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The Swedish welfare state Posted by on Oct 26, 2016


In the world outside of Sweden and the Nordic countries, there is a common understanding that Sweden is very “left-wing” in the sense that it is very much a welfare state. The common belief is that government subsidies land in the hands of private people on a regular basis, and that high taxes are required…

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Swedish Pokémon Hunters Posted by on Sep 26, 2016


Are you into the new sensation Pokémon-Go? Well in Sweden just as in other countries the number of Pokémon-hunters are huge. The representant of the Social Democrats Monica Green tweeted a picture of a a pokemon she spotted behind Prince Daniel during the PM’s (statsminister) Stefan Löfven’s speech at the opening ceremony of the House of…

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Vikings, Verbs, and Very Old Swedish Posted by on Sep 23, 2016


“De gingo i land och kommo genast i strid med ställets innebyggare, som bodde tätt här” [They went ashore and immediately came in conflict with the inhabitants, who lived close together here], writes Frans G. Bengtsson in his novel Röde Orm about a Viking named Red Serpent. But what’s the deal with those weird verb…

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Way out West Posted by on Aug 31, 2016

The Way Out West music festival is one of the biggest events in Gothenburg and also in Sweden. Gothenburg will constantly do things differently than the capital. Sometimes it succeeds sometimes it’s less of an accomplishment. The line-up is fancier and fancier every year and the rumors tell that the management organizing probably the festival…

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Monica Zetterlund – Trubbel (with English subs) Posted by on Aug 29, 2016

Monica Zetterlund, born Eva Monica Nilsson, was a Swedish singer who mostly recorded jazz work. She began by learning the classic jazz songs from radio and records. She didn’t know the language and what they sang about in English but because of her strong will and hard work, she put her had to it. She was…

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