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Backman’s Latest: Anxious People Posted by on Jan 21, 2022

January is an ideal month for both bokmalar (bookworms) and sträcktittare (binge watchers), and if you identify as either, this post is for you! By now, you may have heard of the New York Times bestselling Swedish author Fredrik Backman. His debut novel, En man som heter Ove (A Man Called Ove), became an international…

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Popular Swedish Ski Towns Posted by on Jan 14, 2022

Skidorter (ski towns) dot the Swedish countryside, providing endless opportunities for skiers and snowboarders to enjoy the winter weather. Spanning from just a few miles outside of Stockholm to riksgränsen at the northern border, it’s easy to catch a train and hit the slopes for the weekend, or plan a longer skidsemester with the family…

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New Year’s Resolutions with Sarah Dawn Finer Posted by on Jan 7, 2022

Hej från 2022! Exciting things are in store for you, Swedish blog fans. Not only is this the first post of the new year, it’s also music-themed. January in Minnesota is a lot like it is in Sweden. It’s a quiet, reflective time – it’s cold, it’s dark, and we’re all slowly recovering from the…

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Corona Bubble and Doomsday Scrolling – New Swedish Word List for 2021 Posted by on Dec 31, 2021

At the end of each year, Språkrådet and Språktidningen collaborate to release a Swedish nyordslista – new word list! These new entries to the Swedish language typically reflect social trends, movements, cultural phenomena, and disasters. Unfortunately, 2021’s nyordslista is a spitting image of the strange and stressful year we’ve endured – half of the words…

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Swedish Jul – A Christian Tradition with Pagan Roots Posted by on Dec 24, 2021

Swedish jul (Christmas) is more a cultural fixture than a religious observation. Its roots connect to the pagan Yuletide season, centered around the winter solstice – the Christian celebration of Jesus Christ’s birth came later. This week, we’ll discuss how modern Swedish jul tells the story of shared historical and religious practices. Roots of Yule…

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Expand and Explore with Swedish Word of the Day Posted by on Dec 17, 2021

“Work on your Swedish every day. Just thinking about your last class or current vocabulary list can help with your Swedish studies. Ask yourself, can I name all the clothing items I’m wearing? Can I describe all the activities I see while I’m out and about?” Your Swedish instructors are probably constantly suggesting study tips…

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Magdalena Andersson is Sweden’s First Woman Prime Minister Posted by on Dec 10, 2021

In, then out, then in again! After a political rollercoaster that lasted nearly a week, it’s official: Magdalena Andersson is Sweden’s first woman to serve as prime minister. Why did she resign almost instantly after being selected to lead the government? This week’s post will clear that up.  I’ll introduce this topic in English and…

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