Archive for the ‘culture’ Category

Midsummer {Midsommar}, was this past Friday. It is a national holiday hailed as the first day of summer and a reason to eat fish and get wasted. It is also, for the uninitiated, a very crazy day. I didn’t want to spoil the fun for those of you who celebrated your first midsommar this past […]

It’s over. The greatest hangover of the year that lasts a week. Eurovision. 2013. A reprise to 2014. Thank god, I need 200 days to recouperate before Sweden’s Melodiefestivalen attacks my eyes and ears like the zombie virus of bad singing and fashion. For now, let’s visit the worst of Eurovision fashion from last week. […]

This year’s Lakritsfestivalen is right around the corner. After stuffing myself sill last year, I wanted to pass the torch on to someone who loves licorice but hates to admit it. Let me introduce you to Maja, a veritable Swedish girl, who is a fantastic cook and licorice expert. She will be blogging about the […]

Språkrådet, the Swedish Language Council, issues a list of new words every year that officially enter the Swedish language. Some of them make sense, some are just silly, but most are related to pop culture. When I was reading the list over the weekend, my husband and I were laughing over the word ogooglebar. It […]

Like anyone living in a foreign country, you eventually get used to things. Some things just remain a nuisance while others are accepted as cultural idiosyncrasies. Now that I have been here for a few years, I have come to terms with a lot of things. Some aspects drive me crazy (more on that later) […]

For all that Swedes complain about the winter, weather, and rain, Sweden is one of the happiest places on Earth. And so is Finland, Norway, and Denmark. Our saddest little neighbor, Iceland, is only the 15th happiest place on Earth. Overall, the Nordic region is one happy family and Scandinavia is Disneyland in real life. […]

Last night Lance Armstrong, the once king of cycling, was on a special Oprah interview to discuss doping and his problems. Or something like that. This has nothing to do with Sweden, but sports and doping affects everyone. And we, as fans and admirers, end up feeling betrayed and angry over years of denial by […]

In the United States, extreme right wing pundits and “pastors” freak out every year over the war on Christmas. Say, “happy holidays” to a stranger? That’s ignoring Christmas at the cost of being politically correct! Write “Seasons Greetings” on your annual holiday card? That’s hating on Christianity! Say “Happy Hanukah” to your Jewish friend? That’s […]

Guns, Fear, & US

18, Dec 2012

By now, all of you have read or heard about the mass killings in Newton, CT. The killing of twenty children and seven adults has sent the nation into another state of mourning, the fourth this year, just before the happy holidays. There is a lot of talk now, as always after such a national […]

December is here! And that means, Christmas, S:t Lucia festivities, and food. Lots of food. Oh and lots of decoration. Over the years I write a couple articles about Christmas in Sweden and after sometime, the posts get all mixed up together. To make it easier for you all to find the right post about […]


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