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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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Olympic Pump-Up Songs på svenska! Posted by on Aug 6, 2021

Blood pumping. Sweat dripping. Adrenaline on high. Olympic athletes are experiencing these things in abundance right now. But how do they get themselves in the zone to perform at such a high level? Lots of folks put their headphones on, bob their heads in time, and blare a great pump-up song. Music has been used…

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Corona Pups: Swedish Dog Vocabulary Posted by on Jul 9, 2021

Did you adopt a furry friend to keep you company during quarantine from COVID-19? You’re not alone. On average, Swedes registered 1,000 more dogs monthly compared to pre-pandemic. If you are a relatively new hundägare (dog owner), chances are you have been practicing commands while creating routines and boundaries for your newest family member. With…

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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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58 Swedes Sommarpratar for Iconic Radio Show Posted by on Jun 11, 2021

At one o’clock in the afternoon, when summer temperatures are at their highest, sun-loving Swedes take a respite and adjust the dial to Sommar i P1. Today, Sveriges radio announced the 58 Swedes who will narrate personal stories, reflections, dreams, and critiques with audiences this summer. Comedians, actors, composers, CEOs, songwriters, even an astronaut, and…

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