I am a curious person, so when I stumbled on a list of things that american people thinks is true about what life in Sweden is like, I read it.
And no surprises really. Meatballs and Ikea. Abba. Cold. Got it.
And there are a few things that almost always are thought about Sweden. So what is actually true?
Did you know it is the Chocolate ball day today? (In Swedish chokladbollens dag.) No? You have missed it?
Well, to tell you the truth, I am not surprised. I did not know it either until it turned up in my twitter feed. But hey, a fika is never wrong. 🙂 Continue reading
Sunrise in Stockholm, Sweden.
This week we had some sunny days in Stockholm. And finally I see the light coming back after a dark winter. And I have so missed the light! Why are we Swedes so fixated on daylight? Let me try to explain. Continue reading
Every language has them, at least I think so. Those words that are simple and everyone understands what they mean. But when trying to translate them to another language it becomes obvious you need so many more words. So let’s look at some awesome Swedish words. Continue reading
Christmas decorations probably look different all around the world. There are a few things I think are typical for Swedish christmas decor.
It is Nobel week in Stockholm. On Saturday, it is the day for the ceremony and the banquet in the city hall. So I thought I would take the chance and tell you a bit about one of the finest awards in the world: The Nobel prize.
The banquet, 2015.
Today I went to Ikea. I have a store very close to me, only a 15 minute drive away, and go maybe a few times a year if I need something for the home.
Ikea is one of the things many think of when you talk about Sweden. That and Abba, I think. But what is true about Ikea really?
We Swedes take our coffee seriously. And we are very particular about how we like it. But having coffee is not a “fika”, so let me tell you about the Swedish fika. Continue reading
You might think we swedes would be used to snow. Well, not so much as it turns out. At least not crazy November snow.
This was the view from my living room window yesterday. Everything was white.
I think it’s the most swedish of all the swedish traditions. Pickled herring.
In my family, it is always served on Christmas and Midsummer, and it can even be present during Easter. Continue reading