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7 Ways to Practice Swedish with the Olympic Games Posted by on Jul 30, 2021

On your marks, get set, GÅ! Right now, folks across the globe are tuning in to the 32nd Olympiad in Tokyo to watch their favorite elite athletes. Regardless of the broadcast language you’re listening to, Olympiska spelen or OS for short, is a great opportunity to grow your Swedish. Learn the competition names in Swedish…

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Summery Prose with Harry Martinson’s Juninatten Posted by on Jul 23, 2021

It’s July, almost August in fact. And although we’re technically over the Midsommar hump, I feel like summer only just arrived. Long days still fade into mild evenings and the sun sparkles gently as it sets into any of Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes. This week, I want to share a poem that captures that feeling. Juninatten…

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Tribute to Peps Persson: Swedish Blues and Reggae Legend Posted by on Jul 2, 2021

Swedish blues and reggae musician Peps Persson passed away earlier this week. Known for infusing social criticism with music, and doing so in excellent skånska, this Swedish music Hall of Famer was a legendary collaborator and ambassador for his genre. This week, we’ll pay tribute to Peps with some music and honor his southern Swedish…

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Riksdagen Drama: Non-Confidence Vote Vocab Posted by on Jun 25, 2021

Tensions rose earlier this week as the Swedish parliament made history. They voted to oust Stefan Löfven, current Prime Minister and party leader of the Social Democrats. The hot topic? Rent control. With only a few days left to plan his next move, and the Swedish government in a shaky position, what better time than…

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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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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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Volvo Offers Parental Leave for 40,000 Global Employees Posted by on Apr 16, 2021

Free daycare and education, state healthcare, and a whopping 480 days of parental leave. Say what?! The Nordic countries have long been shining examples of the welfare system with state-subsidized benefits aplenty. Sweden especially boasts that it’s one of the most family-friendly countries in the world due to its generous parental leave. Volvo has recently…

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