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Archive for October, 2016

Allhelgona Posted by on Oct 31, 2016

Allhelgona, Alla helgons dag, All Saints Day, Halloween. But what is the difference between the names? We like to celebrate in general in Sweden. We are really good at it. I mean really good. New Year’s Eve (Nyårsafton), Fettisdagen (The Fat Tuesday), Walpurgis Eve (Valborgsmässoafton), Våffeldagen (Waffle Day), Midsummer (Midsommar), Cray Fish Party (Kräftskiva), The…

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To survive the Swedish autumn and winter Posted by on Oct 26, 2016

When you move to Sweden from another country you might find the Swedish autumn very cosy during the first years, especially when it is good weather. It is not really the dark or the cold that it’s hard to deal with- because as people say over here: Det finns inget dåligt väder bara dåliga kläder…

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The Swedish welfare state Posted by on Oct 24, 2016

In the world outside of Sweden and the Nordic countries, there is a common understanding that Sweden is very “left-wing” in the sense that it is very much a welfare state. The common belief is that government subsidies land in the hands of private people on a regular basis, and that high taxes are…

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