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Archive for March, 2009

Immigration to Sweden – A Few Thoughts Posted by on Mar 28, 2009

Last time we talked about Swedish emigration to the US, but what about foreign immigration to Sweden? This is a subject that everybody has an opinion about and when discussing those opinions, tempers can run high, even among normally very reserved Swedes. I don’t know if as an immigrant myself, I should be even discussing…

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Vilhelm Moberg and Swedish Emigration to the US Posted by on Mar 25, 2009

A couple of days ago I stumbled upon the Immigration Explorer on The New York Times website and I’m ashamed to admit, I’ve been playing with it like a little kid since. A few things surprised me, though. One – that the Norwegian and Swedish data have been divided into two groups. Why is it…

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Vernal Equinox (vårdagjämning) and Seasons in Swedish Posted by on Mar 21, 2009

I’m really happy today. Springtime is here. Well, at least officially, because you wouldn’t know it from looking out the window. And while I’m not a fan of vår (spring) – too much rain and mud for my liking, I am a huge fan of vårdagjämning. vårdagjämning (def. vårdagjämningen) – den tidpunkt under våren då…

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When a Short, Sharp Intake of Breath Means “Yes” Posted by on Mar 19, 2009

My friend had to go to the doctor the other day, and afterwards, when we were having fika, he said: “wow, I guess I’m seriously sick. The doctor was making those scared little noises at pretty much everything I told her.” As you can very easily guess, my friend is an expat and hasn’t been…

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Swedish Entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 Posted by on Mar 16, 2009

I didn’t post about it yesterday, because I had to think about what to say. But there’s really no avoiding it, even a day later – I really don’t like the song that Sweden is sending to the Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow in May. And the song is “La voix” sung by Malena Ernman…

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Swenglish eller svengelska? Posted by on Mar 14, 2009

One of the commenters mentioned my funny English recently and that actually was a very good thing. As any expat who’s been living for a long time in a non-English speaking country can tell you, this is bound to happen. Sooner or later, your English will start deteriorating. And the funniest thing is, you might…

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Kiruna stadsflytt – Where They Really Move Houses Posted by on Mar 12, 2009

And I mean “move houses” in more ways than one. They are literally planning to move the entire city center to a new location. Historical houses will be taken apart, moved and put back together in their new locations. Some buildings will be demolished, either fully or partially, and then replaced with new, or partly…

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