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Archive for December, 2009

The day before the dipping day Posted by on Dec 23, 2009

Christmas Eve is not only known as julafton in Swedish, it is also known as the Dipping Day (Dopparedagen). And although we are Vikings and quite fond of our winter baths, this name has nothing to do with dipping in the ice cold sea. No, the name Dopparedagen comes from a very old tradition of…

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Gothenburgian epidemic to strike Sweden Posted by on Dec 22, 2009

Before you’d start running to your GP for another injection let me console you that this epidemy although contagious isn’t a lethal one. Guys, it’s gonna be a long one this time! And there’s a part two and a part three coming up in the near future. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Konstepedemin (The Epidemic of Art):…

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Santa for hire Posted by on Dec 21, 2009

Most people enjoy Christmas immensely and for young children one of the most exciting event is getting Christmas gift (julklappar) from Santa. In Sweden Christmas is celebrated on the 24th as in many other European countries, which many of you might already know. Santa (Tomten) comes to families’ houses around 4 PM and personally hands out the presents…

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Hangover anxiety, anyone? Posted by on Dec 18, 2009

It’s a well known fact that Swedish is influenced by English. Unfortunately, this relationship does not work both ways. Apart from smorgasbord and ombudsman, there’s not much Swedish influences in general English (apart from in Scottish, but that’s a whole different post). But Swedish is full of great words that pretty much speak for themselves and words that…

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Biking in the Dark in Sweden Posted by on Dec 17, 2009

December 21st  is the shortest day of the year. The winter solstice (vintersolståndet). In Stockholm, the sun is supposed to rise at 8:44 am and set at 2:49 pm. In Umeå, way up north, the sun is supposed to rise at 9:21 am and set at 1:46 pm. I say supposed to because the 21st is still…

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