It’s Valborg today!

Valborg 2012

Happy Valborg! Valborg is the name of the 30th of April in Sweden. In Sweden, this is celebrated by lighting bonfires (majbrasor) all around the country in the evening, and people gather to watch the bonfires. Some places have fireworks (fyrverkerier). Once the bonfire is lit, it is traditional for a men’s choir (manskör) to … Read moreIt’s Valborg today!

Who let the cows out? Kosläpp season starts now

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Kosläpp In Sweden, we do appreciate signs of spring (vårtecken). It could be spotting the first tussilago, listening to the dripping sound of melting snow, or visiting art galleries when they open for the season. Another fun and enjoyable vårtecken is that of kosläpp. Throughout April and May in Sweden, there will be kosläpp on many … Read moreWho let the cows out? Kosläpp season starts now

95 ways of saying ‘rubbing snow in someone’s face’

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A common conception is that Eskimos have over 100 words for snow, as they have so much snow in their everyday lives. By the looks of things, Swedes spend the whole winters rubbing snow in each others’ faces – at least judging by a survey a few years ago that found 95 ways of saying … Read more95 ways of saying ‘rubbing snow in someone’s face’

Interview with a Swedish learner – James

Learning Swedish – interview with a learner James is a radiographer working in an NHS hospital in the UK. He was raised in Southport, Lancashire, but currently lives in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, UK, but he is hoping on finding work in Sweden in the not-too-distant future. James likes to ride his bicycles a lot and successfully completed Vätternrundan, a 180 mile … Read moreInterview with a Swedish learner – James

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

Redo för ett nytt år!

Hej alla! Gott Nytt 2013! I hope you have all had a nice relaxing time and are ready to get back into your svenskalektioner again? I have just got back from 10 days in Sweden – Stockholm and mainly Dalarna – and I am really excited about getting started again with lessons this year and … Read moreRedo för ett nytt år!

See Northern Lights in Sweden

The Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis, or Norrsken/Polarsken in Swedish), is the natural light display in the sky particularly in the high northern latitude regions. It happens due to the collision of energetic charged particles with atoms in the high altitude atmosphere. The result is stunning. In Sweden, one of the best places to catch a glimpse of … Read moreSee Northern Lights in Sweden