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Advent calendar 2020: 4. Kanelbulle

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Advent calendar 2020: 4. Kanelbulle

When we talk about the national dish of Sweden, things like köttbullar (meatballs) and surströmming (fermented fish) come to mind. But when it comes to snacks, kanelbulle (cinnamon bun) is probably one of the most frequently seen. Kanelbullar are usually in a whirlpool shape, and eaten at a fika with black coffee, together with friends…...

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Advent calendar 2020: 3. Helsingborg, Sweden

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Advent calendar 2020: 3. Helsingborg, Sweden 瑞典赫爾辛堡

Helsingborg, a Scanian city on the east coast of the Sound (Öresund), is the nearest point of Sweden to Denmark (4 km to Elsinore/Helsingør). Helsing means “neck” (compare with the modern Swedish word hals), which is why the name is similar on both sides of the narrow Sound; similarly named places include the province of…...

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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…...

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Sports & culture to get exemption from coronavirus restrictions, Swedish government suggests

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O-Ringen Orienteering Competition in Boden, Sweden 2013

The COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected the livelihood of those in the sports and culture industries. Currently, public activities with over 50 people are forbidden in Sweden, and consequently sports and culture are at a standstill, threatening livelihoods for many workers and entrepreneurs in the industries. After petitions from clubs, federations, artists, companies and many…...

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Sweden suggests new tax for plastics cups and packaging from November 2021

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以膠杯盛載嘅珍珠奶茶 Bubble tea in plastic cup

The Swedish government proposes new legislation for a plastic tax, applicable to one-time plastic cups and food packaging. Each plastic cup will cost 5 kronor more, while each food packaging will be taxed 7 kronor. Food that must be packed using one-time plastics, such as yoghurt, will be exempted. Non-biodegradable plastics are a major threat…...