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Advent calendar 2020: 15. How did the Advent calendar actually come about?

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Advent calendar 2020: 15. Advent calendar

With 10 days to Christmas, it might be a good idea to look how the advent calendar came about. 19th century German Christians started to develop traditions in timekeeping towards Christmas. In 1851, the first prototype of the Advent calendar appeared—German Protestants started to hang one picture per day on the wall, until Christmas Eve,…...

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Advent calendar 2020: 14. Nobel Week Lights

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Advent calendar 2020: 14. Nobel Week Lights

Alfred Nobel died on 10 December 1896, the anniversary of which became Alfred Nobel Day, the day on which the Nobel Prizes are awarded in Stockholm and Oslo. Nobel Prize Outreach, the public promotion organisation for Nobel Foundation, organises the Nobel Week with events, such as lectures, to connect and engage with the public in…...

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Advent calendar 2020: 11. Aurora borealis in the north of Sweden

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Advent calendar 2020: 11. Aurora in northern Sweden

Sweden is a northern country. It has significant territory inside the Arctic Circle, and aurora can often be seen in winter. Aurora is caused by the interaction between Earth’s magnetic field, atmosphere, and solar wind. Aurora borealis is the aurora of the north; it usually appears at latitudes of around 70-80 degrees north, although occasional…...

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Advent calendar 2020: 10. Norrköping

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Advent calendar 2020: 10. Norrköping, Sweden

Norrköping is an industrial town to the southwest of Stockholm, around 1.5 hours by train. Situated on the rapids of the Motala River (Motala ström), Norrköping has boasted many factories and mills for centuries. The suffix -köping indicates the city has been a traditional market place since its early days. Norrköping has a population of…...

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Swedish university admissions for autumn 2021 will close on 15 January

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Apply before 15 January for autumn 2021 admissions to Swedish universities

It’s the time of the year to apply for Swedish universities! Admissions for autumn 2021 will close on 15 January. Apply on universityadmissions.se. Read more about studying in Sweden. Important dates There are two rounds of admissions. The first round ends on 15 January: Applications opened: 16 October 2020 Deadline: 15 January 2021 Pay application…...

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Advent calendar 2020: 8. Falu gruva, a copper mine in Falun

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Advent calendar 2020: 8. Falu gruva

Sweden is very abundant with natural resources, such as copper, iron, gold and wood. Copper, in particular, has been the focus of the mining industry of Dalarna and Bergslagen, regions to the northwest of Stockholm. Falu gruva is probably the most famous copper mine in Sweden. Since the 8th or 9th century, copper has been…...