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Advent calendar 2020: 21 – Dalahäst (Dala horse)

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Advent calendar 2020 - 21: Dala horse

The Dala horse is probably one of Sweden’s best recognised souvenirs. The red wooden horses come from the province of Dalarna, northwest of Stockholm. The Dala horse came originally from the village of Nusnäs near Mora (4 hours by train from Stockholm). Originally a by-product of the furniture industry in the area, it started to…...

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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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Slussen Golden Bridge opens today, part of Stockholm hallmark project

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The new Golden Bridge (Guldbron) at Slussen will open this morning (26th) for vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians. The bridge is part of the New Slussen project, construction of which started in 2016. The whole project will finish in 2025, creating a brand new public space for Stockholm. King Carl XVI Gustav opened the bridge in…...

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7 tips to help you get the most of your study life in Sweden

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開學啦! 瑞典讀書生活貼士

Congratulations for all of you who got a place to study in Sweden! Here are some tips to help you get started with life in this beautiful Nordic country: 1. Take note of your course outlines—you might be able to skip some lessons Your course outlines are not just about formalities; they contain important information…...

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What’s Allemansrätten? Understanding the Swedish right to roam

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Allemansrätten in Sweden 瑞典郊野公共路權

You might have heard of allemansrätten, or seen the name on IKEA’s packed sauces. The name literally means “everyman’s right”, and is an important part of Swedish outdoor culture. The right to roam is ancient and traditional, and codified into law in the 20th century. It’s even added to the constitution (grundlagen) in 1994. What…...