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Archive for April, 2013

Kosläpp in Sweden Posted by on Apr 25, 2013

You might have heard strange rumors that everybody in Sweden drinks milk. Even adults. This is actually true. We have cow milk drinkers, soja milk drinkers, rice milk drinkers, oat milk drinkers and many more as well. Most students drink milk with their school lunches, and for the students who are lacto-intolerant there are special…

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Every Other Hippo is Swedish (And Other Useful Frequency Terms) Posted by on Apr 23, 2013

There are some phrases in foreign languages that are just good to know. Hello (hej), good bye (hej då) thanks (tack), where is the bathroom (var är toaletten), every other hippo is Swedish (varannan flodhäst är svensk), you know, the usual. But within those useful terms are some things that can be tricky, like frequency…

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The many uses of the preposition “av” Posted by on Apr 19, 2013

Some of our readers have requested a post about the Swedish preposition av, so here it is! The word has many uses, among them what is expressed by English “of”. This is, however, far from always the case, and “of” can also be expressed by other Swedish prepositions, depending on what the speaker means to…

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The IKEA concept Posted by on Apr 11, 2013

Marcus wrote a great post about IKEA a couple of months ago, check that out here: IKEA furniture – cultural differences? I’d like to continue with a slightly different side to IKEA. First of all, the IKEA concept is an interesting one, very align with the Swedish equality mentality. Everybody should be able to furnish…

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Robin Stjernberg wins Melodifestivalen Posted by on Apr 2, 2013

By now this is relatively old news, but it is certainly still relevant! This year, Sweden will send Robin Stjernberg, winner of this year’s Melodifestivalen, to Malmö, a city in the very south of Sweden, with his song You to perform in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. For those of you who are unaware, the…

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