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A Swedish Midsummer!

..music, dance and the long hours of sunlight and joy. Is there anything prettier than Swedish Midsummer? Is there anything more Swedish than a maypole? 'Svensk Midsommar' - the traditions, the table and a selection of the most popular recipes. More»


The first Sunday of Advent is just as important as Lucia in Sweden. Advent - the four weeks leading up to Christmas. More»

The American Thanksgiving

Our 151st Thanksgiving in the U.S. For our readers outside the U.S., here’s a brief history of the American Thanksgiving: More»

Happy 'Scandinavian' Thanksgiving in America!

The fourth Thursday of each November is a time of migration all over the United States. More»

A Swedish Easter, the start of Holy Week

The symbols, the food, the traditions, starting on Palm Sunday. More»

The quick and easy Glogg Party

Any of the four Sundays of Advent is a perfect excuse for putting together your own party. More»

6:e Juni, Nationaldagen

Sweden's National Day is June 6. Only since the early 20th century has it been considered the Day of the Swedish Flag, becoming a national holiday as late as 2004. More»

Easter or Påsk, a Swedish tradition of traditions

Wherever you are and on FaceTime, Zoom, Skype or phone, wishing you and yours a safe and healthy, happy Easter. More»

Preparing for Easter

The holy days before Easter have a unique history in Sweden. More»

Tomasdagen, Tomas Day, Dec. 21.

Christmas stalks, market day and beer: In the old days Tomas Day, December 21, was an important way station. More»

Swedish Lucia, the Queen of Light

The Lucia celebration is something that Swedes themselves, and also the rest of the world consider as the most typical Swedish tradition. More»

Glad Första Advent - Happy First of Advent!

Second only to Sankta Lucia, after Christmas itself, is the time spent in preparation for this important holiday season - during what's known as Advent. More»

Hunting: Sweden's living heritage

Swedes gear up for hunting season. As the summer comes to an end, fall inevitably draws nearer, and with fall comes the hunting season. The moose hunt is usually front-page news in Sweden when it begins in different parts of the country from early October. Almost 300,000 camouflaged Swedes – including the Swedish king! – migrate to the forests. More»

The gun, the dog and the thermos

Culture and hunting in Sweden and the United States More»

Swedish traditions: 'Kraftskivan' - your own crayfish party

Crayfish, crawfish, in Swedish simply kraftor [kr'ef:tor] Checklist, how to create your own. More»