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Archive for January, 2009

Proper Swedish Pronunciation? Posted by on Jan 31, 2009

A couple of weeks ago, I think it was Daniel, who mentioned that he would like to know how Swedish should be pronounced. I have not responded right away, simply because I was thinking about what the proper answer should be. You see, there are as many ways to properly pronounce Swedish as there are…

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Yes, Sweden Is a Neutral Country Posted by on Jan 28, 2009

I am very behind when it comes to entertainment news in the US, and only today finally managed to catch up on the whole Jessica Alba hullabaloo. And even then, it was only thanks to a very astute reader who sent me the story. Thanks! You know who you are. What surprised me was just…

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When Daddies Take Care of Kids – Gender Equality Posted by on Jan 24, 2009

I am back from my Caribbean adventure and it was indeed lovely. We didn’t meet any Swedes along the way. Instead, we ran into two Norwegians while driving to Half Moon Bay in Antigua. So that was our Scandinavian connection for the week. It was an interesting trip, but the most interesting bit happened in…

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How to Make Questions Posted by on Jan 20, 2009

All this talk about how bad the economy is and how we are struggling in the midst of a serious recession, and guess who went on vacation? Anna did! When you read this post, I will be frolicking on the beaches of Antigua. Or maybe Barbuda. This year I decided not to use a Swedish…

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Sveriges ekonomi i kris Posted by on Jan 16, 2009

Recently people have been asking me how the global economic crisis is affecting Sweden. It seems to me that many foreigners are under the impression that a state with a cradle-to-grave welfare scheme should be immune from the worldwide tumble. Well, that impression is very mistaken. Welfare benefits don’t grow on trees, as some people…

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Jokkmokk marknad 2009 is almost here Posted by on Jan 14, 2009

As Gimena pointed out it’s almost time for the Sami market in Jokkmokk. And darn, this year I won’t be able to go. I went in 2005 when the market celebrated its 400-year anniversary, and let me tell you, it was really something. Unfortunately, I lost my camera that time… And finding a place to…

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Allt om reflexer Posted by on Jan 12, 2009

If you don’t mind, I’d like to continue with our little road safety awareness message. Today’s topic – reflectors. The kind you wear on your clothing. Now, don’t laugh! This is actually a serious matter. You think you’ve seen dark, but unless you’re from Alaska, you haven’t seen real dark. The kind of dark that…

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