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  • Lunch in the Park

    A Swedish American in Sweden
    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…
  • Dogs and houses: Swedish gender and articles

    Swedish Language Blog
    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”

    Swedish Language Blog
    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…
  • Sweatpants and Swedish Fashion

    A Swedish American in Sweden
    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…
  • 'Sweden's Riksbank will cut key rate again in uncharted new political landscape'

    News
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:47 am
    SEB sees continued recovery but also greater downside risks in its latest Nordic Outlook, stating that the Riksbank will cut key rate again in uncharted new political landscape.• Sweden's red-green opposition hold solid lead
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    The Local

  • Ten false friends in the Swedish language

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Never, ever take the Swedish language at face value. This is a language where "puss" means "kiss" and "kiss" means "pee". And that's just the beginning...
  • Sami museum hit in suspected tear gas attack

    27 Aug 2014 | 1:14 pm
    The Sami museum in northern Sweden had to be evacuated after two attackers sprayed an unknown substance which left several people violently ill.
  • Roma advocate scoops Wallenberg prize

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:35 pm
    A Roma man has been hailed as "inspirational" after scooping this year's Raoul Wallenberg Prize for setting up an organization to help stamp out racism against the community.
  • Goverment keen on Nato forces in Sweden

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:50 am
    Nato will soon be able to deploy military forces to Sweden with the government likely to sign an agreement with the military alliance this week, but an expert told The Local that full membership remains unlikely.
  • Beggar hit in exhaust fume 'attack'

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:04 am
    A beggar in southern Sweden was forced to flee in terror after she was enveloped with thick black smoke, part of an apparent attack that was captured on video and spread via social media.
 
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    News from the Swedish Government

  • 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
  • International conference on lessons from the financial crisis

    7 Aug 2014 | 5:59 am
    On 11 August, the Ministry of Finance held an international conference entitled 'The Great Recession - Moving Ahead'. Researchers and civil servants attended to exchange experiences and lessons learnt from the serious financial and economic crisis the world economy has undergone. Speakers included Stanley Fischer of the Federal Reserve, Carmen Reinhart of the Harvard Kennedy School and Frank Smets of the European Central Bank. More about the conference, presentation slides etc Ministry of Finance, 07 August 2014
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    Sweden News latest RSS headlines - Sweden News.net

  • Whooping cough alert after two infants die

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:53 am
    The Swedish Public Health Agency has urged parents to be aware of the dangers of the infectious whooping cough disease after two babies have recently died from the ...
  • Chuck Berry wins 2014 Polar music prize

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:53 am
    The Polar music prizes were handed out in Stockholm on Tuesday night, with Chuck Berry and theatre director Peter Sellars sharing one million kronor ($153,000) in ...
  • $50000 of HSU funds for Saab inquiry

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:50 am
    The ex-husband of whistleblower Kathy Jackson says he received $50,000 from the union she controlled as part of a divorce settlement, a royal commission into union corruption has heard. Jeff ...
  • MTA investigates operator of wayward A train

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:34 am
    The operator of an A train that traveled the wrong way on downtown tracks two weeks ago met with NYC Transit investigators Tuesday and handed in her radio for inspection, according to a union ...
  • Five free things to do in Stockholm

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:25 am
    There are plenty of ways to spend your money in Stockholm, one of Europe's most expensive cities. A dinner or even just a drink can set you back more than you expected. Luckily, the Swedish ...
 
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    Sweden News

  • St. Joseph Church recognized by PA State House of Representatives

    27 Aug 2014 | 5:23 am
    PA State Representative Will Tallman presented a citation from the State of PA House of Representatives to St. Joseph Parish pastor, Msgr.
  • Chuck Berry, Peter Sellars Honored with Sweden's Polar Music Prize

    27 Aug 2014 | 1:23 am
    Rock 'n' roll pioneer Chuck Berry and opera director Peter Sellars have been awarded the 2014 Polar Music Prize during a ceremony Tuesday in Stockholm.
  • TitanX Celebrates 100 Years

    26 Aug 2014 | 11:18 pm
    On Tuesday, the TitanX's Jamestown plant celebrated its 100th anniversary by talking about its expanding future.
  • Continue Reading

    26 Aug 2014 | 7:18 pm
    August 25, 2014: Clean, efficient and quiet drive for urban applications Cab: modern design, ergonomic and perfect for the job Econic chassis: adaptable with excellent body-mounting ability It was just one year ago that the Econic underwent a comprehensive upgrade with new diesel engines as well as a new suspension, frame, electronics and a revised ... (more)
  • Arby's adds 'Meat Mountain' as secret menu item

    26 Aug 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Hundreds of travelers on the road to Burning Man in their quest for oneness with nature and celebration of self-expression on a peaceful playa in northern Nevada's desert didn't expect to spend their first... Ah, Burning Man, the annual weeklong rave that draws thousands of free-thinkers to a remote spot in the Nevada desert.
 
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    The World According to Pia

  • colourful bird clothespins

    26 Aug 2014 | 2:07 pm
    It's a well-known fact that Sisyphean tasks are much easier to perform with fun tools and great products involved. In the case of doing laundry I'm now well chuffed to report that I have a bunch of very sweet bird clothespins from fabulous, colourful Danish interior design and accessories company Rice to spice the laundry thing up. I've been oogling them for years but never gotten around to the
  • the prettiest of beans

    25 Aug 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Got these pretty beans from my sister who grows plenty of vegetables at her country cottage. I have yet to taste them, but I'm thinking a salad with wild-rice and other colourful vegetables would be perfect for them to play a part of. I'm sure they'll taste great, how could they not? Especially after having been thoroughly inspected by another pair of pretty sister beans (bet you haven't
  • why movies are better watched at home

    24 Aug 2014 | 2:41 pm
    What begin as "let's go to the movies and watch 'The trip to Italy'" ended with a weekend of movies on DVD/TV. Because when it rains it pours and with not being in the best of moods at the moment I prefer doing movies at home, in sofa, with snacks and as many cups of tea as I want. And toilet breaks. And cats present. So from snacks inspecting - you know the rule, if you eat plenty of
  • last chance saloon

    23 Aug 2014 | 2:45 pm
    I hereby proudly admit to having finished a brick of a book in a couple of weeks. So so many years since that happened. Too many years. The reading  mojo might indeed be back. The book in question was neither Pessl nor Rowling, because those two do not get me in a good mood for a decent night's sleep. But read through they'll be, one of these days. No the book I finished was one of the
  • indoors outdoors feline triptych

    22 Aug 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Should I stay or should I go, indoors or outdoors, that is the question du jour.Outdoors one might have to share bench with sister red and that just would not do.And indoors are you.
 
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    A Swedish American in Sweden

  • 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…
  • Home, Sweet Stockholm Home

    Hairy Swede
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:09 am
    It’s been over a week now. I am, once again, registered as a Swede living in Stockholm. Everything still feels new and familiar. Like I’ve never walked these streets a thousand times. Like there aren’t memories around each and every corner. Some that I desperately hold on to and others that I desperately try to forget. Both with varying degrees of success. Friends are older now. Married now. Divorced now. Parents now. I am only one of those things.It’s always strange coming back to a place you once called home. And Stockholm was home for a solid few years of my life. I managed to work…
  • Underground Showers

    Hairy Swede
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:34 am
    The average Swedish male is 182cm tall. That’s five feet eleven and a half inches. The average Hairy Swede is 189cm tall. That’s six feet two and a half inches. I am not a giant. However, I’m apparently too tall for my shower. Not the shower head, mind you. The actual room in which the shower is located.I’m living in a very old building. It’s a nice building. It’s one of those historically marked buildings, which makes changing anything a challenge. It has character is probably the euphemistic way of putting it. But most things seem to work. The apartment itself is nice. Very few…
  • Election Season 2014 in Sweden

    Hairy Swede
    8 Aug 2014 | 8:03 am
    I landed in Copenhagen on Monday. After a train ride, I finally made it to Sweden.  I’m down in southern Sweden for a few more days before heading to Stockholm. With about a year in Sweden in front of me I had a few things to take care of. One of which was getting a cell phone set up. The number I have had for nearly ten years was unceremoniously taken from me. With good reason, I suppose. It had been over a year since I had used it. So it goes.But I would like to be able to contact people, so I headed in to Helsingborg and with no trouble at all had a new Swedish phone number.
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    Swedish Language Blog

  • 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…
  • 15 Swedish Nouns for the World Cup

    Marcus Cederström
    13 Jun 2014 | 9:44 am
    The World Cup started yesterday in Brazil. There have been protests in the year leading up to the start of the tournament and there are sure to be more. While there is plenty to be said about all that has gone on politically, this post is going to focus instead on the soccer being played. Or at least the Swedish nouns describing the soccer being played. The FIFA World Cup is known in Sweden as Världsmästerskapet i fotboll or Fotbolls-VM. That translates as the World Championship of Soccer/Football. The Swedish men’s team has never won the World Cup, although, the last time Sweden hosted…
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    Photos From Haninge

  • Facial Expressions

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:25 am
    Always fun to do a bit of people watching. This snap is from last Saturday. The Haninge Day took place near the mall. I had taken a candid photo of the hugging couple a little earlier. I think they spotted me both times.
  • Linda Pira & The Salazar Brothers

    26 Aug 2014 | 6:38 am
    Linda Pira & The Salazar Brothers performing on the big stage during Haninge Day. Linda is a rapper who won the Grammis Awards of 2014 for Newcomer of the year. Not my music but as I was there I decided to check it out.
  • The Sweden Finns

    25 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    A new band performed their first ever gig during the Haninge Day on Saturday. Sverigefinnarna. Translated that would mean The Sweden Finns. They have an interesting line-up. The drummer, Harri Mänty, is the former guitarist in Sweden's most popular band over the last 15 years, Kent. The singer, Markus Fagerwall, won the Swedish version of Idol back in 2006. The bass player, Heikki Kiviaho, has worked as a producer to several big names. And he was a punk rocker back in the late 1970s in his home town of Eskilstuna. The last member of the band is his brother Hannu Kiviaho, nick named Fatboy,…
  • The first annual Kulturparksfestival

    24 Aug 2014 | 11:08 am
    In an effort to save the old Folkpark in Handen, a few local organisations, Levande Zon, RoJteatern,Handens museum and ABF Södertörn decided to set up a cultural festival with rock music, dance music, theatre and more at a fe different scenes on Saturday evening. It only took a few weeks, and yesterday saw the first (annual?), Kulturparksfestival. I was there for a couple of hours and here is a slideshow with 24 photos. Photos of the bands Ban Bianca and Smash playing at Gula Villan. A street performer known as Mr. Pink. And An American singer&songwriter called Esther Rose Parkes performing…
  • The Tennis Oracle

    23 Aug 2014 | 11:37 am
    This is Björn Hellberg. A living oracle when it comes to tennis. He knows every fact of every game set and match ever played (more or less). He hasn't missed a Wimbledon tournament for nearly 50 years. He is a sport journalist, and also a well known author. He has written a biography about Björn Borg. These days he is also a very popular crime writer, and has written 25 novels. He was busy at a book signing when I spotted him in the mall in Handen today. But in general he is best known for a TV show called På Spåret. It is a very popular quiz show about geography. He competed four times…
 
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    Anne's Food

  • 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…
  • Red Quinoa Salad with Sesame-Honey Dressing

    7 Aug 2014 | 11:05 pm
    We've been away for almost two weeks this summer. It's been very nice and a lot of fun - but I sure haven't been cooking much. We've relied on super-quick dinners, like hot dogs, to make sure the kids would eat. Boring. And when I got home, I was craving veggies, and craving cooking.So I saw this shared on facebook, from the often-inspiring Two Peas and their Pod. I changed some things, but pretty much went with it. We ate some meat with it - pan-fried pork - but it's a good meal in itself. You could serve it along side chicken or fish too, though... or add some avocado.. or feta cheese..
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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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