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Archive for August, 2009

Buying a Car in Sweden Posted by on Aug 31, 2009

A few days ago one of the readers of this blog asked a question about car dealers in Sweden. He wanted to know whether they are as pushy and obnoxious as their American counterparts. That’s a very good question, but I am not sure whether I am the right person to answer it. Why? I’m…

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Dem Pesky Personal Pronouns Posted by on Aug 26, 2009

The other day I got an email asking me to clarify which form of the third person plural personal pronoun (that would be the Swedish equivalent of “they” in English) was correct. The question, of course, was about “de” and “dom”. Hmmm… it’s an interesting question. Both of those words are pronounced the same –…

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The End of Apoteket (well, almost) Posted by on Aug 24, 2009

If all goes well, very soon you’ll be able to buy over the counter and prescription medications at your local ICA supermarket! Yay! I’d say it’s about time! You see, until July 1st of this year, Sweden was one of the very few countries left in the world with a state-controlled pharmacy monopoly. That has…

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Fun Places in Sweden – Öland Posted by on Aug 21, 2009

If you read with some regularity what I write here on this blog, you might have gotten the impression my most favorite places in Sweden are all in the north. True, many of them are, but not all. Take Öland, for example. Definitely not in the north. In fact, as far as Sweden goes, it’s…

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What’s the deal with själv? Posted by on Aug 16, 2009

I was talking to an American gal who teaches Swedish (in the US) the other day and there was one thing she said that just stopped me dead in my tracks. And that was “själv is a reflexive pronoun.” What? Please don’t tell me this is what teachers of Swedish in the US tell their…

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Study in Sweden Posted by on Aug 14, 2009

Every so often somebody asks me about studying in Sweden. And my first response is “yeah, what about it?” But lately, the questions have become a lot more specific. Namely, one question – “Is university level education still free in Sweden?” And the answer is – at public universities, yes it is. That alone is…

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Driving and Driver’s Licenses in Sweden, part 1 Posted by on Aug 11, 2009

So, let’s say you’ve been living in Stockholm, or in another big city for a while. You don’t own a car, because a) public transport is excellent, and b) you ride your bicycle pretty much everywhere pretty much year round. But then your sambo announces that he/she got a job in the sticks. And so…

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