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Swedish mystery no II Posted by on Aug 30, 2010

Moving on quickly from yummy pizza salads to something less edible but equally confusing. Swedish ATM’s (bankomat), or more specifically, the way you insert your card in a Swedish ATM. Oddly enough, up there this in done upside down (uppochner), with the magnetic strip up as seen on the picture if you look closely. Why…

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The mysterious Swedish pizza salad Posted by on Aug 27, 2010

While the rest of the world are occupied with solving the Stieg Larsson mysteries, I have found a mystery of my own.  It might be very insignificant and it probably doesn’t takes a hacker like Salander to solve it, but I would gladly have your take on it. Anyone ever had pizza in Sweden? If not, I can…

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Tallinn Posted by on Aug 26, 2010

The Estonian capital used to belong to the Swedish Empire between 1561–1721, after the Big Nordic War the Estonian and Livonian parts got under Russian rule and the rest is basically history. Walking around in Old Town (Toompea) you can see some traces of Swedish culture from the Swedish reign-period. Chruches like Svenska Kyrkan Sankt Mikael…

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Swedish Mysteries Across the Pond Posted by on Aug 25, 2010

A quick look at the New York Times Bestseller List (really any of the fiction lists) shows just how dominant the Stieg Larsson mysteries are right now.  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nets is number one on the hardcover list.  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire are…

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Förlora, Tappa, Mista Posted by on Aug 24, 2010

You guys have been asking what the difference is between these three verbs. Let me try to explain it in a nutshell for you. All these three verbs could be translated as “to lose”. Well all three verbs are near in meaning, but förlora and mista are closer synonyms. Förlora: You use the verb in cases where…

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Meatballs and beetroot sallad: A Swedish classic Posted by on Aug 20, 2010

As Marcus so rightfully pointed out here, Swedes loves condiments in tubes. Anything you can put in a tube goes in a tube, basically. I must admit, I can’t stand most of the tube stuff and if you come near me with a tube of Kalles kaviar, I might have to hit you hard. Even harder…

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The Rotting Month Posted by on Aug 19, 2010

Whaaaaat? There actually is a rotting month? Yepp! Sweden is the only country in the world to have a date in the calender warning its citizens about the start of the rotting. On either the 22nd, 23rd or 24th of July to either the 22nd, 23rd or 24th of August the calendars are marked with…

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