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  • Why a foreign vessel lurks in Swedish waters

    The Local
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:02 pm
    With Sweden engaged in its biggest domestic military operation since the Cold War, The Local spoke to Johan Wiktorin, a fellow at the Swedish Royal Academy of War Sciences, to get insight into what’s going on in the Stockholm archipelago.
  • Why a foreign vessel lurks in Swedish waters

    Sweden News latest RSS headlines - Sweden News.net
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    With Sweden engaged in its biggest domestic military operation since the Cold War, The Local spoke to Johan Wiktorin, a fellow at the Swedish Royal Academy of War Sciences, to get insight into ...
  • Sweden steps up search for 'crippled Russian submarine' making...

    Sweden News
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:21 pm
    Hannah Graham 'body' was buried in a dried up creek bed in the woods prime suspect used to call home: Accused killer Jesse Matthews grew up just miles from where remains were found Another EIGHTY FOUR people under observation for Ebola in Ohio as officials track those who encountered stricken nurse as she roamed Cleveland How the world let the Ebola crisis happen: Governments 'cost lives' by refusing to commit troops and WHO response accused of incompetence Ebola hysteria sweeps US schools: Teacher who visited Dallas told not to come to work as hundreds of Mississippi parents pull kids school…
  • Red & Yellow

    Photos From Haninge
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:34 am
    It has been a colorful few weeks, and it ain't over just yet. Spotted this burst of Autumn colors at the Eskilsparken in Handen over the weekend. Oh, and I haven't seen any Russian submarines or mini-submarines or even divers in the water in the Stockholm archipelago, but apparently they are out there!
  • sunday snuggles

    The World According to Pia
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Because this hibernation thing is really cool. And especially during weekends snuggling up in sofa with cats, tea and TV is as close to hibernation as you can possibly come. When in the company of cats, sharing is certainly caring.
 
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    News from the Swedish Government

  • Minister for Migration and Asylum Policy relieved of his duties

    29 Sep 2014 | 7:56 am
    Having been elected Deputy Speaker of the Riksdag, Minister for Migration and Asylum Policy Tobias Billström has been relieved of his duties. Minister for Justice Beatrice Ask is now responsible for migration and asylum policy. Prime Minister's Office, Ministry of Justice, 29 September 2014
  • The Prime Minister has requested to be relieved of his duties

    16 Sep 2014 | 12:45 am
    Elections to the Riksdag and the municipal and county council assemblies were held on Sunday 14 September 2014. On Monday 15 September, Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt visited the Speaker of the Riksdag and requested to be relieved of his duties. The Riksdag's website The Election Authority's website Prime Minister's Office, 16 September 2014
  • Government newsletter: General election on 14 September

    8 Sep 2014 | 7:25 am
    The elections to the Riksdag and the municipal and county council assemblies will be held on Sunday 14 September 2014. Elections are the most important means by which citizens can influence politics and at the same time demand accountability for the policies that have been pursued. High voter turnout is a sign of a robust and well-functioning democracy. When more people vote, voter participation is more equal and the election results more accurately reflect citizens' views. Government newsletter: General election on 14 September The Government, 08 September 2014
  • New President of the European Council and High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy appointed

    3 Sep 2014 | 7:20 am
    The EU heads of state and government have appointed Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk as new President of the European Council and Italy's Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Federica Mogherini as High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. The decision was taken at a special summit in Brussels on 30 August. Article: New President of the European Council and High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy appointed Prime Minister's Office, Permanent Representation of Sweden to the European Union, 03…
  • 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
 
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    Sweden News

  • SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden and its subsidiary SP...

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:59 am
    For the first time ever a Swedish research and innovation project is one of the winners of the EARTO Innovation Prize. At a price ceremony in Brussels 15 October, representatives for SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden and its subsidiary SP Processum were awarded as runner-up of the EARTO Innovation Prize 2014 for the project GreenFeed, in which a method to produce Single cell protein from a residual stream from the forest industry has been developed for use in fish feed.
  • Sweden steps up search for 'crippled Russian submarine' making...

    19 Oct 2014 | 11:21 pm
    Hannah Graham 'body' was buried in a dried up creek bed in the woods prime suspect used to call home: Accused killer Jesse Matthews grew up just miles from where remains were found Another EIGHTY FOUR people under observation for Ebola in Ohio as officials track those who encountered stricken nurse as she roamed Cleveland How the world let the Ebola crisis happen: Governments 'cost lives' by refusing to commit troops and WHO response accused of incompetence Ebola hysteria sweeps US schools: Teacher who visited Dallas told not to come to work as hundreds of Mississippi parents pull kids school…
  • Sweden: 3 credible sightings in submarine search

    19 Oct 2014 | 11:21 pm
    Swedish Navy minesweeper HMS Kullen, foreground, patrols in the Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden, Sunday Oct. 19 2014. A Swedish military search for evidence of suspected undersea activity in its waters has entered its third day amid reports of a suspected Russian intrusion.
  • Sweden scours Baltic Sea for signs of foreign activity

    18 Oct 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Sweden boosted its military presence in the Stockholm archipelago Saturday to scour its waters for "foreign underwater activity" in a mobilization of ships, troops and helicopters unseen since the Cold War. The search in the Baltic Sea less than 31 miles from the capital began Friday and brought back vivid memories of the final years of the Cold War when Sweden repeatedly hunted suspected Soviet submarines along its coast with depth charges.
  • Tremors in 'Broken Hill Blues' are metaphor for society: Swedish director

    18 Oct 2014 | 5:25 pm
    Cinema is not just about entertainment. Sometimes, filmmakers bring stories that mirror the society it is set in.
 
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    home and away

  • Holy moly! Not been here since June?

    Ahoy!
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:26 am
    In the past, I've already started a few blog entries trying to excuse myself for the lack of updates. So this time let me just begin by reassuring any patient followers and blog-lurkers out there. I'm not dead yet! Yay! And... I'm back to blogging.Feel free to clap!Yes, I realized that there's are still actually good reasons to keep this blog alive. Logging small stories of my life and adventures in this sometimes strange land, keeping the sense of wonder alive through my thoughts of feelings of big and small experiences – this genre is still nothing that Facebook can beat.Also, I kind of…
  • What's up, doc?

    Ahoy!
    6 Jun 2014 | 4:16 am
    Here I am reporting from the other side of the PhD-tunnel. I’m back from some months’ worth of well-deserved freedom with only job-seeking activities to constrain me. Hah!For the past few months, I’ve been living through a strange combination of being free and yet being somehow very busy. Being free from work is definitely underrated! People should try it more often if they can. In the first month of joblessness I felt the immense freedom of nobody telling me what to do with my day. No more waking up thinking of the day’s work tasks! – at least for an undetermined amount of time. I…
  • Hoooorah! Yehey! Whee! Whoohoo!

    Ahoy!
    27 Mar 2014 | 4:47 pm
    I want to write about something before many of the small memories and mental pictures fade from my brain, before I go on vacation and get loads of other impressions from this spring. I’d likely not forget the factual details about this event. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing. The memory of it – and its implications in my life – will be a part of me forever. But certainly, sooner or later, some of the feelings and memories connected to that moment might feel less concrete after a while. So I write in a way that travelers write about their travels: because I want to be able to look back…
  • What pensioners do in the city graveyard at night

    Ahoy!
    2 Mar 2014 | 1:12 pm
    a.k.a. Photo session turned into mom and dad's first snowball fight! Mom and dad arrived yesterday afternoon in time for my thesis defense, which will be later this month. In both their earlier visits (which had been in spring and autumn), they had hoped to see snow but missed it. They even stayed until early November on their latest visit, hoping that autumn would turn into winter. Of course each season have its charm — they saw budding flowers and tasted pine tree sprouts; and they experienced mushroom picking and loved looking at flocks of Canada geese — but winter is special…
  • From fish to nilaga with lots of things in between

    Ahoy!
    5 Jan 2014 | 10:05 am
    Pretty huh? I got this from Liz and Rob for Christmas. For such a pretty thing, it’s actually a ceramic hot pad for putting warm pots on. I love the movement of the school of fish across it, the different colors, the bubbliness of the water, and that the fish seem to be happily swimming along.I saw it at the Christmas market at Schwezingen, where it stuck out among mode impersonal geometric designs. It turns out that the seller himself had actually made this piece, and we talked to him as he ate his goulash dinner from a thermos. Hard job, this, to be in a stall all day. He said that the…
 
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    The World According to Pia

  • it's an m

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:46 am
    One of the most clever and entertaining moments I've had in a movie recently was when Johnny Depp as Barnabas the vampire in Dark Shadows exclaimed "Mephistopheles!" when he saw the McDonalds sign for the first time. Spot on times gazilion.And the paw inspector definitely agree. 
  • sunday snuggles

    19 Oct 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Because this hibernation thing is really cool. And especially during weekends snuggling up in sofa with cats, tea and TV is as close to hibernation as you can possibly come. When in the company of cats, sharing is certainly caring.
  • first woolly project of autumn 2014

    18 Oct 2014 | 2:52 pm
    say hallo to the first knitting of autumn season 2014 - a pair of orange wristwarmers. made to order. as luck would have it it hasn't been cold enough for wristwarmers yet (at least not that i've noticed) so these will hopefully be handed over (no pun intended) just in time for the owner to get snuggly warm with them.and obviously the knitting is done much more quickly with an orange trio if
  • first lucia bun 2014

    17 Oct 2014 | 2:25 pm
    It's madness, I know, but today I had (and enjoyed) the first lucia bun (lussekatt) of this winter season 2014/15. At least a month too early I'd say. Ack, what is happening to the world. For some reason I thought about baking lussekatter the other week already. But I don't want to get tired of them before Christmas already. Then today I had one anyway. Sorry world. But it was lovely.
  • dear autumn, where is the sun?

    16 Oct 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Yes you are pretty with all your burning colours. Yes you are the time for new beginnings. Yes you are the perfect time of the year for an overload of cups of tea, book reading and cat cuddles.   But to be honest, I do wish you could show your sunny side. Because these constant grey skies and rainy days... Believe it or not, there's only so much colours, pretty socks, happy shoes and
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    A Swedish American in Sweden

  • Adventures in the National Library of Sweden

    Hairy Swede
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:33 am
    Despite my headphones, I heard him coming up behind me. Quickly. Aggressively. Loudly. It’s amazing what just a few strides can convey. He grabbed me and began to turn me around while yelling: what do you say when you bump into someone‽1I am not a brave man, but I am a big man and with that comes a bit of privilege. I don’t immediately have to fear for my safety, especially in a public setting like the café of a library. Which is where this man chose to yell at me. So I slowly took out my headphones. I looked at him. He was old. He had white hair. A tired face. A saggy torso. And he…
  • Swedish Bankers’ Hours

    Hairy Swede
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:02 am
    During college and immediately after, I worked at a bank in the marketing department. It was a good job with good people and gave me good experience with a good paycheck. It was good. It was a normal job with normal hours. Eight in the morning until five in the evening. Sometimes later. Especially because in marketing, there’s plenty going on during the weekend or evenings. So I put in my 40-ish hours of work a week and thought nothing of it.But then people would ask me about bankers’ hours with a glint in their glinty eyes and a smirk on their smirky face. And the only thing I could…
  • Flygande Jakob!

    Hairy Swede
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:46 am
    What do you get if you mix chicken, bacon, bananas, chili sauce, whipping cream, and peanuts? A tummyache! No. Wrong. You get the makings of a delicious meal known in Sweden as Flygande Jakob. Flying Jacob. Serve it on a bed of rice with a nice salad on the side and you’re ready to tackle the day. Or at least go to bed. Back in the ‘70s, when all things disgusting happened, some guy named Ove Jacobsson is said to have invented this meal. He was probably a wonderful father, but a terrible cook. Because seriously, who else but a bunch of children and a terrible cook would think that a good…
  • Kilos of Kantareller

    Hairy Swede
    4 Oct 2014 | 4:17 am
    There are some things that seem to be inherent to Sweden. Candles. Kölappar. Kantareller. Or chanterelles. A word I don’t know how to pronounce in English. It’s a mushroom for those of you who are less fungally inclined.Last weekend I went hiking in the woods with a buddy of mine. Hiking is maybe the wrong word. A walk. A walk in the woods. Nearly an eight-mile walk in the woods, but still a walk. Hiking suggests to me some sort of hill. There was no hill.We had our requisite hotdogs that were twice the length of the bun. There was some fruit. Some saft. It was a proper weekend picnic on…
  • Winter is Coming

    Hairy Swede
    27 Sep 2014 | 7:56 am
    See what I did with the title there? Because I’m hip to pop culture. That’s not true. I’ve only seen one episode of that show. But I read the first three books. And they just kept going. And going. And going. And so much happened. But nothing happened. And they kept going. Like this paragraph. On and on and on and on. And so I quit.See what I did there? Again? I know.But seriously. Winter is coming. As in the season that follows autumn. And in Sweden that means two very important things that will dominate the lives of every single person in the country. Cold and dark. Dark and cold.
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    Swedish Language Blog

  • Swedish Grammar: This and that, Part 2

    Steve
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:22 am
    Tjena vänner! In my previous post, I talked about one way to say “this” in Swedish: den här. This post will talk about an alternative way to express “this”: denna. As I explained in part one, when den här is used before a noun, the noun has to be put in definite form: den här stolen – this chair In other words, to say *den här stol would be incorrect. However, you also have the option of using denna to mean “this”. Unlike den här, denna does not require the noun to be in definite form. In fact, it generally isn’t used with the noun in definite form…
  • Indeclinable Swedish Adjectives

    Marcus Cederström
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
    We’ve talked about adjectives quite a bit here. How to use them with en words, how to use them with ett words, how to use them with plural words. You can check out some of those posts here: Swedish adjective and noun Adjectives and specificness in Swedish Adjectives and specificness in Swedish, Part 2 30 Common Swedish Adjectives So, a quick recap of the main rule about declinable adjectives using the word stor (big): If it is an en word, you don’t change the adjective: En stor man. A big man. See? No change If it is an ett word, you add a –t: Ett stort lejon. A big lion. Stor + t =…
  • Swedish Grammar: This and that, Part 1

    Steve
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:46 am
    Hej allihopa! This is the first part in a series of three (3) posts that will tell you all about how to say “this” and “that” in Swedish. In this first part, I will talk about how to say “this”. So, how do you say “this” in Swedish? There are two ways: den här and denna. Both have the same meaning but grammatically they are used slightly differently. In this first post, I will talk about den här. When used before a noun, den här must be accompanied by the definite form of the noun specified. For example: den här stolen – this chair…
  • Voting in Sweden

    Marcus Cederström
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:59 am
    There’s an election coming up in Sweden on Sunday, September 14. It’s an important one and will help determine who will lead the country for the next four years. Currently, there are eight parties represented in the Riksdag (parliament). Steve did a great job of going through some of this information in his post Left or right? Who knows! The Swedish elections of 2014, so definitely check that out. This post will focus a bit more on voting in Sweden, what it determines, how it is done, and who is eligible to vote. Steve did a great job of listing the parties in order of their current…
  • Left or right? Who knows! The Swedish elections of 2014

    Steve
    4 Sep 2014 | 2:56 am
    Hejsan! Welcome to In Sweden with Steve, a new series where I will occasionally talk about Sweden rather than Swedish. But don’t worry, you language-lovers out there will be introduced to some important practical vocabulary in these videos as well. Click here to view the embedded video. So, the reason for the spontaneity of this series is the approach of a very important event in Swedish history: the general elections of 2014. Mycket står på spel – that is, much is at stake. And there are only 10 days left. Before we begin, I would like to present the 8 political parties currently…
 
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    Photos From Haninge

  • Red & Yellow

    20 Oct 2014 | 1:34 am
    It has been a colorful few weeks, and it ain't over just yet. Spotted this burst of Autumn colors at the Eskilsparken in Handen over the weekend. Oh, and I haven't seen any Russian submarines or mini-submarines or even divers in the water in the Stockholm archipelago, but apparently they are out there!
  • Vernissage

    18 Oct 2014 | 3:06 pm
    There was a vernissage at Poseidons Gränd in Handen yesterday. The official unveiling of the artwork i gestaltningens tid, or The Moving Box which I called it in a post ten days ago. Made by Johan Thurfjelll. A small group gathered and three people spoke. First a local politician, Michael Fridebäck. Next to speak was Åsa Mårtensson from the cultural centre. She told us that the project had taken nearly three years to fulfil, and that it had been great working with Johan. And then, just as the artist himself started his speech, a moving truck arrived! It wasn't part of the act, but…
  • Welcome!

    17 Oct 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Welcome to Haninge Golfhall. We offer indoor golf. We have a popular driving range. You can also practice your putting skills and enjoy a nice lunch at the restaurant. And if you are a car thief, feel free to dump your stolen vehicles in our nice surroundings.
  • Autumn Bike Rack

    17 Oct 2014 | 1:58 am
    I was looking to take some new photos of the Bovieran that I showed you a while back but there was nothing new to report so I walked over the schoolyard at Ribby in Västerhaninge and found this unused bike rack.
  • That Old Tree

    16 Oct 2014 | 12:56 am
    It was just last week that I showed you a photo of the old tree with most of the leaves still hanging in there. That was then, this is now.
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    Anne's Food

  • Caramelized Pineapple, creamy caramel sauce, salted peanuts

    16 Oct 2014 | 12:35 am
    I had some new friends over for dinner the other day. I wanted to make a simple but fun dessert, and something adaptable - I wasn't sure what they would like. So, I began with vanilla ice cream - always a favorite. Popular with the kids, too. I bought some, but you could certainly make your own. I have recipes for vanilla ice cream here, and here.I then made a batch of Creamy Caramel Sauce. An eternal favorite, and so simple to make.I chopped up some salted peanuts.And then, for the actual cooking part - I took a fresh pineapple and cut into wedges. I fried them in a pat of butter and with a…
  • Cookbook Watch - bake, bake, bake some more!

    13 Oct 2014 | 12:19 am
    I find myself cooking less (at least less exciting blog-worthy stuff) and baking more. Or well, less than I used to, but the balance is at least leaning that way. And I'm drawn to baking books. Lucky for me, that's also what's in the stores this fall. Let me tell you about four new books, all in Swedish (albeit with English titles, most of them).The Bread Exchange is about bread - obviously - but it's mostly about travelling. And about exchanging bread for other things  - for stories, and also for food. There are loads of recipes, and not just for bread. An interesting read, and lots of…
  • Teriyaki Chicken with veggies

    9 Oct 2014 | 10:26 am
    Well, I'll just come out and say it. I barely cook anymore. Certainly nothing new. Or from scratch. Or well, that's what it feels like. This is about the only just barely blogworthy thing I've cooked for ages, and even then.. well.This uses shortcuts. But I prefer to think of it as a way to spruce up a store-bought teriyaki sauce which in itself can be a little boring. So what I did was take a bunch of veggies, grate lots of ginger on top, place some seared chicken on top of that, and then pour over the sauce. I baked the whole thing for fifteen minutes, made some rice, and voila!
  • Best sauce for Swedish meatballs

    24 Sep 2014 | 6:40 am
    Never mind this not-super-pretty-photo. This sauce is perfect. It's just the right thing to accompany a plate of Swedish meatballs, served with boiled potatoes, lingonberries and pickled cucumbers. This is, as it happens, the traditional serving for this meal. In the US, Swedish meatballs often seem to be served with a cream sauce and pasta - that would never happen here. Cream sauce goes on potatoes. Meatballs and pasta, well, then you add ketchup.So, here we go:Best sauce for Swedish meatballs100 ml water1 tbsp concentrated veal stock300 ml cream1 tsp soy sauce1 tbsp lingonberry jamsalt,…
  • Apple Cinnamon Muffins

    19 Sep 2014 | 1:02 am
    Sweden is having very summery weather, still, despite the calendar showing a fall month. Mornings are misty, but afternoons are almost always sunny and warm. Quite lovely!I made these apple cinnamon muffins the other day, to cheer myself up after a few weeks of very hard work. I found a recipe at Add a Pinch and adapted it to fit my needs. I baked mine in cups rather than in a lined muffin tin, and only dipped the very top of the muffin in the lovely topping - they turned out very delicious and I'm happy that I stashed a few in the freezer for another day.Apple Cinnamon Muffinsmakes…
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    Lost in Stockholm

  • I want to move to Sweden: will I find a job?

    Sapphire
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:46 pm
    I get this question every week, sometimes 2-3 times a week. And I thought it would be a whole lot easier to write in a post here than copy/pasting my answers. Let’s say you visit Sweden on a vacation. You fall in love with the country. You decide you want to move to Sweden. You google a bunch of stuff on making a Swedish friendly CV, wondering about the hiring process, and planning your move across the world to the north pole. And then you email me a bunch of questions (great questions) about finding jobs, interviewing, and moving to Sweden. This is when life becomes difficult. I…
  • Fika Runt Stockholm – A Map!

    Sapphire
    1 Mar 2014 | 4:39 pm
    You probably already know that Swedes loves their coffee. And they love to fika. Which got me thinking that, there should be a map to all the popular, or in some cases only, cafes in Stockholm. I took the SL’s tunnelbanan’s karta (metro map), removed all the stations, and inserted cafes. Surprisingly, it was a lot harder than I expected. There were tons of cafes in innerstaden (central city), but once you hit the förort (suburb), it becomes a coffee desert. What I would love to do is have your input for coffee shops at the missing stations. I will be taking comments here until…
  • God Jul 2013!

    Sapphire
    24 Dec 2013 | 1:46 pm
    Wishing you all a happy Christmas and New Year! The bunny wishes everyone a God Jul too.
  • National Anti-Bullying Month – My Story

    Sapphire
    25 Oct 2013 | 12:13 am
    October is national anti-bullying month in the US. But as most of you know, bullying isn’t restricted by borders, or languages, or culture, or even religions. Bullying is a nasty part of childhood, that for many, persists until adulthood. Swedes, Americans, whatever, bullying is everywhere. I was bullied in school. A lot. I moved a few times before college, and those were not easy moves. As a result, I often spent my time being the new, different kid in school. Before I get to the bullying part, let me tell you about my teenage self. I was an over-achiever who enjoyed the attention of…
  • The United States is Closed

    Sapphire
    3 Oct 2013 | 4:31 pm
    If you are currently visiting the United States on vacation and are hoping to see the Statue of Liberty, Lincoln Memorial, or even Alcatraz, well, sad news, they are all closed. That’s because of the clusterfuckery of House Republications holding the budget hostage so they can “negotiate” with the Senate to delay the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, by one year. Does it makes sense now? No? Me either. Honestly, it’s just a bunch fucktards in the right of right of right Republican party that are making everyone facepalm. Of course, the tea party is jumping for joy…
 
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