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  • Protests Against Swedish Neo-Nazis

    A Swedish American in Sweden
    Hairy Swede
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:18 am
    At 11:34am on Sunday, August 31, I received the following alert from the US Government:“A large area of central Stockholm will be cordoned off by police on Saturday, August 30, 2014 between 09:00-18:00 hours due to an authorized political meeting being held by the Neo-Nazi “Svenskarnasparti” (The Party of the Swedes). A demonstration againstSvenskarnasparti is expected, estimated at 10,000 people, positioned at Gustav Adolfs Torg, just outside the MFA. The demonstration is scheduled to begin at 14:00 hrs.”Quick aside: the MFA is the Ministry for Foreign Affairs or…
  • Pretty in Pink

    Photos From Haninge
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Every year at the Grand Prix Raggarbil you can vote for Best Looking Greaser Girl. This is Petra Nyman. I don't know if she won, but I think she was in with a good chance with this pink polka dot dress.
  • Swedish Escalator Etiquette

    A Swedish American in Sweden
    Hairy Swede
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:17 am
    Stand to the right. Walk to the left. Always.There are certain rules on escalators in Sweden. Stand to the right. Walk to the left. They’re pretty simple rules. Step onto any escalator in Stockholm and you’ll see the vast majority of people following those rules. It’s both impressive and slightly creepy. So I took a picture. I'll be honest, I felt like I was doing something wrong standing on the left to take this picture. Swedish cultural expectations are strong.Of course, these two rules get broken. Especially on a drunken weekend. Or even when you’re carrying on a conversation with…
  • Late summer sun set to hit Sweden

    The Local
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Forecasters have predicted sunshine across Sweden this week, with a warm front moving in from Russia and temperatures of up to 25C.
  • New fact sheet on migration policy

    News from the Swedish Government
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:50 am
    This fact sheet gives a brief description of the Government's work in the migration policy area at the national, EU and international level. Fact sheet: Migration policy Ministry of Justice, 29 August 2014
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    The Local

  • Late summer sun set to hit Sweden

    2 Sep 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Forecasters have predicted sunshine across Sweden this week, with a warm front moving in from Russia and temperatures of up to 25C.
  • Swedish killer arrested after European hunt

    2 Sep 2014 | 4:21 pm
    UPDATED: Police arrested a man on Tuesday afternoon after he went missing from a psychiatric ward in western Sweden at the weekend. The man had been convicted of murdering a five-year-old schoolgirl in 2003.
  • The five best Swedish songs of the month

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:09 pm
    The summer may be (almost) over but the music will keep on playing here at The Local. Our resident music guru Paul Connolly will be selecting his top new Swedish tracks for us in a new monthly feature.
  • Hedgehog pet craze sweeps Sweden

    2 Sep 2014 | 1:51 pm
    African pygmy hedgehogs are being bought by growing numbers of Swedes, as a trend for keeping exotic pets sweeps the country, the Department for Animal Welfare and Health tells The Local.
  • Poisonous mushrooms cause stir in Sweden

    2 Sep 2014 | 1:50 pm
    A person selling freshly-picked mushrooms in Gothenburg has come under fire after it turned out the delicacies were not only poisonous but also hallucinogenic.
 
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    News from the Swedish Government

  • New fact sheet on migration policy

    29 Aug 2014 | 5:50 am
    This fact sheet gives a brief description of the Government's work in the migration policy area at the national, EU and international level. Fact sheet: Migration policy Ministry of Justice, 29 August 2014
  • Minister for Finance Anders Borg gave an account of the economic situation

    23 Aug 2014 | 4:10 am
    On Saturday 23 August, the Government met at Harpsund, where Minister for Finance Anders Borg gave an account of the economic situation and the conditions for work on the 2015 budget. In connection with this, Mr Borg held a press conference on the economic situation. Ministry of Finance, 23 August 2014
  • Minister for Foreign Affairs visits Iraq

    20 Aug 2014 | 6:46 am
    Ministry for Foreign Affairs, 20 August 2014
  • Take up the fight against antiziganism

    11 Aug 2014 | 5:52 am
    Many of the prejudices that persist against Roma today and much of the exclusion we still see are a result of historical abuses. These are the words of Minister for Integration Erik Ullenhag. Debate article: Take up the fight against antiziganism Ministry of Employment, 11 August 2014
  • Government newsletter: Forest fire in Västmanland

    8 Aug 2014 | 4:24 am
    The fire in Västmanland is still burning. The continued focus is on fighting the fire and protecting lives and property. But when the immediate crisis is over, it is important that we begin the work of seeing what lessons can be learned. This is important in any crisis, and never more so than in events of this exceptional nature. The Government now intends to appoint an inquiry to this effect. Government newsletter: Forest fire in Västmanland The Government, 08 August 2014
 
 
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    The World According to Pia

  • welcome sheldon and dymphna

    1 Sep 2014 | 2:09 pm
    The arrival of two new bobs to the Scandinavian settlement, to colour spice things up, surely that must be the best way to start a new month, to start the autumn, right? Right. Say hello to dotty Sheldon and pinky Dymphna. Welcome committee was Rodney and Minxy. As some of the bobs have grown a bit fuzzy and scuffed with all the travelling, eating, general curiosity and excitement over life
  • goodbye august

    31 Aug 2014 | 2:24 pm
    To be honest I'm glad to see you go. Since you've been a general disappointment. On a professional as well as personal level. Add to that on a weather as well as health level. A prolonged cold leaving me feeling blah most of the month. A hot summer that was cut abruptly in early August and lots of rain (oh rain where were you in the heat of July?). Work related issues, friendship issues. On
  • from prison to flower field

    30 Aug 2014 | 12:11 pm
    it's been a day of contrasts. yelp turns 10 this year apparently and the stockholm party was held at långholmen prison (now museum - hostel - hotel - restaurant).  so from being marched to prison, to having a light 'lunch' - only 2 of the 6 things served at the buffet were suitable for vegetarians, the flavours were lovely but i'm glad i wasn't hungry - in happy company
  • the silly littering season

    29 Aug 2014 | 11:37 am
    Also known as election in Sweden-time. Gosh, I truly loath election campaign posters - above one not included in that hate though, it's the Animal Party's poster, it's darling and a much needed party in politics obviously. For all the innocent voices that can't make themselves heard. But for the rest, here's my reasons for loath a) the ridiculous amount of money (millions) spent on them
  • summer cupcake with a view

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Sitting in this armchair, at this cafe, with this view, having this soy latte accompanied by a summer muffin - also known as cupcake apparently, the frosting was strawberry and the muffin itself bursting with lovely cardamom and almond flakes - was a simple yet blissful and comforting moment in one of the last shivering days of summer. The last shivering days of a month that has been an
 
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    A Swedish American in Sweden

  • Protests Against Swedish Neo-Nazis

    Hairy Swede
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:18 am
    At 11:34am on Sunday, August 31, I received the following alert from the US Government:“A large area of central Stockholm will be cordoned off by police on Saturday, August 30, 2014 between 09:00-18:00 hours due to an authorized political meeting being held by the Neo-Nazi “Svenskarnasparti” (The Party of the Swedes). A demonstration againstSvenskarnasparti is expected, estimated at 10,000 people, positioned at Gustav Adolfs Torg, just outside the MFA. The demonstration is scheduled to begin at 14:00 hrs.”Quick aside: the MFA is the Ministry for Foreign Affairs or…
  • Swedish Escalator Etiquette

    Hairy Swede
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:17 am
    Stand to the right. Walk to the left. Always.There are certain rules on escalators in Sweden. Stand to the right. Walk to the left. They’re pretty simple rules. Step onto any escalator in Stockholm and you’ll see the vast majority of people following those rules. It’s both impressive and slightly creepy. So I took a picture. I'll be honest, I felt like I was doing something wrong standing on the left to take this picture. Swedish cultural expectations are strong.Of course, these two rules get broken. Especially on a drunken weekend. Or even when you’re carrying on a conversation with…
  • Strangers in Sweden

    Hairy Swede
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:55 am
    My name is not a common one in the United States. I’ve met four other Americans in my 30 years. That’s one every seven and a half years. Often my name is associated with people of color in the United States. Sometimes, after an introduction I hear: You’re the only white person I’ve ever met with that name. I don’t know how to respond. You should travel more? You need to stop arbitrarily associating names with races? Talk to my parents?In Sweden though, my name is quite common. Here I’ve probably met that many in the last four years. That’s one every year, in case the maths are…
  • Lunch in the Park

    Hairy Swede
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:36 am
    A few days ago I dug deep into my reserve of Swedishness. I was looking for a bench to sit down on and eat my sandwich of toasted bread, butter, mustard, and ham. It’s a lunchtime staple for me here in Sweden. But to truly enjoy a sandwich of that caliber, you need a nice bench and some sunlight.As I walked out of the archive, I looked right only to see a man plop down on a sunny bench. I kept walking. There must be a bench around somewhere. How about the one near the church? Nope. One woman sitting there. The other one? Nope, an old lady sitting there. I kept walking. How about that…
  • Sweatpants and Swedish Fashion

    Hairy Swede
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:38 am
    A couple of days ago I saw a young man wearing a pair of sweatpants while riding the subway. In Stockholm, Sweden. I considered just stopping right there. Not writing another word. Just letting that sink in. I know. I know. You’re thinking he must have been drunk. Or American. Or both. Unlike the last visibly drunk man I had a run-in with just a few days ago, this man did not fall into me and almost spill his open beer. Which is clearly my standard for sobriety. And he probably wasn’t American because he was not chanting U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! while shotgunning a Bud Heavy in his tennis…
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    Swedish Language Blog

  • Swedish False Friends

    Marcus Cederström
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:58 am
    A while ago, we talked about some of those words in Swedish that are the same in English in a creatively titled post English Words in Swedish. They’re the ones that make learning a language just a little bit easier. Of course, learning a language is always a challenge, no matter how many cognates there are because you also have false cognates. False friends if you will. We’ve posted a short piece titled Beware False Friends from a while ago. Sometimes those false friends are spelled exactly the same as a word you know in English. Other times, the word might be close, so close, that you…
  • Boxes and hedgehogs: Expressing “there is/are” in Swedish

    Steve
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:58 am
    Tjena! Let me present to you the next installment in the Swedish with Steve series: “Boxes and hedgehogs: Expressing ‘there is/are’ in Swedish”. Click here to view the embedded video. In a previous post, I told you about the Swedish verb vara and its different forms. This time, I’m going to teach you how to say “there is” or “there are”. For this expression, you generally actually don’t use the verb vara. Instead, you use the verb finnas, which, directly translated, means “to exist”. The Swedish equivalent of “there is” or “there are” is…
  • English Words in Swedish

    Marcus Cederström
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:21 am
    Languages change. There’s phonetic change and morphological change and lexical change. Sometimes they’re obvious and other times maybe a bit less so. But, for the most part, these changes do not mean that the language is dying or disappearing. You hear that a lot when people start wondering about the number of foreign words making their way into a language. Like English words in Swedish, for example. There are a whole host of English loanwords that appear in Swedish. And that’s ok. Especially because the vast majority of people in Sweden are still speaking Swedish. Surprising, I know.
  • Dogs and houses: Swedish gender and articles

    Steve
    30 Jun 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Hej! In today’s episode of Swedish with Steve, I discuss the two Swedish genders (common and neuter) and their respective articles, both indefinite and indefinite. Click here to view the embedded video. In Swedish, there are two genders, or genus: common and neuter. The Swedes call these two genders utrum and neutrum, respectively. Many second-language students of Swedish, however, prefer to call them “-n-gender” and “-t-gender”, due to the standard declensions they take on. An example of a word of common gender or utrum is hund, which means “dog”.
  • One of the most important Swedish verbs: vara, “to be”

    Steve
    20 Jun 2014 | 10:00 am
    Hey guys! There are important verbs in every language. One of them is almost always some sort of copula verb, as in the case of Swedish. Vara is a verb you simply cannot go without! In this video I explain how to express “to be” in Swedish. Click here to view the embedded video. The verb vara, “to be”, has many uses. For example, it can be used to give a subject an identity or a property. Rolf är lärare. – Rolf is a teacher. Äpplena är röda. – The apples are red. As you can see in the examples, the present tense of vara is är. While English has three…
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    Photos From Haninge

  • Pretty in Pink

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Every year at the Grand Prix Raggarbil you can vote for Best Looking Greaser Girl. This is Petra Nyman. I don't know if she won, but I think she was in with a good chance with this pink polka dot dress.
  • Rusty but Loved

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:55 am
    You can be sure of one thing. No matter how a "raggarbil" (car owned and used by a member of the subculture), looks or sounds, it is loved. Seriously loved. A raggare lives for his car. And the 1950s music. And the greaser girls. There were many rusty American cars at the big meet, and here are two of them. Theme Day. Rust and Ruins.
  • Celina

    31 Aug 2014 | 8:44 am
    I had to shoot a few portraits at the big Greaser meet. This is Celina, a good looking raggarbrud. She's from Gävle, a city roughly 174 km away from Haninge. Celina was sitting on a rusty old car enjoying a drink with a friend when I spotted her. It was her blonde hair with the flower that caught my eye. Expect to see many more photos from this event in the coming days!
  • Rebells of Motorsport

    30 Aug 2014 | 10:33 am
    Three illegal street-races in Stockholm last night. At Hallunda, Fittja and Slagsta. Very popular events at insane speeds on the E4 highway. It is hard for the police to do something about it. “That’s what happens. We’re powerless. It’s not that simple, to just go in and stop this,” Stockholm policeman Anders Mattsson told news agency TT. And this is the car that won the whole thing. A 1973 Plymouth Valiant. I didn't get a chance to talk with the driver, M Duster, as he was busy telling people about last nights race, which was the last of the season. I took the photo a few hours ago…
  • KTH Hazing

    28 Aug 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Treat your overall as a dirty dog. Soon it will smell like a dirty dog. Don't clean the overall. What your overall needs: Lots of pockets for beer. A hidden pocket for a hip flask. Maps. Flash-light. Bottle opener. Cocktail book. Barf bag. First year students from The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH Haninge), during hazing.
 
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    Anne's Food

  • Milk Chocolate Lemon Cookies

    30 Aug 2014 | 4:56 am
    This type of cookies is called "snitt" in Swedish - translates into "cuts" which is exactly the method for making these. Just like Italian cantuccini, you shape long logs of dough, bake and slice. These are not re-baked like biscotti though, instead they're left to cool and that leaves them crispy on the edges with a soft, chewy middle. These particular cookies are full of milk chocolate and lemon zest. Truly amazing.Milk Chocolate Lemon Cookiesmakes 40 or so150 g butter, softened140 g caster sugar140 g brown sugar1 egg2 tsp vanilla sugar (or 1 tsp extract) 1/2 tsp baking sodapinch of…
  • Homemade Chocolate Shell

    26 Aug 2014 | 10:28 pm
    Magic Shell is an ice cream topping I first came into contact with in the US - where else? Well, you can find a version of it in Sweden too, nowadays. Or you can, as I have, make your own!It's essentially a pourable chocolate topping that freezes instantly when poured over ice cream. It hardens into a crunchy chocolate shell. And it's yummy! My version has three ingredients, whereas the commercial obviously has many more. Mine does taste a little bit of coconut, but that's more of a feature than a flaw to me. If you don't like that, seek out a coconut oil with no flavor, there are plenty of…
  • Very promising book

    20 Aug 2014 | 11:31 pm
    I just got Veckans Favoriter ("Weekly Favorites") by Sara Begnér in the mail. I have to say, she is one of my favorite Swedish cookbook authors. Her recipes are easy to make, approachable, no weird ingredients that you can't find at the store, pretty healthy but still fun, playful and very flavorful. This book focuses, as the name implies, on weeknight dinners. Lots and lots of them! I'm seriously stuck in a rut, which is also why I have nothing to blog about, so I'm definitely eager to try some new things. © Anne's Food, all rights reserved.
  • Flippin Burgers vs. Svenska Hamburgerköket

    13 Aug 2014 | 7:16 am
    Flippin' BurgersHamburgers are always in style, or so it seems. In Stockholm, there's an on-going competition for the title "best Burger", and various lists are posted all the time. I don't really eat out that much so I haven't tried all the supposedly "best" ones, but I have tried Flippin' Burgers several times. And I have to say, they're definitely my favorite. They now have a bigger place, with more seats, but you still have to show up right when they open (4 pm) or be prepared to wait. However, it will be worth it.  The burgers are fantastic - fat and juicy and bursting with flavor.
  • Whittard instant tea and hot chocolate

    10 Aug 2014 | 1:04 am
    Another find from my recent vacation! I haven't found Whittard - a UK brand -in Sweden before, but I did find these in a small design shop in Ystad. They had a rather large selection of these two type of goods - instant tea and hot chocolate. It's been a super warm summer here, so while hot chocolate seems a bit out of season, ice tea is most definitely more current. This is a refreshingly fruity flavor, with mango and passionfruit. It doesn't really taste much of tea, but it's nice and not too sweet.The creme brulee hot chochaolate.. well, I'll have to get back to you on that when it…
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    Daniel´s birdblog

  • Camberwell season

    16 Aug 2014 | 10:54 am
    The best season for Camberwell Beauties (Nymphalis antiopa) have just started up here in the Swedish forest and fresh specimen of this large and striking butterfly is flying along forest tracks and in clearings. Every now and then they turn up in my garden as well to feed on rotting fruit among Red Admirals and Commas. This one even landed on the handle to my rucksack for a while.
  • Richard´s or Blyth´s?...Pipit

    13 May 2014 | 1:08 pm
    This pipit has been seen at Sandemar outside Stockholm the last 3 days. Richard´s or Blyth´s is the question: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-wM5W7z-pc&feature=youtu.be
  • Sandhill Crane remains

    2 May 2014 | 2:21 am
    The Sandhill Crane remains in the Black River Valley and was seen on the morning of the 2:nd May again, just south of Västerfärnebo. It stays on the fields along the road towards Skultuna and especially a flooded field west of the wooden church which is also a good place to park, as well as a good viewpoint. Picture by Mikael Bergman.
  • Sandhill Crane in the Black River Valley

    30 Apr 2014 | 12:11 am
    Yesterday I found a Sandhill Crane in the Back River Valley. It is the first time this bird has been seen in Sweden. I have been looking for it for years, since it appeared in Europe a few years ago, convinced that it should turn up on migration in our Crane-rich area....and of course... I proved right. So well deserved! Good job Daniel! Very few photos of any quality out yet, at least this is one! or better yet these ones! 
  • Goshawks linger

    8 Apr 2014 | 2:19 pm
    I didn´t expect the Goshawks to keep visiting the feeding station in April but yes, they do. Daniel Andersson saw 2 birds and got this picture on this last sunday afternoon session in our hide!
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