Is there such a thing as something genuinely Swedish?

With the winter solstice around the corner and the streets waiting for snow glistening like Christmas cards, the Swedes are turning inwards, in space and time. Knowing there is no way we can overcome the darkness, we embrace it. We collect and bring home warming fragrances of citrus, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, saffron, conifer needles. Stars […]

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Christmas in Sweden

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Christmas time is here, finally, many of us think. But look around you. If you live in Sweden you probably know someone who actually doesn’t celebrate Christmas. I had never thought about it until I had a Swedish class in which we discussed celebrations and festivities. There and then, I understood that those who do […]

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Lussebullar – Traditional Christmas Pastry


One of the most fun parts of moving to another country is experiencing different traditions and tastes. And, as a bonus, in my family we already love eating and cooking, so it is inevitable for us to taste and also bake Lussebullar! What is Lussebullar? It’s basically saffron bread with raisins (but when it comes to baking, it’s […]

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International Christmas Quiz

Christmas Quiz

Christmas is soon to come and even though The Newbie Guide to Sweden writes about life in Sweden – we think it’s only fair to test our Newbies knowledge of Christmas traditions around the world. So let’s get international in true Christmas spirit! And just so you are warned this is a difficult one.

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