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Archive for August, 2010

Swedish Pirates Spring a Leak Posted by on Aug 18, 2010

With the Swedish elections coming up, the Pirate Party is making news.  International news. The Pirate Party was founded in Sweden in 2006.  Since then, it has made news by working to overhaul copyright laws while also calling for government transparency.  The party has come so far as to have two representative elected to the…

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Sweden – the third best country to live in Posted by on Aug 17, 2010

Alright, if you would have asked me, I might have given us a gold medal, but according to the US magazine Newsweek’s investigation published today, Sweden is the third best country to live in in the whole wide world. Not bad, right? Newsweek have evaluated 100 countries based on five categories: health, economic dynamism, education, political…

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107 Swedish dialects – all in one place Posted by on Aug 13, 2010

We had some friends around for dinner last night. One of them is going to Sweden for a work exchange in a few weeks time and she kindly asked me to teach her something typically Swedish. Of course, I took my task seriously and I decided to teach her  how to drink aquavit Swedish style, drinking songs included… An…

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Way out West Posted by on Aug 12, 2010

One of the biggest Swedish live festival kicks off today in Gothenburg in Slottskogen. This event puts once again Gothenburg on the Nordic map because of its international guests. The lineup is usually very mixed and up-to-date. The only negativity is the price of the ticket (140 Euros for adults and 105 Euros for people under 18). That…

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Kalles Kaviar Posted by on Aug 11, 2010

Swedes love condiments in tubes.  They might not admit to it, but just trust me.  A trip to any Swedish grocery store will confirm this.  Entire sections are filled with tubed condiments.  Ketchup. Mustard. Mayonnaise.  Ham flavored spreadable cheese.  They’ve got it all. But one tubed condiment stands above the rest.  Kalles Kaviar. Kalles Kaviar…

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Allsång – a Swedish summer tradition Posted by on Aug 10, 2010

There are a few essentials you must experience during a traditional Swedish summer. In my opinion, you can’t leave the country before you have been to a proper  midsummer party with the “Little Frog”-dance, seen the midnight sun, tried our new potatoes with sourcream and chives, sung one drinking song on a crazy crayfish party and –…

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The secular Sweden Posted by on Aug 9, 2010

In public Swedish school children do not study religion more than the basics of Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Christianity and very shortly about Buddhism, comparing and contrasting the differences between them. No preference can be made by the teacher to which religion is more superior or better. The point of the subject is to equip the…

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