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Worship the Sun Like a Swede

I’ve lived in Sweden for a total of three and a half years – at two different times. When I first moved here from the United States, I chuckled to myself every time I saw Swedes close their eyes and turn their heads to the sun to soak up it’s warm rays. I mean, I understood how it

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How to Embrace a Scandinavian Lifestyle

Moving to a new country certainly presents challenges, but for me a new start also means all things are possible. It hasn’t always been easy, and as I creep toward my third year in Sweden, it becomes increasingly apparent that this country offers a great deal of cultural and lifestyle options that are, well …

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Invisibility

One of my favourite things about Swedish life is candlelit coffee shops. Candles in general are lovely and cosy, particularly in during the long winter months, but there is something about the casualness of an afternoon fika made special by candlelight that is particularly appealing to me. However, they do come with their risks. I had only been

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The Joy of Spring

There is something particularly glorious about springtime in Stockholm. Even if it is still a bit on the nippy side compared to some places (my siblings delight in sending me the weather forecast for London around this time of year, knowing that I’ll still be deciding between ski gloves and normal gloves for cycling), it’s

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What Was That

There’s nothing like learning a new language for providing some inadvertent comedy – particularly if you happen to possess something of a childish sense of humour. Swedish in particular seems to be almost deliberately designed to incite sniggers from English speakers. I once almost fell out of a kayak in hysterics at a sign on a bridge in Gamla

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Feminisim in Sweden

One of the first things that people comment on when I mention that I live in Sweden is feminism. “Isn’t that the place where women have taken over?” and “Hasn’t equality run amok there?” are two actual reactions I’ve received upon bringing up Sweden. Insert eyeroll here. As a feminist – as a woman –

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Sweden 101 – Days Out in Stockholm

The very first time I came to Stockholm, the hotel where I was staying kindly provided a little map that highlighted tourist attractions. One in particular caught my eye: Viking Terminal. That sounds intriguing, I thought, a terminal dedicated to Vikings! It was March. It was spring in London, so naturally I’d hopped on a

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Sweden 101 – The First Swedes in Hollywood

Only Sweden could have made a socialist, feminist drama in 1913! I’ve just been watching Viktor Sjöström’s Ingeborg Holm, a film about a recent widow who struggles to keep control over the staff in the shop her husband ran. Eventually she loses the shop and is sent to the poor house where she is separated from

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Sweden 101 – They Eat What!

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that Swedes are big fans of tradition. Nowhere is that more apparent than in how and what they eat. When I first moved here, I was tickled pink to discover that people actually have meatballs for dinner and herring for lunch on a regular basis, but in fact, tradition goes

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My Swedish experience – Konstantin Brynunin

I moved to Stockholm from Moscow, Russia in May 2010  to work with Scandinavian M&T The main reason for my move was for business opportunities but also for my family. Sweden offers a very secure environment for children and I like the flexible manner of living in Sweden. I’ve also found Swedes welcoming and friendly.   The biggest

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