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Swedish Jews Observe Yom Kippur Posted by on Sep 16, 2021

Yom Kippur, is considered the holiest day of the Jewish calendar year. A day of atonement, fasting, and prayer, emphasis is placed on individual reflection and atonement in preparation for the year to come. It’s estimated that 15,000-20,000 Jews live in Sweden, and because even secular Jews tend to celebrate Jom kippur, as it’s spelled…

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Västerbottensost Pie: Kräftskiva’s BFF Posted by on Aug 27, 2021

My first ever kräftskiva was at the end of August. I fumbled through learning to eat the small, briney, dilly kräftor watching my Swedish family crack and slurp. Although crayfish are the reason for the party, the side dishes are often the stars. My kräftskiva debut was also my first time eating Västerbottensostpaj, a beloved, cheesy…

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Celebrate Pride with Swedish Queer Vocabulary Posted by on Jun 18, 2021

June is recognized as Pride Month all around the world. With Sweden’s long progressive stance on gay rights, it’s no surprise that Swedes host more Pride celebrations per capita than any country in the world. From rainbow-painted park benches and crosswalks in cities like Malmö and Göteborg to the Stockholm Pride parade drawing half a…

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7 Swedish Summer Tunes Posted by on Jun 4, 2021

Sveriges nationaldag (Sweden’s National Day) is this weekend.  A sea of blue and yellow flags, and a chorus of Du gamla, du fria will ring out on June 6, live from the National Day celebration in Stockholm. But for me, nationaldagen is my cue that summer is in full swing. There’s something about the first…

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8% of Swedes Celebrate Religious Festival Eid Posted by on May 14, 2021

Over 800,000 Swedish Muslims are celebrating the end of the fasting month Ramadan with the religious celebration Eid al-Fitr. Although Covid-protocols have put a damper on celebrations this year, we’ll honor Eid with this post and learn why it’s one of the most important happenings for over 8% of the Swedish population, and Muslims globally…

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