10 unmissable bars in Stockholm

Want some tips on where to go for a drink in Stockholm? The following list includes 10 bars, courtesy of The Local: http://www.thelocal.se/20150429/ten-unmissable-outdoor-bars-in-stockholm 1. Södra Teatern and Mosebacke, Södermalm 2. Mälarpaviljongen, Kungsholmen 3. Orangeriet, Kungsholmen 4. Rosendals Trädgård, Djurgården 5. Josefina, Djurgården 6. Nosh and Chow, Östermalm 7. Piren, Kungsholmen 8. Pharmarium, Gamla Stan 9. Berns, … Read more10 unmissable bars in Stockholm

Swedish vs. British weddings

One of my students, who has been to numerous Swedish weddings, has written this brilliant (and, of course, subjective) reflection on Swedish vs British weddings, which she has kindly agreed for me to share. Pictures (apart from last one) by http://www.evaberonius.se  Swedish vs. British Weddings The Ceremony In the UK: A church ceremony typically lasts up … Read moreSwedish vs. British weddings

Lucia – classic Swedish tradition, or sexist popularity contest?

Today, many Swedish schools will celebrate Lucia. Well-known as a a very typical tradition in Sweden, the day (which is actually the 13th of Dec) commemorates Saint Lucy – a Christian martyr who died during the Diocletianic Persecution. But as the date is also close to winter solstice it has become a festival of light. However, lately … Read moreLucia – classic Swedish tradition, or sexist popularity contest?

The Bridge, Nordicana and Scandimania

I think there is a current obsession about everything Scandi this weekend! Last night saw the finale of series 2 of The Bridge – the Swedish/Danish crime drama set in Malmö and Copenhagen. The series has attracted a considerable amount of praise in media, with many journalists and reviewers comparing it to The Wire and … Read moreThe Bridge, Nordicana and Scandimania

Interview with a Swedish learner – Ben

Ben, born in 1970, is from the east coast of the United States. In 2000, a half year after meeting a Dutch woman while both were biking around Ireland (in opposite directions!), he moved to the Netherlands. Within a few months they were married, raising her two young children together and he was speaking Dutch. Twelve years … Read moreInterview with a Swedish learner – Ben