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Advent calendar 2020: 16. Gävle goat

Advent calendar 2020: 16. Gävle goat

The Gävle goat (Gävlebocken) stands every year in December in the city of Gävle, 1.5 hours by train north of Stockholm.

The goat is built by a local merchants organisation every year, and inaugurated on the first day of Advent (usually late November or early December). The goat appeared for the first time in 1966.

It’s a common target for arson; it has been damaged 37 times during the last 54 years. Therefore, a common discussion topic in Sweden is to guess whether the Gävle goat will survive the month; there are even bookmakers who will accept bets on this topic.

So far this year, the goat is still standing. You can check the status of the goat through this official webcam.