All posts in "Swedish Gem"

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 […]


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 […]


Swedish Dads

By SwedishFreak / March 14, 2017

One of my favorite things about Sweden is that maternity leave is referred to paternity leave, because it is for both parents, not just mothers. One of Sweden’s photographers, Johan Bävman, is showing off the Swedish stay-at-home dads with his photo book “Swedish Dads”, which portrays 25 fathers who stay home with their children for 6 months. Check […]


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 Freaks’ Favorite Swedish Bands

By SwedishFreak / March 11, 2013

Recently I asked Swedish Freaks on our Facebook fan page to show off their favorite Swedish bands. It was a great turn out and I got a taste of some great Swedish music that I have not heard of before. That day I ended up listening to all of this Swedish music. So I wanted […]


Revolver Harry

By Thomas / January 2, 2013

A Real Life Law Enforcer from Sweden Do you know who Dirty Harry is? Of course you do. But I bet that you have no idea who Revolver Harry was, even though he, in contrast to Dirty Harry, was a real living and highly remarkable person. Here’s a sample of his achievements: In the 1920’s: […]


Swedish Art in Florida

By SwedishFreak / March 12, 2012

Recently I had a chance to be virtually acquainted with Åsa Lind Schrader, a Swede who has been living in Florida, USA for the last 9 years. How did she get there? Why, she met her great love of course! It seems that many of us can relate to moving to a completely different land […]


Swedish Gem: Veronica Maggio

By SwedishFreak / October 11, 2011

We have a very interesting project in my Swedish class. Basically we were given a Swedish artist to research, we must find a song, the lyrics, play it for the class and talk about the artist, all under 5 minutes. The artist I get to research is Veronica Maggio. She is pretty cool, from what […]

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