with the semla (plural is semlor) of the year. (Don’t know what a semla is? Check out our amazing semlor recipe!) Everyone seems to […]


Ice Hotel Now Year Round

By SwedishFreak / December 10, 2016

The famous ice hotel I’ve heard about ever since I’ve heard about Sweden, it seems like.  The ICE Hotel is built ever year (since it was made out of ice) in the Swedish village of Jukkasjärvi.  It features not only rooms guests can sleep in (yes, made out of ice), but also has a famous ‘ice bar’ […]


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 […]


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 […]


Swedish Cheese Please!

By SwedishFreak / November 30, 2016

I love hearing from fellow Swedish Freaks! Jennifer writes: I am one of your subscribers and wondered if you knew about this cheese available on Amazon. My great grandparents and grandparents served this cheese when I was a child. There are different places to order it from but since you have an amazon food list […]


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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