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Archive for September, 2009

Swedish Photoblogs Posted by on Sep 30, 2009

I realized that we are long overdue for a classic picture post, because we haven’t had our fill of images from beautiful Sweden lately. But then I thought that we might as well try something different this time. Instead of looking at my lame attempts at photography, I decided to share with you a couple…

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Vegans, Vegetarians and Organic Food Posted by on Sep 27, 2009

Is it easy to be a vegetarian in Sweden? While I admit, I am a dedicated dead flesh eater, I think that when it comes to vegetarianism, Sweden is a very accommodating country. At least that’s been my experience when hosting and catering for vegetarian friends. Almost every restaurant, and even the tiniest sandwich shop…

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The Genitive Posted by on Sep 24, 2009

I think I wrote about it before, but probably last year. And since the question keeps coming back, it might be worth to revisit the genitive. You see, as far as nouns go, and compared to other European languages (Finnish immediately comes to mind here), Swedish is very simple indeed. It has only one case…

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Hats Off to Skatteverket – a happy tax story Posted by on Sep 21, 2009

Tax authorities normally don’t put big, happy smiles on people’s faces. Rather the opposite reaction is common. Skatteverket is not exception. Most people (yes, even in Sweden) grumble about taxes. And foreigners positively get a shock when they see their yearly Swedish income statements for the first time and see how much tax was deducted…

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Why Do We Learn Swedish? Posted by on Sep 18, 2009

“Why bother learning Swedish?” someone asked me recently. “Everybody in Sweden speaks perfect English,” the person continued, “so what’s the point?” Hmmm… yeah, really? It’s true that one of the first things that a visitor to Sweden will notice is that almost everyone speaks English here. Maybe not perfect English, but English that is easily…

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Is Driving in Sweden Stressful? (I don’t think so!) Posted by on Sep 15, 2009

After reading the blog post about buying a car in Sweden, one of the readers (who also happens to be my good friend) sent me an email ranting about how frustrated and stressed she is when it comes to driving in Sweden. I emailed her back saying that she had no clue what she was…

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Position and Direction continued Posted by on Sep 12, 2009

A couple of posts back we were talking about those little words that denote such important things as position and direction. Boring stuff, yes I know, but very useful nonetheless. So today let’s continue in the same vein and discuss här and där. And hit and dit. You see, in English, it’s all the same…

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