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  • Swedish krona weakens to two-year low

    News
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:01 pm
    "The market is readjusting to the possibility of at least one rate cut”.
  • Drowned puppies found in crayfish cage

    The Local
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:44 am
    Police in eastern Sweden have launched a preliminary investigation of animal cruelty after two puppies were found drowned in a crayfish cage.
  • Football fan father leaves baby in sweltering car

    The Local
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:52 am
    A baby was saved from a car parked in the stifling heat outside of a football stadium in western Sweden on Sunday with the child's father believed to be at the game.
  • Spring Fiscal Policy Bill 2014: Knowledge for a stronger workforce

    News from the Swedish Government
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    On 9 April the Government presented its Spring Fiscal Policy Bill to the Riksdag. In this Spring Fiscal Policy Bill, the Government is presenting initiatives for more knowledge, Improved availability and skills in healthcare and further business climate improvements. As the recovery becomes more stable, fiscal policy will enter a new phase which will see public finances return to surplus. All initiatives will therefore be funded krona for krona. Press release: Spring Fiscal Policy Bill 2014: Knowledge for a stronger workforce Read more about the Spring Fiscal Policy Bill Ministry of Finance,…
  • Ikea to introduce green vegetarian meatballs

    Sweden News latest RSS headlines - Sweden News.net
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:40 am
    Customers who flock to the flatpack behemoth's stores consume 150 million meatballs between them each year. However, the company's head of sustainability in the UK said the beef and pork ...
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    The Local

  • Football fan father leaves baby in sweltering car

    21 Apr 2014 | 9:52 am
    A baby was saved from a car parked in the stifling heat outside of a football stadium in western Sweden on Sunday with the child's father believed to be at the game.
  • Police launch probe after Easter ferry smash

    21 Apr 2014 | 8:15 am
    Stockholm police are investigating criminal negligence in connection with a crash involving a small taxi vessel and a giant Finland-bound ferry on Friday which left three people needing rescue from the icy waters of Stockholm's archipelago.
  • Ikea to introduce 'green' vegetarian meatballs

    20 Apr 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Swedish furniture giant Ikea is planning to put vegetarian meatballs on the menu in an attempt to cut down on its carbon footprint, the company has announced.
  • Students to keep paying off debt beyond 67

    20 Apr 2014 | 12:22 pm
    The Swedish government has proposed scrapping the 25-year span for repaying student loans, by suggesting those who attend higher education should keep paying the money back well into retirement.
  • Drowned puppies found in crayfish cage

    20 Apr 2014 | 9:44 am
    Police in eastern Sweden have launched a preliminary investigation of animal cruelty after two puppies were found drowned in a crayfish cage.
 
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    News from the Swedish Government

  • Spring Fiscal Policy Bill 2014: Knowledge for a stronger workforce

    8 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    On 9 April the Government presented its Spring Fiscal Policy Bill to the Riksdag. In this Spring Fiscal Policy Bill, the Government is presenting initiatives for more knowledge, Improved availability and skills in healthcare and further business climate improvements. As the recovery becomes more stable, fiscal policy will enter a new phase which will see public finances return to surplus. All initiatives will therefore be funded krona for krona. Press release: Spring Fiscal Policy Bill 2014: Knowledge for a stronger workforce Read more about the Spring Fiscal Policy Bill Ministry of Finance,…
  • Results of the initiative for the most ill elderly people

    1 Apr 2014 | 12:34 am
    Over 700 people gathered at Stockholm International Fairs in Älvsjö on 25 March when the Government presented the results of its initiative to improve health and social care for the most ill elderly people. The day included both new knowledge and ideas for the future. Results of the initiative for the most ill elderly people Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, 01 April 2014
  • Government newsletter: A Swedish voice in Europe - for peace and freedom

    31 Mar 2014 | 6:49 am
    One hundred years ago, the first of two world wars broke out in Europe. Much has happened since then. The EU has brought the countries of Europe closer together, and brought democracy and prosperity. But even our part of the world can be affected by unrest and conflict, as shown not least by the deeply disturbing developments in Ukraine and Russia in recent weeks. Sweden's role in Europe and the EU is clear: we will use our foreign policy to safeguard peace and freedom - here at home, in Europe and in other parts of the world. Read the Government newsletter The Government, 31 March 2014
  • Additional targeted sanctions on Russia

    24 Mar 2014 | 7:08 am
    In response to the Russian intervention in Crimea, the European Council has agreed on adding a number of names to the previously established sanctions list. These individuals will have their assets frozen and will be subject to entry bans to the EU. The European Council also discussed the EU strategy for jobs and growth. Moreover, the heads of state and government had their first discussion on the new climate and energy goals for 2030. Article: Additional targeted sanctions on Russia Prime Minister's Office, Permanent Representation of Sweden to the European Union, 24 March 2014
  • White Paper on abuses and rights violations of Roma during the 1900s

    24 Mar 2014 | 6:17 am
    The situation of Roma today is linked to history and the discrimination to which many Roma have long been subjected. Knowledge of this history and its connection to the conditions for Roma today is therefore important to the Government's efforts to improve their living conditions. The Government considers that a White Paper that describes this history is an important starting point in strengthening the work on the human rights of Roma. Read more about the White Paper on abuses and rights violations of Roma Fact sheet: White Paper on abuses and rights violations of Roma during the 1900s…
 
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    Sweden News

  • Central Australia readies for the royals

    20 Apr 2014 | 10:41 pm
    About 300 people live in the remote Aboriginal community of Mutitjulu, the closest to Uluru, and visitors need a permit to enter the community.
  • on the Lakes

    20 Apr 2014 | 6:21 pm
    Broholm in collision near Blue Water Bridge 50 years ago. * Half Century: The Swedish freighter Broholm, on its first trip to the Great Lakes, suffered a gash above the waterline, on the starboard side, in a collision on Sept.
  • APUH!: Ett

    20 Apr 2014 | 3:36 am
    Its musicians- saxophonist Adrian A...sling Sellius and drummer Hampus A-hman- FrA lund began working together in 2011 and a year later double bass player Matt Dimming joined, to seal the trio's aesthetic and sound.
  • Blueair and Volvo Car Group Offer Visitors to Bejing Motor Show a Breath of Fresh Indoor Air

    19 Apr 2014 | 11:12 pm
    Stockholm, Sweden, 19 April 2014 Blueair, the world's leading maker of premium indoor air cleaners, and Volvo Car Group are partnering to provide visitors to the 2014 Beijing Auto Show in mid- April a breath of fresh air on the Swedish carmakers stand.
  • 'Letter to a Sick' by Old Kerry McKee

    19 Apr 2014 | 6:53 pm
    Gothenburg, Sweden's folk blues one-man band Old Kerry McKee is gearing up to release the follow up to his landmark full-length album Wooden Songs with a brand new EP titled Letter to a Sick on the HoboRec label.
 
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    home and away

  • 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…
  • This year's last chance to blog

    Ahoy!
    31 Dec 2013 | 6:18 am
    Help! I’m stuck inside a Christmas decoration!Ah, it’s the last day of 2013, and my last chance to write that promised blog entry about something not thesis related! It seems like time has been in fast-forward since November. Many things have been happening, but I just haven’t had the time to sit down and write for myself. I’m taking myself by the collar now though. Just two short reports in the meantime, before I get ready for the New year's celebrations.Hammy birthday to meIn November and in time for my 30th birthday, I passed the exam for my amateur radio license. I didn’t even…
  • I'm baaaack!

    Ahoy!
    1 Dec 2013 | 12:05 pm
    Hey you guys out there in cyberspace!Yes, yet another whole month has gone by, now it's the first of Advent. I have been thinking for weeks that I should write about how wonderful it is to be momentarily) free from the stress of writing my thesis introduction. Is is liberating it is to re-discover projects like cooking and exercise after my month of hermitage, yet it is also strange it is to just sit and wait for comments to come. (They will come, in a seminar this Thursday). I guess I was too busy enjoying myself though — or alternatively, recovering from the college equivalent of "hell…
 
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    The World According to Pia

  • cherry blossom stockholm 2014

    20 Apr 2014 | 2:27 pm
    It's that ol' pink magic time of the year again. Almost a month earlier than last year due to this unusually mild winter we've had. I don't think I have anything to add to the gorgeousness that is cherry blossom trees in bloom, so let's the photos do the talking. I took DSLR photos too, but haven't downloaded them yet, so the iPhone snaps will suffice.
  • easter yellow

    19 Apr 2014 | 2:53 pm
    a very yellow easter eve has contained fabulous yarn - a yarn store is truly like a mesmerizing candy store, better for your health if not for the wallet... i didn't get any of this particular yarn, but i did get some other for a particular project i've decided to begin when i've finished (sigh) the tulip sweater. a special breakfast at a special place held a delightful peach pie,
  • the guardians of the ufo pizza boxes

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:53 pm
    eating pizza is a very rare thing for me. neither body nor mind appreciate the kind of greasiness and lack of long-lasting satisfaction a pizza in general brings. but today the body felt like trying a new place. and pizza. turned out to be the largest pizza i've ever seen. a pizza ufo. alas it wasn't very good. thin crust but too greasy, too much cheese and the vegetables from a jar.
  • speckled egg nailpolish

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:15 pm
    This spectacular nailpolish actually shows the power of social media. Albeit a more superficial part of it, but still. Hadn't I seen a fabulous snap of it on Instagram I would never (probably) have known there was such a grand thing a speckled egg nailpolish. A UK brand not sold in Sweden (yet) called Models Own, very affordable prices though alas Boot's doesn't ship to Sweden. But the gal who
  • spy wednesday thoughts

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:03 pm
    it's been a colourful week so far, in many ways. which always is a grand thing. busyness and slowness due to the fact that a lot of people seem to have easter holidays this week (schools are closed in sweden). though most will have a long, glorious weekend from tomorrow thursday. (that is those of us who don't do brocken.) myself i will spend most of easter weekend working, which i
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    Swedish Language Blog

  • The peculiar Swedish “k”

    Steve
    28 Mar 2014 | 11:18 am
    Hejsan! I’ve had a lot going on for the past weeks so haven’t managed to finish editing my latest video until now. It’s called “The cat who drove the refrigerator into the church” and is about the Swedish letter “k”. “K”, in Swedish, is a peculiar letter that can be pronounced in (basically) two different ways. (If you’re a hardcore linguist, then that number is actually higher, but there’s no use in confusing you if you’re not!) Here’s the video. My suggestion is to watch it first and then review with the rest of…
  • Democracy in Sweden

    Marcus Cederström
    26 Mar 2014 | 1:03 pm
    It’s been a while since we talked about Swedish culture. It’s been grammar heavy lately, which is obviously important when learning a language, but when studying a language, it’s also important to understand what is happening culturally in a country. That includes the good things (like delicious Swedish candy and amazing Swedish movies and wonderful Swedish nature) to the not so good things (like racism and the rise of the extreme right). And so, let’s talk about some of the not so good things. And if you want some Swedish work, you can practice your reading skills if you follow the…
  • Swedish with Steve Returns to Life

    Steve
    3 Mar 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Hej, dear readers! On the 10th of June, 2011, I posted my last Swedish language video, a review of my series Swedish with Steve, here on the Transparent Swedish Blog. It was my final year of high school and I was planning a return back to Sweden to study Swedish at university level. My plans ended up working out – albeit after a particularly high level of uncertainty and confusion – and in three months from now, I will finally be a Bachelor of Swedish and Nordic Languages! The reason why I stopped making videos was so I could focus on my studies and realize this dream. I have now…
  • What an Ugly Baby! Exclaiming in Swedish

    Marcus Cederström
    28 Feb 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Admit it. You’ve been on Facebook and thought the exact same thing as everyone starts fawning over the newest addition to your world. It happens. Don’t be ashamed. But don’t say it out loud either. Unless you can say it in another language that the parents might not understand. Like Swedish. So let’s learn how to make exclamatory proclamations like “what an ugly baby!” Just like in English, we can exclaim our surprise or love or disdain or whatever in Swedish using the “what a/n” or “how adjective” form. It’s really pretty straightforward. We can choose between vad or…
  • Än or Ännu?

    Marcus Cederström
    11 Feb 2014 | 12:57 pm
    This is one of those questions that seems relatively simple, when should you use än and when should you use ännu? Or are they just the same word? Quick answer, when än acts as an adverb the two words can generally be considered synonyms and you can usually switch between the two, so feel free to use ännu. Or use än if you prefer. And no. If that’s all you need, you’re good to go. Feel free to continue reading about the Swedish language here on the site. If you want just a little more detail, keep reading. The word än can be an adverb (Klockan är inte fem än), a conjunction (Jag…
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    Photos From Haninge

  • The Rastaman

    19 Apr 2014 | 3:49 pm
    I spotted the Dreadlocks from far away and knew that I had to stop for a chat and take a portrait of the Rastaman. The last time Micke cut his hair was back in 1997. He lives his life in the Rastafari lifestyle. I have seen him before, he usually wears a big rasta hat. He lives in Jordbro and works for the municipality. Oh, and he washes his hair twice a week.
  • The Harley Guys

    19 Apr 2014 | 9:16 am
    We had the warmest day of the year so far today. I'm guessing around 15C. This is Linkan, (whom you have met here before), and his neighbour and friend Martin (Yellow Fat Boy). They took advantage of the great weather and took out their Harley's for a ride.
  • Munching Away

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:58 am
    This Roe deer was busy eating windflowers when I spotted it a few minutes ago. Supposedly poisonous, but not if you are careful apparently.
  • Got Any Bread Crumbs?

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:40 am
    I was busy in the kitchen doing the dishes just now when I noticed a movement in the back garden. It was a blue tit (Blåmes), landing on a tree branch. It sat there for a while trying it's best to make me toss out some bread crumbs. Instead I fetched the camera.
  • Don't look at the ugly wooden bridge...

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:02 am
    ...look at the hillside behind it. If you do you will notice a runic inscription that dates back to the Viking Age. It was discovered by Harry Runqvist back in 1964. It has been named Runmarsvreten. The inscription was probably carved by the runemaster Halvdan 1000 years ago. It reads ku...--- I...kuna + l(?)u + hakua + stain + þina + auk + buru + þ...-a + ib(?)............... sina. I don't think you can understand the runic alphabet so translated to English it says, Gunne had the stone made, and also the bridge. That bridge is long gone and the ugly bridge you see here is brand new! You…
 
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    Anne's Food

  • Chicken Mole

    21 Apr 2014 | 1:05 am
    Chicken Mole is not something I'd really imagined cooking. All I know about it is that it's pretty complicated, and everyone has their own favorite way of doing it. However, I wanted a chicken dish for a tex-feast with my friends, and this recipe looked so tempting. It's not very complicated, but it DID cause a lot of clean-up. And be super careful as you'll be mixing hot liquids - my food processor was NOT up to the task, spraying the whole kitchen with hot chicken stock. I'd have to resort to my trusty immersion blender instead.Chicken Mole3 tbsp neutral cooking oil (divided) 2…
  • Darth Vader Chocolate Cupcakes

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:37 am
    It was a cold, windy Sunday afternoon. We were all, more or less, bored. Husband was engrossed in some sort of online game, all I really wanted was to watch the latest episode of Pretty Little Liars, and the kids.. well, they just wanted to do something. Ideally something involving something sweet to eat, and/or making a mess.So, how about baking something? I pulled out a new-to-me cookbook, Flour by Joanne Chang, and flipped the pages until I landed on her Chocolate Cupcakes. We quickly decided to skip frosting - these looked sweet and decadent enough on their own anyway. (So I guess maybe…
  • And the juicer goes to...

    12 Apr 2014 | 12:38 am
    I'm so glad for all the comments on your juice habits! I wish I had way more juicers to giveaway instead of just one, but I promise I'll try to hold a lot more giveaways on the blog later on.  This time, the winner is Anna - or really her daughter Alva. Congratulations Alva, and I hope this means many cool juice creations for your family!We're having a lazy Saturday today - me and my little ice cream monsters. Happy weekend everyone!© Anne's Food, all rights reserved.
  • I love juice - plus a giveaway!

    5 Apr 2014 | 5:15 am
    Juicing is really trendy in Sweden, and the juicer was declared christmas gift of the year, a few months ago. I've owned several juicers, and have honesty ended up giving them away - they're pretty bulky and I never got into the habit. I like juice, but mostly have it for weekend breakfasts.My favorite is made by Brämhults, and it's a blend of oranges and strawberries. Tart, sweet and delicious! They also make one with strawberries and lime, that makes a very good base for a smoothie! And my husband, preferring citrus, loves their seasonal orange/clementine juice. They make veggie juices…
  • Mango Avocado Salsa

    3 Apr 2014 | 4:10 am
    I love avocado, and since I disovered Picard's frozen mango slices, I love mango, too. Well, I love mango in general, but it's hard to come by perfectly ripe fresh mango here in Sweden and I find them a pain to peel and dice. Picard's mango is perfect - it's obviously frozen at it's peak and is super flavorful.This little salsa is just great -  great on it's own, or with a larger meal.Mango Avocado Salsa1 ripe mango, diced1 avocado, diced2 tomatoes, de-seeded and diced1 red chili, finely chopped1 garlic clove, minced2 scallions, thinly sliced1 lime, juiced1 tsp brown sugar1 tbsp olive…
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    Daniel´s birdblog

  • 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!
  • Great Greys showing occasionally

    8 Apr 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Great Grey Owls are still a bit difficult to see, but a pair have been showing, even mating in public and several others have been heard so we believe in a strong season for these enigmatic birds. Göran Ljunggren got this picture the other day. See more of his excellent work on www.trut.se
  • Lynx on Goshawk

    27 Mar 2014 | 6:30 am
    A Northern Lynx has been visiting the Birdsafarisweden Goshawk feeding station in the Black River Valley, central Sweden 4 times this week. Filmed by auto-cam. March 2014. https://www.youtube.com/watch? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvUdzVvIbPI&feature=youtu.be
  • Caspian Plover - a first for Sweden

    26 Mar 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Yesterday a Caspian Plover (Charadrius asiaticus) was found on Mörkö, Södermanland (roughly 60 km south of Stockholm). The bird was present throughout today as well feeding actively in the same field allowing views down to 25-30 meters. This is the first record in Sweden and only the day before yesterday one (same?) bird was seen in Finland. This Asian bird is very rare in Europe and one bird was also seen in Holland in january this year.
  • Hawk Owls linger

    6 Mar 2014 | 3:03 am
    Even if spring have arrived to these latitudes, Northern Hawk owls - normally a winter visitor - seem to linger in the area. One bird was reported today. This one I photographed last week.
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    Swedish Golf Online

  • Playing in a Broccoli Forest

    Gene Oberto
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:32 pm
    Golf Platja de pals  is a beauty built by the legendary designer, F.W. Hawtree. Built out of a Mediterranean Pine forest planted 70 years ago, Platja de pals is truly a unique piece of land. Each hole is framed by mature pines with huge canopies on top of tall trees trunks. It’s like some psychedelic dream in which you’re playing golf in a forest of broccoli sprouts. Except these “sprouts” give off a sound that resonates as “whack.” There is also “whack-whack” and the dreaded “whack-whack-whack…” Hawtree did a remarkable job with his design. There are some…
  • Professional….Thy Name is Peter

    Gene Oberto
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:56 pm
  • Bro-Balsta Golf Club

    Gene Oberto
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:37 pm
    OK, easy call, I know. This is the course where Annika Sörenstam decided to take up golf as a junior. The rest, as they say is history. Sörenstam is arguably the best woman golfer ever, but is without argument the most successful professional golfer that Sweden has ever produced. But the reason for the inclusion of Bro-Balsta is not the course’s famous protégé. Famed Swedish course designer, Peter Nordwall, designed Bro-Balsta. Nordwall’s principle in designing with environmental concerns is showcased as Bro-Balsta is naturally placed in beautiful surroundings. Another characteristic…
  • Overview of Golf Play in Sweden

    Gene Oberto
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:19 pm
    Sweden is one of the best countries to play golf. The season, generally, runs between May and October. Sweden has many excellent golfing venues, some of them are world class golf courses by architects like Robert Trent Jones II, Jack Nicklaus and Kyle Phillips and native Swedish designers like Nordwell, Nordstrom, Linne and Chamberlain. Swedish golf courses are a treat for golfers. Swedish golf courses will not only give you a challenging game, they also represent the countryside in which they reside as if Nature shaped the golf course through eons of ice, wind and snow and the human…
  • No Tiger…No Golf

    Gene Oberto
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:01 pm
    The Masters offered a peek at what golf will look like once Woods fully fades out of contention—and with golf participation dropping and no “next Tiger” solidly in place, the outlook is grim.  - Jake Simpson, The Atlantic A quote from a piece that paints a grim picture for golf after Tiger is (finally) no longer a factor in  competition. Unless there is some one on the horizon, or players like McIlroy step up (a lot). In addition, the Masters’ TV audience was down significantly. The 2014 Masters got a 7.8 rating for Sunday’s final round, meaning that just 7.8 percent…
 
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