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Connecting through words: The power of conversation

Have you ever met somebody for the first time and felt it was impossible to get the conversation to flow? We have all been there, and some of us tend to struggle with this more than others. But even for those of you who normally feel at ease chatting with people, have you ever wondered: how good are you really ...

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Vågar du prata svenska?: 8 ways to overcome the anxiety of speaking Swedish

If you are trying to learn Swedish, you may have already discovered that this is no small feat. There are free courses you can take (Swedish for immigrants or [email protected]), as well as a range of apps and websites (Duolingo, Memrise, Rosetta Stone), which will boost your reading, vocabulary, and grammar skills. But daring to incorporate speaking Swedish in your ...

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Kicking off the spring with Stockholm Culture Night

Spring has finally arrived in Sweden, and this year’s Culture Night event on April 21st has made Stockholm a wonderfully vibrant city. This is a Saturday when many museums and workshops open to visitors for free and and offer a variety of events. Whether you are a fan of opera or a follower of iconoclastic fashion, whether you are interested ...

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City Bikes: The good, the bad and the ugly

According to a Danish study, every kilometer you cycle, society gains around 2,1 kronor, but every kilometer you drive, it loses 1,5 kronor. I know. These numbers are quite abstract and probably do not resonate with you. So how about this; with every cyclist gained in a city, a subway or bus commuter is lost. If you have experienced and ...

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Frames 2018 – Spotlight on Women

Movies directed by women and/or about women filled Klarabiografen in Stockholms Kulturhuset Stadsteatern for the whole weekend of 15-18 March. The Portuguese film festival Frames has been organised yearly since 2013, with the double aim of becoming a gathering point for the Portuguese community in Sweden as well as to show the Swedish audience new and upcoming artists from Portugal. ...

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Introduction to Swedish Literature

11 Swedish literary treasures you must read this winter

Joanne Bakker It is said that the best way to get to know a country is to read its literature. Actually, that is not a saying yet, but it should be one! Because what can be more informative than what a nation’s finest have put in print? When asked what Swedish books they know, many people will probably only come ...

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Swedish Christmas Crash Course

By Helena Honkaniemi The holidays are right around the corner, and though some of you may be well aware of what that entails, not everyone is familiar with Swedish Christmas traditions. For those who are new to the country, and wish to experience this holiday to the fullest, consider this a crash course and quick guide on Swedish winter holidays. PREPARATIONS ...

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Just say no to procrastination

Should you be working right now instead of reading this?   Dear Procrastinator. This is for you. By Jessica de Loma Olson Tick tock. Tick tock. Yes, your clock is ticking and once again you have lost 30 minutes of your precious final hours to a series of pointless cat videos. Your deadline is fast approaching and you are blaming ...

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Stockholm: A city of borders

With a population set to increase by 1 million by 2020, will fears of segregation in housing, healthcare and education in Stockholm become a catastrophic reality? What is the situation now and what can be done to bring down the borders. By Sarolta Gabulya and Diana Čekatauskaitė   Two sides to Stockholm There are so many reasons why we enjoy ...

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Grown in Stockholm: The Future of Food

A guide to urban farming in our capital By Martha Nicholson Stockholm is home to one of Europe’s fastest growing populations. With a projected 2.5 million people living in the city by 2024, segregation, unemployment, food and housing shortages are all challenges. Urban farming is now widely recognised by city planners, academics, public health practitioners and architects alike as part of ...

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