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Melodifestivalen 2018 Kicks Off in Karlstad, Sweden

By SwedishFreak / February 4, 2018

Melodifestivalen 2018 kicked off on Saturday night! Melodifestivalen is the music competition where Sweden picks the performer that will represent them at Eurovision in Lisbon this year. This year’s competition started in Karlstad with the first semi-final and will travel around different cities, with the final being held at Friend’s Arena in Stockholm. How does Melodifestivalen work? […]

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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 […]

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Top Swedish Films Recommended by Swedish Freaks

By SwedishFreak / December 10, 2017

One of my favorite ways to learn Swedish is to watch Swedish films. Because I don’t live in the country, I have to actively search for what to watch (not many Swedish films are advertised here). So, I went ahead and asked on Swedish Freak’s Facebook page, what is your favorite Swedish film? And I […]

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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 […]

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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.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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

By SwedishFreak / March 28, 2017

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 […]

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