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Musikblogg: Swedish – Icelandic Collabo for Oscars Posted by on May 6, 2021

Whales, commercial fishing, northern lights, and a parody film based on the Eurovision song contest. All of these things are connected to the small town of Húsavík in northern Iceland, but the latter is garnering some extra attention after last week’s Oscars. Swedish pop goddess Molly Sandén performed the song “Húsavík (My Hometown),” nominated for…

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The Swedish Kitchen Series: Grillfest Posted by on Apr 29, 2021

The snow’s gone, the trees are starting to bud, vaccines are rolling out, kan vi ha en grillfest nu då?! A grillfest is the Swedish equivalent of a barbecue. With the Swedish spring festival Valborg happening this week, you can bet that Swedes will be christening their grills for the season. This week we’ll pay…

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11 Swedish Slang Words and Their Meanings Posted by on Apr 23, 2021

Mastering slang in your foreign language is not always smooth sailing. Use it well and you’ll impress native speakers. Use a word incorrectly and you risk being misunderstood, or maybe even embarrassing yourself a little bit… but wouldn’t you say that also just comes with the territory of navigating the deep waters of language learning?…

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Volvo Offers Parental Leave for 40,000 Global Employees Posted by on Apr 16, 2021

Free daycare and education, state healthcare, and a whopping 480 days of parental leave. Say what?! The Nordic countries have long been shining examples of the welfare system with state-subsidized benefits aplenty. Sweden especially boasts that it’s one of the most family-friendly countries in the world due to its generous parental leave. Volvo has recently…

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Celebrating Swedish bibliotek for National Library Week Posted by on Apr 9, 2021

It’s National Library Week in the U.S. so this post is dedicated to the Swedish bibliotek! We’ll begin by reviewing some helpful nouns and verbs for visiting the library, discover how public libraries work in Sweden, and highlight Kungliga biblioteket, the National Library of Sweden. If you’re expecting a demure post this week because of…

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Swedish Music Trivia – April Fools’ Edition!  Posted by on Apr 2, 2021

In April’s Fools Day spirit, we’re going to have a little fun with today’s music blog post. One of my favorite memories of living in Sweden was gathering with friends for a round Musikquiz (Music Trivia) at our local pub. So today, we’re going to play a version of Swedish music trivia in the style of …

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Waffle Day featuring Nordic Food Geek Patrice Johnson Posted by on Mar 26, 2021

Crispy and crunchy on the outside, soft in the middle, the waffle is a triumph. It’s no wonder that Scandinavians pay homage to this breakfast-meets-lunch delicacy with its own holiday, Våffeldagen! For today’s blog, we’ll learn the linguistically mixed-up origins of Våffeldagen OCH grab some waffle-inspo from the Nordic Food Geek herself, Patrice Johnson. She…

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