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Archive for December, 2009

The Nobel banquet – Sweden’s equivalent to the Oscars. Posted by on Dec 11, 2009

Stockholm City Hall where the Nobel Banquet is held Reading time: 2 minutes I originally planned to publish Part II of the Swedish Christmas vocabulary film today, but Nobeldagen (the Nobel day) popped up yesterday and I could not avoid writing about it. Nobeldagen consists of a prize ceremony in the afternoon, followed by a…

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Sankta Lucia and Fire Hazards Posted by on Dec 10, 2009

On December 13th, Swedes will celebrate Saint Lucia, an Italian saint and martyr from the fourth century. Santa Lucia, as both the Saint and the day are known here in Sweden, will be venerated by a stereotypically blonde Swedish girl walking around with live candles on her head. She will be followed by girls in…

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Liseberg Posted by on Dec 9, 2009

The biggest amusement park (nöjespark) in the Nordic countries called Liseberg in Gothenburg. Liseberg has been a “must” (ett måste) for a lot of people during Christmas time. This park is not only for amusement, but they have a treffic theater ( en teater), a hotel and even an ice ring (en isbana) and also a several…

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Swedish Christmas words, Part 1 Posted by on Dec 8, 2009

Men dog eleven? Posted by on Dec 7, 2009

In these Google Translation times, the language missunderstandings are probably more and bigger than ever. A friend experienced this when he tried to translate a restaurant meny from Swedish to English and got the not very tempting result “dandruff fish” meaning “mjäll fisk” in Swedish, as in a fish that is very tender. NOT a fish served with flakes from the…

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Friday cosiness Posted by on Dec 5, 2009

There is a Swedish expression that completely has taken over TV-commercials, ads, magazines and people’s Facebook statuses around 4pm on Friday afternoon. Fredagsmys. Friday cosiness. This fredagsmys pretty much sums up everthing the Swedes want in a Friday night (fredagskväll) and I will make a brave statement here and claim that today, fredagsmys is more Swedish than a night out on the town getting…

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“The one who doesn’t remove the lint will die!” Posted by on Dec 4, 2009

Different cultures different food. Different countries, different way of thinking. Have you ever thought about how you can contribute to your own country’s cultural life? Well, the Swedish comedian David Batra, actually has. He had collected post-its for many years, from Swedish laundry rooms (tvättstuga) all across Sweden, which later led him publishing this fantastic…

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