Mattias Axelsson

Mattias Axelsson

was @sweden 2018-09-24 to 2018-10-01

I work as a teacher (in history, religion and social science) by day. And by night I make podcasts about football, history/religion and Swedish housing policies. I will tweet about Swedish traditions and public holidays.

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@sweden Sept. 30, 2018, 8:52 p.m.

So, this is it. From the last curator (@maxelson) and the first curator (@kwasbeb). HEJ DÅ! (Good bye!)

@sweden Sept. 30, 2018, 8:07 p.m.

And blog about traditions and holidays at

@sweden Sept. 30, 2018, 8 p.m.

All good things come to an end. In an hour or so I will tweet the last tweet from this account, not just my last bu…

@sweden Sept. 30, 2018, 7:49 p.m.

Other things indicates that the movie takes place years after the war. Les mots by Sartre (1964) TV (late 1950s) Th…

@sweden Sept. 30, 2018, 7:47 p.m.

One funny thing is that the film contains several anachronism songs. Many things indicates that the movie takes pl…

@sweden Sept. 30, 2018, 7:44 p.m.

The short movie was first aired Christmas eve 1975 and since then over one million swedes watch it ever year.

@sweden Sept. 30, 2018, 7:43 p.m.

When he started the process the voice actors were already done so Åhlin had to adjust his drawings to the voices.…

@sweden Sept. 30, 2018, 7:40 p.m.

Instead painter Per Åhlin got the assignment to draw the story. He had made some drawings in 1964 for a special ed…

@sweden Sept. 30, 2018, 7:38 p.m.

In 1975 Svt (Swedish television) wanted to make a movie from Danielssons story. The plan was to make a real movie…

@sweden Sept. 30, 2018, 7:37 p.m.

The story was written by Tage Danielsson in 1964 and is about a fourteen year old boy who steals Christmas gifts fr…

@sweden Sept. 30, 2018, 7:35 p.m.

Every Christmas eve at 7 pm me and my family gather around the TV to watch 30 minutes of pure Christmas magic. Sag…

@sweden Sept. 30, 2018, 7:32 p.m.

Do you know who is my favorite swedish character? Santa Claus? The Christmas goat? Arne Weise? Ferdinand the bull?…

@sweden Sept. 30, 2018, 5:22 p.m.

However, Lucia and Lucifer have a common root in the Latin word "lux" meaning "light". And lights and candles are…

@sweden Sept. 30, 2018, 5:20 p.m.

According to several sources, "Lusse" derives from Lucifer (ie the Devil). However, when the word "lussekatt" first…

@sweden Sept. 30, 2018, 5:18 p.m.

The devil's cat name changed to lussekatter because "lusse" or "lussi" is an alternative prefix instead of "lucia".

@sweden Sept. 30, 2018, 5:17 p.m.

The modern lucia celebration begins to emerge in Sweden in the late 19th century, and it is also then that saffron…

@sweden Sept. 30, 2018, 5:15 p.m.

Jan-Öjvind Swahn writes: "Lussekatter had their counterpart in the cakes that St Nicolaus gave to children, and wh…

@sweden Sept. 30, 2018, 5:12 p.m.

Ok. What about the lussekatter? It's a sweet S-shaped bun that is flavoured with saffron and raisins. Traditional…

@sweden Sept. 30, 2018, 3:08 p.m.

@Dike_Flata Öl I don't know but many scholars claim that the word "Jul" originated from an ancient word for festiva…

@sweden Sept. 30, 2018, 2:46 p.m.

Nowadays numerous breweries brew one (or more) Christmas beer.

@sweden Sept. 30, 2018, 2:46 p.m.

Christmas beer in more modern sense came to Sweden with industrialisation in the late 1800s. The first factory-made…

@sweden Sept. 30, 2018, 2:44 p.m.

Especially two days were associated with brewing and beer drinking - partly Annadagen (December 9) when the Christm…

@sweden Sept. 30, 2018, 2:43 p.m.

To drink beer in the nordic countries around holidays and festivals goes way back. Olav Trygvasson was a Norwegian…

@sweden Sept. 30, 2018, 2:41 p.m.

Christmas beer (julöl), what's the story behind that?

@sweden Sept. 30, 2018, 11:07 a.m.

My hypothesis is that the parents of today (how grew up late 1980s and early 1990s) want to have the tradition as t…

@sweden Sept. 30, 2018, 11:06 a.m.

Nowadays we have debates in December on lucia almost every year. And it's almost always about how you celebrate Luc…

@sweden Sept. 30, 2018, 11:03 a.m.

But then in the 1990s, due to interventions from the police and social authorities, the drinking on lucia almost va…

@sweden Sept. 30, 2018, 11 a.m.

When I wrote my essay on celebration of lucia 1900-2000 it was fascinating to read the papers and see how much of a…

@sweden Sept. 30, 2018, 10:59 a.m.

Then in 1970s the new generation of youngsters made a thing of celebrating lucia like they wanted, drinking a lot of beer and getting drunk.

@sweden Sept. 30, 2018, 10:57 a.m.

During the 20th century the lucia tradition changed. In the middle of the century the parade in Göteborg could hav…

@sweden Sept. 30, 2018, 10:55 a.m.

In 1927 a swedish newspaper arranged the first luciatåget (Lucia parade) and it was a huge success.

@sweden Sept. 30, 2018, 10:51 a.m.

But why this lucia as we later came to know her. The scholars beg to differ on the origins. Some of them say that…

@sweden Sept. 30, 2018, 10:48 a.m.

But sometime in 17th century we have the first records of a lucia in a white dress and candles in her hair. The ea…

@sweden Sept. 30, 2018, 10:47 a.m.

We also have a tradition with lussebrudar (Lucia brides). Some girl would dress up in a dress of straw. And everyb…

@sweden Sept. 30, 2018, 10:43 a.m.

Because of that their would be a tradition to have several breakfast (not just second breakfast). Some sources talk…

@sweden Sept. 30, 2018, 10:41 a.m.

You must remember that back then we had no electric light and it was hard to get any good light at all, so when it…

@sweden Sept. 30, 2018, 10:39 a.m.

The reason we celebrate Lucia on Dec 13 is the fact that winter solstice in 17th and 18th century occurred around o…

@sweden Sept. 30, 2018, 10:36 a.m.

Ok. Lucia? It's on December 13 and one thing you probably don't know is that Saint Lucia (or Lucy) has nothing to…

@sweden Sept. 30, 2018, 10:05 a.m.

And what's on the cup?

@sweden Sept. 30, 2018, 9:55 a.m.

But first breakfast. Two mackor with cheese and a cup of coffee.

@sweden Sept. 30, 2018, 9:54 a.m.

Last day of this account. The poll about december traditions was a close call. So, what the he**, I will tweet ab…

@sweden Sept. 30, 2018, 9:38 a.m.

@bananders @stephenkeeler @Britt_W Nowadays, since most people "start" Christmas in early January the "julgransplun…

@sweden Sept. 29, 2018, 11:51 p.m.

So, tomorrow is the last day of this account. What December tradition from Sweden do want me to tweet about?

@sweden Sept. 29, 2018, 11:41 p.m.

RT @Izuelanna: @sweden Here you can see a pretty standard swedish pizza menu.

@sweden Sept. 29, 2018, 9:40 p.m.

@DanKvi Actually it sounds awful.

@sweden Sept. 29, 2018, 9:35 p.m.

@Stephen_Neal True. If you want to listen to it. Tune in to on Wednesday for an episode about nordic history.

@sweden Sept. 29, 2018, 9:34 p.m.

@angieiowagirl I shared this one with my girlfriend.

@sweden Sept. 29, 2018, 9:33 p.m.

@KjellRules Are you sure it was a pizza?

@sweden Sept. 29, 2018, 9:33 p.m.

I mostly listen to swedish podcasts. If I want to listen to podcasts in English, preferably about history. What's your best tip?

@sweden Sept. 29, 2018, 9:32 p.m.

The last podcast is an educational one at Me and to former co-workers talk about history,…

@sweden Sept. 29, 2018, 9:31 p.m.

The other podcasts is one about football and my favorite team @IFElfsborg1904. Me @stadigast and @kasi71 often tal…

@sweden Sept. 29, 2018, 9:28 p.m.

In our podcast we have had the opportunity to interview politicians from all parties (including secretary for housi…

@sweden Sept. 29, 2018, 9:25 p.m.

Since we lived at Pennygången me and my friend @DCarlenfors got the idea to start @pennypodden to get the message o…

@sweden Sept. 29, 2018, 9:24 p.m.

But let me tell you shortly why I think podcasts is a superb way to communicate. When we started our struggle agai…

@sweden Sept. 29, 2018, 9:23 p.m.

So what do you do this Saturday? I'm editing a podcast with Audacity. Since 2013 I'm host or cohost in four (one…

@sweden Sept. 29, 2018, 7:24 p.m.

@LostFurry @EmmaHesso @Johannnnnes In Sweden we call it Hawaii Pizza (but ham instead of bacon).

@sweden Sept. 29, 2018, 7:20 p.m.

@fromalltheashes The pizza salad (Shredded cabbage, oil, vinegar, salt and black pepper) is an essential part of th…

@sweden Sept. 29, 2018, 7:06 p.m.

@EmmaHesso We don't talk about that. @johannnnnes has forbidden me to talk about fruit on pizza.

@sweden Sept. 29, 2018, 7:05 p.m.

@rozinck No it's a special kebab sauce.

@sweden Sept. 29, 2018, 7:04 p.m.

@flynnwastaken We don't exactly know when, where and who.

@sweden Sept. 29, 2018, 7:04 p.m.

@GianninaRossini You're a snob! 😁😁😁

@sweden Sept. 29, 2018, 7:03 p.m.

@KjellRules What kind of pizza was that?

@sweden Sept. 29, 2018, 7:01 p.m.

@AgNOOK They are famous for pizza, cucumber and that the last curator of Sweden was born there in 1978.

@sweden Sept. 29, 2018, 6:59 p.m.

The trend in pizza eating in 21th century Sweden is two-fold 1. Pizzerias with higher prices because they use fanc…

@sweden Sept. 29, 2018, 6:56 p.m.

The kebabpizza is a mix of Italian and Turkish cuisine. After the first generation of pizzeria (owned by Italians)…

@sweden Sept. 29, 2018, 6:54 p.m.

Kebabpizza is the most popular pizza and it was introduced in Sweden in 1980s. The standard toppings on a kebab pi…

@sweden Sept. 29, 2018, 6:51 p.m.

They wasn't intressted in eating at fancy restaurants, but neither intressted in eating fast food. The pizzeria wa…

@sweden Sept. 29, 2018, 6:49 p.m.

But it wasn't until late 1960s the pizza had its huge breakthrough in Sweden. When the kids born directly after Wo…

@sweden Sept. 29, 2018, 6:47 p.m.

When World War 2 ended and swedish industry had a huge demand for labour we had significant number of Italian immig…

@sweden Sept. 29, 2018, 6:44 p.m.

Saturday and pizza time. And of course I eat a kebabpizza, probably one of the most swedish dishes there is. But…

@sweden Sept. 29, 2018, 2:25 p.m.

@owenil Nubbe is essential for many Swedish holidays.

@sweden Sept. 29, 2018, 2:24 p.m.

@kristin_wester "But surströmming enthusiasts prefer to savour the previous year’s vintage for tenderness and a ful…

@sweden Sept. 29, 2018, 2:23 p.m.

And this is how you pronounce surströmmingspremiär.

@sweden Sept. 29, 2018, 2:21 p.m.

You eat the fermented herring with a tunnbröd (a kind of flat bread), almond potatoes and diced onion.

@sweden Sept. 29, 2018, 2:19 p.m.

The reason was to control the quality of the herring. Nowadays there is no such regulation but the traditionalists…

@sweden Sept. 29, 2018, 2:18 p.m.

The fermentation is an old method to preserve fish so that you can have it all year even without a fridge. Until 1…

@sweden Sept. 29, 2018, 2:15 p.m.

Fermented herring is a typical traditional swedish dish, even though I have never eaten it. You catch the baltic h…

@sweden Sept. 29, 2018, 2:12 p.m.

Fermented herring it is. Herring is called either strömming or sill in swedish, depending on where it is caught.…

@sweden Sept. 29, 2018, 1:18 p.m.

One of the things I love most about Sweden is the seasons. Autumn is lovely!

@sweden Sept. 29, 2018, 12:01 p.m.

@BHaddock_UZ I'm not that worried. If a tradition is relevant to people it will continue to be celebrated and if it…

@sweden Sept. 29, 2018, 11:35 a.m.

@JordanKirby505 That's probably correct. I also remember from my childhood (being raised in a free church) that we…

@sweden Sept. 29, 2018, 11:28 a.m.

@Britt_W History, religion and social science.

@sweden Sept. 29, 2018, 11:27 a.m.

To be relevant as a holiday or tradition you need a thing for people to connect to and remember.

@sweden Sept. 29, 2018, 11:26 a.m.

And the most important reason that Michaelmes got lost. It had no THING! Midsummer have the pole. March 25 have w…

@sweden Sept. 29, 2018, 11:23 a.m.

Nowadays very few swedes celebrate or even know about Michaelmes. Why is that? The simple reason is that celebrati…

@sweden Sept. 29, 2018, 11:21 a.m.

One last thing with Michaelmas. It was the time of the year were domestic workers could move to another household.

@sweden Sept. 29, 2018, 11:20 a.m.

One other important thing is that the domestic workers had one week of (like a vacation) and often got their yearly…

@sweden Sept. 29, 2018, 11:16 a.m.

The different räppor of three months had its own significance in the farming season. Around Michaelmess the harves…

@sweden Sept. 29, 2018, 11:11 a.m.

Back then the year were divided in to four quarters (räppor) starting with a räppadag, Christmas day Dec 25,Feast o…

@sweden Sept. 29, 2018, 11:08 a.m.

God morning! Today, September 29, is Mickelsmäss (Michaelmas). Nowadays not many swedes (if any) celebrates Michae…

@sweden Sept. 28, 2018, 10:45 p.m.

@HardcoreMilkman I will do my best. Does he like fermented herring?

@sweden Sept. 28, 2018, 10:44 p.m.

@TBengtzelius You're welcome, schlätta!

@sweden Sept. 28, 2018, 10:33 p.m.

@ali_zafar_ That's interesting. Maybe I do a special rant about december traditions last day (Sunday).

@sweden Sept. 28, 2018, 10:32 p.m.

@LinlathenAndrew If you come to Göteborg I will buy you a cinnamon bun at @Pressbyran

@sweden Sept. 28, 2018, 10:23 p.m.

5. Fit for fight. The swedish word for "ready to roll".

@sweden Sept. 28, 2018, 10:19 p.m.

4. Babysitter. The swedish word for baby seat. I think it might have to to do with the fact that the baby sits in…

@sweden Sept. 28, 2018, 10:16 p.m.

3. Smoking. The swedish word for tuxedo. I think it was called a smoking jacket because the men wore it when they…

@sweden Sept. 28, 2018, 10:12 p.m.

2. Pocket. The swedish word for paper-back book.

@sweden Sept. 28, 2018, 10:10 p.m.

1. Freestyle. The swedish word for Walkman. I think it was the name of a brand that produced Walkmans.

@sweden Sept. 28, 2018, 10:08 p.m.

Just realized, thanks @RonWawrzon, that "after work" is a swedish word (a pseudo-anglicism) for "happy hour". Here…

@sweden Sept. 28, 2018, 10 p.m.

@KochNina That's interesting. I think that the attitudes started to change in the 1980s and today it's not uncommon…

@sweden Sept. 28, 2018, 9:55 p.m.

So, tomorrow we have two days left before the end. What do you want me to tweet about?

@sweden Sept. 28, 2018, 9:43 p.m.

@bartlebeer @ratebeer Morgenmad is probably the most beautiful danish word.

@sweden Sept. 28, 2018, 9:33 p.m.

@Kastrel Cider is not the same, but we let it pass.

@sweden Sept. 28, 2018, 9:32 p.m.

@peebs1701 The dip is due to rationing during WW1.

@sweden Sept. 28, 2018, 9:32 p.m.

@chickenprincess The dip is due to rationing during WW1.

@sweden Sept. 28, 2018, 9:31 p.m.

@jadmasi I always thought that "weekend" refered to end of the week (aka Sunday).

@sweden Sept. 28, 2018, 9:29 p.m.

As you can see the idea of drinking beer/wine after work got popular in the of the 20th century. It probably start…

@sweden Sept. 28, 2018, 9:27 p.m.

Today it's not uncommon to take a beer or a glas of wine after work in the middle of the week. I found an interest…

@sweden Sept. 28, 2018, 9:24 p.m.

The difference is that we drink less spirits and much more beer and wine today. We started drink more beer after t…

@sweden Sept. 28, 2018, 9:21 p.m.

As I showed you a number of times this week the drinking pattern in Sweden have changed. Green = total consumption…

@sweden Sept. 28, 2018, 9:19 p.m.

When I say "we don't use religion" of course I don't mean that no one in Sweden is religious. But the religious rit…

@sweden Sept. 28, 2018, 9:17 p.m.

These kinds of secular rituals is important in our modern society. We don't use religion and religious rituals any…

@sweden Sept. 28, 2018, 9:15 p.m.

But what is a fredagsöl? It's the beer you drink (either at home or at a pub) to mark the transition from work wee…

@sweden Sept. 28, 2018, 9:14 p.m.

Fredagsöl (Friday beer) is a relatively new thing in Sweden. The first time it occurs in text in a swedish newspap…

@sweden Sept. 28, 2018, 9:11 p.m.

Still sometime to vote but since I'm drinking my fredagsöl (Friday beer) I will tweet about it.

@sweden Sept. 28, 2018, 7:27 p.m.

@fzwaan @LiesbethvBerkel I'm pretty sure you can do that.

@sweden Sept. 28, 2018, 7:20 p.m.

@imeant2dothat They said dirty words and said that the king Gustaf II Adolf was a coward. Among other things. Swed…

@sweden Sept. 28, 2018, 7:10 p.m.

He died 2016 at the age of 90. For me he was someone I looked up to. He was an educator who told us about traditio…

@sweden Sept. 28, 2018, 7:07 p.m.

But that's not what Jan-Öjvind Swahn was most famous for. He was also famous for his funny glasses.

@sweden Sept. 28, 2018, 7:04 p.m.

The show was innovative, but the audience in general was outraged.

@sweden Sept. 28, 2018, 7:01 p.m.

Jan-Öjvind Swahn is an absolute giant in the field. He has written so many books about traditions and folklore. An…

@sweden Sept. 28, 2018, 6:57 p.m.

One book you should read if you want to know more about basic Swedish traditions (like Christmas, Easter and Midsum…

@sweden Sept. 28, 2018, 6:47 p.m.

RT @WIRED: Seven years ago, the government of Sweden came up with a crazy idea: "How about we let any Swede—like, literally any of them—use…

@sweden Sept. 28, 2018, 2:49 p.m.

RT @esapesaqe: @sweden How have we yet to mention the champion of Swedish hotdog monstrosities - the "tunnbrödrulle". Sausage, mash, shrimp…

@sweden Sept. 28, 2018, 2:46 p.m.

@tonythehub Of course you eat your hot dogs and burgers in a bun with your hands. Eating pizza in Sweden is a diff…

@sweden Sept. 28, 2018, 2:41 p.m.

You can also have "hälta hälta" (half and half). Hot dog with mashed potatoes AND french fries. Preferably occurs…

@sweden Sept. 28, 2018, 1:25 p.m.

@catboiardee Partially sliced and baked au gratin with cheese and mustard, often with onion or apple tucked in betw…

@sweden Sept. 28, 2018, 12:50 p.m.

Another favorite is "korv i korv" (a sausage inside another sausage). You simply have one large hot dog which you o…

@sweden Sept. 28, 2018, 12:45 p.m.

Back then you could have a hot dog EITHER with bread OR with mashed potatoes. But som guys wanted hot dig with bre…

@sweden Sept. 28, 2018, 12:44 p.m.

You can have sausages in different ways. One favorite is the "hel special". It's two sausages with bread and mashed…

@sweden Sept. 28, 2018, 12:37 p.m.

It's not a coincidence that I had rød pølse for lunch, sausages is one of my favorite dishes.

@sweden Sept. 28, 2018, 12:31 p.m.

@ChrisTheHills No. After the peace in Kiel January 1814 Denmark gave up Norway to Sweden. But Norway tried to decla…

@sweden Sept. 28, 2018, 12:08 p.m.

@angrysmiley You're thinking about "hel special med räksallad".

@sweden Sept. 28, 2018, 12:03 p.m.

@notoriousjdj November 13 is smörgåstårtans dag. Not widely used or known but it exists.

@sweden Sept. 28, 2018, 12:01 p.m.

Since then the relations between the nordic countries have been good. Even before memberships in EU and Schengen i…

@sweden Sept. 28, 2018, noon

The last Swedish-Dano war was part of the Napoleonic Wars in early 19th century. The last time Sweden fought a war…

@sweden Sept. 28, 2018, 11:57 a.m.

But in 1645 (Brömsebro) and 1658 (Roskilde) Sweden won huge victories and got the provinces of Skåne, Blekinge, Boh…

@sweden Sept. 28, 2018, 11:54 a.m.

And the Kalmar war 1611-1613 who ended with the treaty of Knäred where Sweden had to pay one million riksdaler to get Älvsborg back.

@sweden Sept. 28, 2018, 11:53 a.m.

We for example Northern Seven Years' War 1563 to 1570. Ended with treaty of stettin where Sweden had to pay 150.000…

@sweden Sept. 28, 2018, 11:51 a.m.

But when Gustav Vasa became king 1523 Sweden withdraw from the union and a long era of wars between Sweden and Denm…

@sweden Sept. 28, 2018, 11:50 a.m.

The danish sausages for lunch gives me an opportunity to tweet about swedish - danish relations in history. Both S…

@sweden Sept. 28, 2018, 11:48 a.m.

The dish a eat is two sausages, one bread, ketchup, mustard and fried onion.

@sweden Sept. 28, 2018, 11:45 a.m.

It's a danish meal. Red, boiled pork sausage very common in Denmark. Some people regard røde pølser as one of the n…

@sweden Sept. 28, 2018, 11:29 a.m.

It's not a typical swedish meal, but for lunch today I had rød pølse.

@sweden Sept. 28, 2018, 9:09 a.m.

@IQAndreas @josephbt It's liters pure alcohol (100%)

@sweden Sept. 28, 2018, 8:41 a.m.

@LarssssBe It's due to First World War when we had rationing on many thing, for example alcoholic beverages

@sweden Sept. 28, 2018, 8:29 a.m.

@db13xb Yes I have seen lots and lots of drunk people in Sweden. If you go out in Central Göteborg Friday or Saturd…

@sweden Sept. 28, 2018, 8:28 a.m.

Green = total consumption Blue =spirits Yellow = beee Red = wine Sell of alcoholic beverage in liters pure alcohol per capita (age over 15)

@sweden Sept. 28, 2018, 8:16 a.m.

Last day at work for this week. Maybe I grab a fredagsöl on my way home! Fredagsöl (Friday beer) is a relatively n…

@sweden Sept. 28, 2018, 6:41 a.m.

@BretHudson I tweeted about påsk- and julmust early this week. A perfect non alcoholic alternative.

@sweden Sept. 27, 2018, 10:02 p.m.

Påsköl of course is Easter beer

@sweden Sept. 27, 2018, 9:38 p.m.

Which alcohol beverage do you want me to tweet about tomorrow?

@sweden Sept. 27, 2018, 9:28 p.m.

Since we have ab monopoly on selling alcoholic drinks their is a good idea to sche your purchases of beer, wine and…

@sweden Sept. 27, 2018, 9:21 p.m.

@BTennfors Correct. The first time all women could vote on parlamentary elections.

@sweden Sept. 27, 2018, 9:19 p.m.

In 1955 we had our own October revolution. The restrictions ended in October 1955 but @systembolaget continued to h…

@sweden Sept. 27, 2018, 9:18 p.m.

In Sweden we also had restaurants owned by the state: Sara-krogar. (Public swedish restaurants Ltd).

@sweden Sept. 27, 2018, 9:15 p.m.

Even selling of beer and spirits in restaurants were heavy regulated. You could only buy spirits with food and onl…

@sweden Sept. 27, 2018, 9:13 p.m.

It was income, class and social status that decided how much spirits you could buy. It was restricted to 2-3 liters…

@sweden Sept. 27, 2018, 9:10 p.m.

It was aimed at working class and poor men and women. For one thing wine was excluded from the rationing since it…

@sweden Sept. 27, 2018, 9:08 p.m.

No ban. But instead we got motbok and @systembolaget. The motbok was a personal booklet in which a stamp was adde…

@sweden Sept. 27, 2018, 9:06 p.m.

No to ban alcohol won by 51%. One poster in the campaign was Kräftor kräva dessa drycker (Crayfish demands this dr…

@sweden Sept. 27, 2018, 9:03 p.m.

The new movements of the late 19th century (free church, workers and especially temperance) fought hard to stop dri…

@sweden Sept. 27, 2018, 9:01 p.m.

Late 19th and early 20th century in Sweden we drank a lot. Mostly spirits but also beer. Wine was something exclus…

@sweden Sept. 27, 2018, 8:59 p.m.

I promised yesterday that I would tweet about alcohol in Sweden. Many holidays is associated with alcoholic bevera…

@sweden Sept. 27, 2018, 5:20 p.m.

Talked with him about making a special episode about one public holiday. Which do you think? (Unfortunately it will be in swedish)

@sweden Sept. 27, 2018, 5:18 p.m.

Made a podcast about swedish traditions and festivals with him.

@sweden Sept. 27, 2018, 3:25 p.m.

@Kemal_Akcam The meat on the plate was amazing.

@sweden Sept. 27, 2018, 2:33 p.m.

@sawaba It was delicious. At Bishops Arms Västra hamngatan in Göteborg.

@sweden Sept. 27, 2018, 2:32 p.m.

@wildtests The most swedish dish there is. Maybe with taco Friday.

@sweden Sept. 27, 2018, 2:30 p.m.

Any tradition can BECOME a swedish tradition (even a Muslim or Hindu one) but not every tradition IS a swedish trad…

@sweden Sept. 27, 2018, 2:28 p.m.

But to be a swedish tradition it most be considerd a swedish tradition for many swedes. You can't say an exackt nu…

@sweden Sept. 27, 2018, 2:26 p.m.

What is a tradition? The simple, but somewhat boring answer is What paradoxically makes a tradition is that we ma…

@sweden Sept. 27, 2018, 2:23 p.m.

Yesterday I drank a beer with my coworkers (after work of course) and I was served a schlachtplatte with a liter of…

@sweden Sept. 27, 2018, 1:12 p.m.

@RightSaidDredd @ireland As Herlitz puts it. "Most who have written about Halloween have simply stated that it was…

@sweden Sept. 27, 2018, 1:12 p.m.

@RightSaidDredd @ireland As Herlitz puts it. "Most who written abotuHalloween have simply stated that it was the I…

@sweden Sept. 27, 2018, 1:07 p.m.

@RightSaidDredd @ireland It originated from Ireland, but the tradition introduced in Sweden in 1990s was the tradit…

@sweden Sept. 27, 2018, 1:05 p.m.

@SHOUTYRICHARD It originated from Ireland, but the tradition introduced in Sweden in 1990s was the tradition from U…

@sweden Sept. 27, 2018, 1:02 p.m.

My kids, when they were younger, never went trick our treating. But we always made Jack o lantern with pumpkins. T…

@sweden Sept. 27, 2018, 1 p.m.

Personally I think halloween is a fun tradition in the dark late October. We need that kind of feasts to get throug…

@sweden Sept. 27, 2018, 12:58 p.m.

But we also know that sale of candy increase with around 50% at Halloween.

@sweden Sept. 27, 2018, 12:56 p.m.

But it was only in the late 90's that the celebration (or at least the advertising of the celebrations around the c…

@sweden Sept. 27, 2018, 12:54 p.m.

As with cinnamon bun day it was introduced by a company. Already in 1990, the first attempts at the Hard Rock Cafe…

@sweden Sept. 27, 2018, 12:51 p.m.

But, you say, is Halloween a swedish tradition? Isn't it American. Halloween is definitely a swedish tradition now…

@sweden Sept. 27, 2018, 12:50 p.m.

As I mentioned yesterday it's not uncommon for a company to launch a new holiday or tradition so that they can sell…

@sweden Sept. 27, 2018, 11:35 a.m.

@chefrahn That would be a spectacular way to finish of this account - to declare war on Denmark.

@sweden Sept. 27, 2018, 11:30 a.m.

Halfway in to the last week as curator of @sweden I'm overwhelmed by the positive respons. It's an amazing opportu…

@sweden Sept. 27, 2018, 1:27 a.m.

As we say in Sweden: God natt!

@sweden Sept. 27, 2018, 1:13 a.m.

@wistikent Let's have a swedish fika. With kanelbulle and coffee.

@sweden Sept. 27, 2018, 1:12 a.m.

@Kemal_Akcam You should always have some nubbar and öl i skåpet.

@sweden Sept. 27, 2018, 12:16 a.m.

The argument was, if you want to eat cray fish in August you should vote no in the referendum. And "No" won the re…

@sweden Sept. 27, 2018, 12:14 a.m.

In 1922 Sweden held a referendum about total banning of alcohol.. One important argument against the ban was that…

@sweden Sept. 27, 2018, 12:11 a.m.

Therefore in Sweden, we got regulations that fishing of cray fishes only were allowed in August. Hence the traditi…

@sweden Sept. 27, 2018, 12:08 a.m.

Since many people moved from their farms in late 19th century, some of them started fishing full time to get things…

@sweden Sept. 27, 2018, 12:05 a.m.

In the late 19th and early 20th century in Sweden, people tended to start eating crayfishes as part of parties. Bu…

@sweden Sept. 27, 2018, 12:01 a.m.

In Sweden we have been eying crayfish (kräfta) since late middle ages. But until late 19th century it was almost ex…

@sweden Sept. 26, 2018, 11:58 p.m.

So let me talk a little about crayfish in Sweden. And the traditions with crayfish premier.

@sweden Sept. 26, 2018, 8:26 p.m.

@cammmilla That's what I love about allsvenskan. The fans. Even though I don't like @IFKGoteborg a think their fan…

@sweden Sept. 26, 2018, 8:10 p.m.

As well as christmas, midsummer and easter is a tradition - for me the start of allsvenskan is a tradition. Today,…

@sweden Sept. 26, 2018, 8:06 p.m.

Allsvenskan is not the best league in the world (far from). But there is something special to support a team in thi…

@sweden Sept. 26, 2018, 8:05 p.m.

There is some days in the swedish calender that is significant for start of spring. For me, the spring always star…

@sweden Sept. 26, 2018, 8 p.m.

As you might have noticed I love tweeting about traditions and holidays. I also have a great interest in housing po…

@sweden Sept. 26, 2018, 7:56 p.m.

@kasi71 If Fredrik Holst plays maybe we get three points.

@sweden Sept. 26, 2018, 7:46 p.m.

@tcntad Of course. To watch From all of us to you on any other day than Christmas is crazy!

@sweden Sept. 26, 2018, 7:01 p.m.

Ferdinand the bull was broadcast directly after From all of us to you. And everybody was happy. So, since 1982 Fr…

@sweden Sept. 26, 2018, 7 p.m.

If you (like I do) read papers from 1982 you can see that people where upset about it. They wanted Ferdinand the b…

@sweden Sept. 26, 2018, 6:58 p.m.

In 1982 swedish television tried to replace Ferdinand the bull.

@sweden Sept. 26, 2018, 6:56 p.m.

It started in 1960. And one fun fact is that no one of the original cartoons is the same as in 1960. If some swede…

@sweden Sept. 26, 2018, 6:55 p.m.

Is a handful of short Disney cartoons (Robin Hood, Jungle book, Lady and the tramp, Santa's workshop).

@sweden Sept. 26, 2018, 6:52 p.m.

3-4 million people watch this show of old Disney cartoons every year. I think that I have seen it every year for as…

@sweden Sept. 26, 2018, 6:51 p.m.

Just a short post between beers. As you might know, one of the most important swedish traditions is From all of us…

@sweden Sept. 26, 2018, 4:44 p.m.

Animals from the sea has always been a important part of swedish traditions. Which do you want me to tweet about.

@sweden Sept. 26, 2018, 3:44 p.m.

@TheCryptDog I ate bulle-i-bulle (bun inside a bread) last summer in Almedalen. It was, hmmm, interesting.

@sweden Sept. 26, 2018, 1:41 p.m.

Today I will talk on Radio Göteborg 15.45 about being the last @sweden!

@sweden Sept. 26, 2018, 1:21 p.m.

@nigere00 Wonderful. What do you have with your fika?

@sweden Sept. 26, 2018, 12:48 p.m.

@kacsaful Most people eat lots of buns. Your employer often serve buns at lunch and then you eat some at home with your family.

@sweden Sept. 26, 2018, 12:30 p.m.

If people think that a tradition is a good idea they will follow it. If they don't like they will not do it.

@sweden Sept. 26, 2018, 12:29 p.m.

It's not that uncommon that traditions and holidays in 20th and 21th century exists due to companies. That doesn't…

@sweden Sept. 26, 2018, 12:28 p.m.

They picked October 4 because "The day would not collide with crayfishes, apple festivals and other things that cou…

@sweden Sept. 26, 2018, 12:26 p.m.

Cinnamon bun day was introduced in Sweden 1999. It was the organization  Hembakningsrådet (organized by the compani…

@sweden Sept. 26, 2018, 12:13 p.m.

But when and why did it start. Cinnamon buns we know from the 1920s. After WW1 it was again possible to get butter…

@sweden Sept. 26, 2018, 12:10 p.m.

According to an article in Expressen we in Sweden eat 6,5-7 million cinnamon buns that day. Over half of the popula…

@sweden Sept. 26, 2018, 12:07 p.m.

In Sweden we eat around 200 cinnamon buns every year (or to be precise pastries equal to 230 cinnamon buns). But o…

@sweden Sept. 26, 2018, 12:05 p.m.

We have sevaral days of the year dedicated to different pastry. For example semlor, waffles (March 25th), marzipan…

@sweden Sept. 26, 2018, 12:01 p.m.

Most of you probably know how much we in Sweden love our "fika". Someone said that "work in Sweden is having fika w…

@sweden Sept. 26, 2018, 11:13 a.m.

Apparently you want to know more about cinnamon bun day (Oct 4). Stay tuned and I will tell you more about it on m…

@sweden Sept. 26, 2018, 8:37 a.m.

@TheAlPitcher It's dark outside when you wake up, it's dark outside when you go home from work.

@sweden Sept. 26, 2018, 7:31 a.m.

Of course it's in swedish, but this morning I talked to @nyhetsmorgon about being the last one in charge of the acc…

@sweden Sept. 26, 2018, 6:43 a.m.

Talking to @nyhetsmorgon early this morning about being the last curator of Sweden. Told them that I'm overwhelmed…

@sweden Sept. 25, 2018, 10:28 p.m.

@Allison_Ivy79 @trollnystan @FCJayBird Of course we have fika everyday. But the cinnamon bun has its own day.

@sweden Sept. 25, 2018, 10:22 p.m.

@TaschaNKo The first one is a Calskrove (burger and fries inside a pizza). The second one is a Vulkan (all kinds of meat on a pizza)

@sweden Sept. 25, 2018, 9:45 p.m.

@Allison_Ivy79 @trollnystan @FCJayBird Pizza with bananas, curry and peanuts. Is there any problem with that?

@sweden Sept. 25, 2018, 9:43 p.m.

@Urbandsoldier @FCJayBird I want to be clear that this (bananas in taco) is NOT that swedes in general eat.

@sweden Sept. 25, 2018, 9:35 p.m.

@trollnystan @FCJayBird Never heard of green peas in taco. Maybe maize and/or pineapple, but never green peas.

@sweden Sept. 25, 2018, 9:33 p.m.

@GadjiDilo @StefanBeyron For example we eat our meatballs with lingon berry jam, plum and apple sauce to pork chop.…

@sweden Sept. 25, 2018, 9:30 p.m.

@GadjiDilo @StefanBeyron According to some sources swedes eat most ketchup in the world. One hypothesis is that in…

@sweden Sept. 25, 2018, 9:18 p.m.

@Britt_W @KymriskaDraken Karl-bertil is more important to me as well. Probably one of the most important traditions of the year for me.

@sweden Sept. 25, 2018, 9:05 p.m.

Which recent Swedish food tradition do you want to hear about tomorrow?

@sweden Sept. 25, 2018, 8:57 p.m.

So is Arne Weise on Christmas eve still a tradition in Sweden? Of course not. It is a memory for many of us, but f…

@sweden Sept. 25, 2018, 8:55 p.m.

But since 2003 (for the last 15 years) no Arne Weise in TV on Christmas. But still many swedes think of him when t…

@sweden Sept. 25, 2018, 8:54 p.m.

And during these years there was ony two channels two watch in Sweden. Everybody in Sweden knew about Arne Weise on…

@sweden Sept. 25, 2018, 8:51 p.m.

For many years Arne Weise was the host on swedish TV during Christmas eve. From 1972 to 1977 and then again from 1…

@sweden Sept. 25, 2018, 8:47 p.m.

Two thirds of swedes can't celebrate Christmas without TV. And 3-4 millions (more than a third of the population) s…

@sweden Sept. 25, 2018, 8:46 p.m.

First you must understand how important television is in Sweden during Christmas.

@sweden Sept. 25, 2018, 8:45 p.m.

Arne Weise is for many swedes "Mr Christmas" more important on Christmas eve than Santa Claus himself. But why is that?

@sweden Sept. 25, 2018, 8:43 p.m.

You know who this man is? For many swedes my age (and older) he represents Christmas.

@sweden Sept. 25, 2018, 5:40 p.m.

@anthonjohansson That's correct. I was to quick to post a picture I didn't check.

@sweden Sept. 25, 2018, 5:35 p.m.

@seel_perez In Göteborg it's not that bad. Of course there are many things you could do to improve it. But my ride…

@sweden Sept. 25, 2018, 5:07 p.m.

If you ride a bike home from work in Göteborg it's not impossible you will be on a ferry for parts of the ride.

@sweden Sept. 25, 2018, 3:30 p.m.

@Lamhfada No. It's perfectly legal to increase rent 130% when you renovate.

@sweden Sept. 25, 2018, 3:28 p.m.

Here is a photo of me and @DCarlenfors doing an interview with @jsjostedt about housing policy.

@sweden Sept. 25, 2018, 3:27 p.m.

And one more thing. During the struggle at Pennygången I got to know @DCarlenfors who now is one of my (if not the…

@sweden Sept. 25, 2018, 3:25 p.m.

So if you have a problem with a land lord, don't give up. Talk to your neighbors about it. Form a group. Fight the fight.

@sweden Sept. 25, 2018, 3:24 p.m.

I don't live at Pennygången anymore but I continue the struggle in the non profit organization Alla ska…

@sweden Sept. 25, 2018, 3:23 p.m.

It's not a perfect deal (far from). But so many more people can afford to stay put.

@sweden Sept. 25, 2018, 3:22 p.m.

And belive it or not, after years of struggling the land lord gave in and made a smaller renovation with 16% rent increase.

@sweden Sept. 25, 2018, 3:19 p.m.

But we (the tenants at Pennygången) got together and formed a resistance. We said that everybody should afford to s…

@sweden Sept. 25, 2018, 3:18 p.m.

The land lord didn't care if the tenants couldn't stay and pay the rent. New tenants is easy to find in Göteborg s…

@sweden Sept. 25, 2018, 3:16 p.m.

Since 2012 housing policy has been one of the most important things in life. The reason is that the apartment I li…

@sweden Sept. 25, 2018, 3:15 p.m.

When I don't work or write about traditions and festivals I spend some time being a housing activist.

@sweden Sept. 25, 2018, 3:11 p.m.

@herr_skoog My mother have julmust in her Christmas meatballs. That's lovely.

@sweden Sept. 25, 2018, 3:09 p.m.

@GBR_Carola Hisingen. Göteborg. Sweden.

@sweden Sept. 25, 2018, 1:59 p.m.

And a newspaper in Dubai made a interview on messenger. Amazing how people seems to love the idea that ordinary pe…

@sweden Sept. 25, 2018, 1:58 p.m.

So tomorrow I will join @Nyhetsmorgon at @TV4 to talk about @sweden and what it is like to be the last curator. Wa…

@sweden Sept. 25, 2018, 12:43 p.m.

Fun fact: One national anthem in the world mentions "Sweden" and it's not the swedish national anthem. It's the p…

@sweden Sept. 25, 2018, 12:41 p.m.

It actually states that the students should know "Music that connects to the student's everyday and solemn contex…

@sweden Sept. 25, 2018, 12:39 p.m.

In the first years in school when you have music class you learn about and probably sing the national anthem. It's actually mandatory.

@sweden Sept. 25, 2018, 12:36 p.m.

In swedish schools, for example at graduation day, it is possible (however not mandatory) to sing the national anth…

@sweden Sept. 25, 2018, 12:34 p.m.

Let me, when I have my lunch break, quickly debunk a myth that some people try to spread. That you're not allowed…

@sweden Sept. 25, 2018, 10:57 a.m.

RT @ladugarden: @sweden gävlebocken also has its own twitter! @Gavlebocken

@sweden Sept. 25, 2018, 10:43 a.m.

If you want to know more about Gävlebocken you can read this.

@sweden Sept. 25, 2018, 10:40 a.m.

The weird thing with Gävlebocken is the fact that the illegal burning is the thing that has made it famous. If it…

@sweden Sept. 25, 2018, 10:38 a.m.

As my good friend @kasi71 pointed out, today we mostly associate The Christmas goat with a weird tradition "Will th…

@sweden Sept. 25, 2018, 10:35 a.m.

The tradition with a Christmas goat is now so old that just a few (if any) living swedes have memory of it. The go…

@sweden Sept. 25, 2018, 10:33 a.m.

And this is another perfect example of how traditions change. When people say that they want "the old traditions b…

@sweden Sept. 25, 2018, 10:31 a.m.

In 20th century Sweden the tradition with julbocken gradually vanished to be replaced by Jultomten. And in 21th ce…

@sweden Sept. 25, 2018, 10:29 a.m.

In late 19th century he was accompanied with Jultomten (not the same dude as Santa Claus. The swedish jultomten is…

@sweden Sept. 25, 2018, 10:27 a.m.

What we know is that in 19th century Sweden men would dress up in goat masks and deliver Christmas gifts.

@sweden Sept. 25, 2018, 10:26 a.m.

2. The goat is a pagan symbol from norse myths. The god Thor had two goats Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjóstr. Like so ma…

@sweden Sept. 25, 2018, 10:25 a.m.

But again, the goat. Why? We have to hypothesis. 1. The goat was a companion with St Nicholas and survived the re…

@sweden Sept. 25, 2018, 10:21 a.m.

This is a tradition the vanished with industrialisation and urbanization. But we have court records from 16th and…

@sweden Sept. 25, 2018, 10:19 a.m.

But why a goat? We have records in Sweden (as well as in the other nordic countries) that older children at days a…

@sweden Sept. 25, 2018, 10:15 a.m.

In Sweden it was not uncommon in 19th century to have a man dressed as a Christmas goat. He would dress in a mask…

@sweden Sept. 25, 2018, 10:12 a.m.

Julbocken pre dates Jultomten (Santa Claus) as the distributor of christmas gifts in Sweden.

@sweden Sept. 25, 2018, 10:10 a.m.

With older traditions (pre late 19th century) is one thing to know what people did (dress up) but we almost never k…

@sweden Sept. 25, 2018, 10:07 a.m.

Julbocken is not a unique Swedish tradition. It also occurs in Norway, Denmark, Finland and northern parts of Germany.

@sweden Sept. 25, 2018, 10:06 a.m.

It was a close call but with over 1200 votes Julbocken (The Christmas goat) is the winner.

@sweden Sept. 25, 2018, 7:50 a.m.

And of course, the most important thing for me as a teacher: coffee.

@sweden Sept. 25, 2018, 7:37 a.m.

And this is my schedule for the week!

@sweden Sept. 25, 2018, 7:35 a.m.

A room with a view! This is where a work when I don't have class.

@sweden Sept. 25, 2018, 6:41 a.m.

The result is here! Today I will tell you about the Christmas goat.

@sweden Sept. 24, 2018, 9:53 p.m.

@g_berish Wait until I tell you about the angry mob when tv tried to cancel Ferdinand the bull 1982!

@sweden Sept. 24, 2018, 9:33 p.m.

@g_berish How did you celebrate it?

@sweden Sept. 24, 2018, 9:28 p.m.

@OWellsit Vote for him and you will find out.

@sweden Sept. 24, 2018, 8:43 p.m.

@fraufeli Not the way lucia is celebrated today. I will tweet about lucia in a few days. With Google translate may…

@sweden Sept. 24, 2018, 8:41 p.m.

@janemadsen A very good book. I've read it to my children several times. If you mean this one.

@sweden Sept. 24, 2018, 8:27 p.m.

@fraufeli But unfortunately we don't know very much about traditions before christianity in Sweden.

@sweden Sept. 24, 2018, 8:26 p.m.

@fraufeli Very short. On some traditions the pagan influence is more significant than on others. That we celebrate…

@sweden Sept. 24, 2018, 8:17 p.m.

Which swedish christmas character do you want to read about tomorrow?

@sweden Sept. 24, 2018, 7:07 p.m.

@McFast_Food It has been a public holiday only since 2005 and there is no consensus on how to celebrate it.

@sweden Sept. 24, 2018, 7:04 p.m.

@McFast_Food 1. Pizza day 2. First Thursday in March (celebrated only in Småland) 3. That we still haven't found an…

@sweden Sept. 24, 2018, 6:33 p.m.

@peterkarlberg Maybe not. Perhaps holiday or feast?

@sweden Sept. 24, 2018, 6:27 p.m.

As you may have noticed I'm very interested in swedish traditions and festivals. Now when I'm back at home, here i…

@sweden Sept. 24, 2018, 6:13 p.m.

@dilarramiller Stay tuned. Will rant about pizza and pizza day sometime this week.

@sweden Sept. 24, 2018, 5:17 p.m.

@imeant2dothat There is an English version on Skolverket.

@sweden Sept. 24, 2018, 5:16 p.m.

@imeant2dothat Today I ate my own lunch, but I will eat in "bamba" (not even all swedes know that word) some day th…

@sweden Sept. 24, 2018, 4:44 p.m.

Like with semlor there is always a furious debate when shops sell julmust to early. Actually my local shop started…

@sweden Sept. 24, 2018, 4:41 p.m.

@Araneatrox Is there anything special you want to see me do?

@sweden Sept. 24, 2018, 4:40 p.m.

@JacquiPybus The in 1922 we had a referendum to ban alcohol. The No won with 51% of the votes.

@sweden Sept. 24, 2018, 4:39 p.m.

@JacquiPybus Even though we didn't have prohibition (like in USA) in Sweden from 1917 we had "motbok" in which a st…

@sweden Sept. 24, 2018, 4:36 p.m.

A few attempts has been made to sell must around midsummer. But none of them have been successful. And my belive i…

@sweden Sept. 24, 2018, 4:34 p.m.

But why is julmust and påskmust so popular? I think it has to do with the fact that the must taste fits well with…

@sweden Sept. 24, 2018, 4:32 p.m.

In Sweden we drink around 50 000 000 liters must a year (most of it in December). And in December must surpass…

@sweden Sept. 24, 2018, 4:28 p.m.

So a non alcoholic alternative for Christmas was a must - so they invented must. But the first time julmust is use…

@sweden Sept. 24, 2018, 4:26 p.m.

You need to know that swedes in the early 20th century drank a lot! Green = total Blue = spirits Yellow = beee

@sweden Sept. 24, 2018, 4:24 p.m.

Robert Roberts and his son Harry was part of free church movement that grew in Sweden (along with the labor movemen…

@sweden Sept. 24, 2018, 4:21 p.m.

Almost all must that is produced in Sweden gets its taste from the same company - AB Roberts in Örebro. The company…

@sweden Sept. 24, 2018, 4:19 p.m.

But of course the experience can be different depending on what kind of food you eat (I will come back to that).

@sweden Sept. 24, 2018, 4:18 p.m.

First of all, must is a soft drink made of   carbonated water, sugar, hop extract, malt extract and spices. Contra…

@sweden Sept. 24, 2018, 4:15 p.m.

The public has spoken. So let me tell you about julmust and påsmust!

@sweden Sept. 24, 2018, 3:51 p.m.

@KaliaChiarezza But of course the experience can be different depending on (for example) what kind of food you eat.…

@sweden Sept. 24, 2018, 3:18 p.m.

All you pizza lovers. Get in there and vote! 🍕🍕🍕🍕🍕🍕

@sweden Sept. 24, 2018, 1:22 p.m.

@2hrafnarz Yes. The earliest kind of buns we ate on Shrove Tuesday is like this. From the middle ages.

@sweden Sept. 24, 2018, 12:53 p.m.

Ok. Next rant will be about?

@sweden Sept. 24, 2018, 12:45 p.m.

@jaxroam We have to few feast in autumn. #Mooncake day sounds great.

@sweden Sept. 24, 2018, 12:44 p.m.

I will write more about this things later on. Now it's time for a short nap before next class.

@sweden Sept. 24, 2018, 12:40 p.m.

But if we started to eat semlor the year around the whole point of eating semlor as a tradition would be lost!

@sweden Sept. 24, 2018, 12:39 p.m.

You see, traditions are not static. They don't stay the same over time. The way we celebrated a feast in Sweden in…

@sweden Sept. 24, 2018, 12:37 p.m.

So the question is: Is the swedish tradition to eat semlor at Shrove Tuesday or is the swedish tradition to start eating semlor in January?

@sweden Sept. 24, 2018, 12:36 p.m.

The clear trend is that since the 1950s, it has been complained that the sale of semlons starts to early. Since the…

@sweden Sept. 24, 2018, 12:36 p.m.

And, in January 1984, it is once again a big article that sales of semlor begin to early "as usual"

@sweden Sept. 24, 2018, 12:34 p.m.

In a job advertisement from 1979 you can read that Skogaholm's bakery is looking for extra staff from the second we…

@sweden Sept. 24, 2018, 12:33 p.m.

In 1965, an author wrote: "Why take out that little joy so far in advance, this year I think it started selling jus…

@sweden Sept. 24, 2018, 12:30 p.m.

But, and this is important, that is not a new thing. As late as the 1950s their where reports abouts cafes selling…

@sweden Sept. 24, 2018, 12:27 p.m.

The tradition is to eat the semla on Shrove Tuesday (fettisdagen) because that's the last day before lent (46 days…

@sweden Sept. 24, 2018, 12:25 p.m.

The picture I use as at the home page is a picture of a semla (or fettisdagsbulle or fastlagsbulle). I'm kind of a…

@sweden Sept. 24, 2018, 12:21 p.m.

Lunch break, so now is time for som updates about swedish traditions and festivals. I usually blog in swedish at…

@sweden Sept. 24, 2018, 11:45 a.m.


@sweden Sept. 24, 2018, 11:36 a.m.

@kasi71 Live stream from Tele 2 arena? #Elfsborg

@sweden Sept. 24, 2018, 11:08 a.m.

@Sn00wman 4. Conflicts during the cold War tends to focus on communism.

@sweden Sept. 24, 2018, 11:07 a.m.

@Frouwe_linde We focus mainly on the last 200 years of history, from the industrial revolution to today.

@sweden Sept. 24, 2018, 11:06 a.m.

Of course we miss very much of history, but we make a selection. The students, after all, have been studying histo…

@sweden Sept. 24, 2018, 11:03 a.m.

I have about 50 hours to teach about this core content. Because of lack of time we focus on some specifics. 1. Ind…

@sweden Sept. 24, 2018, 11 a.m.

@SjodahlLinus Hope you study then. 😂😂😂

@sweden Sept. 24, 2018, 11 a.m.

@yangfulei Unfortunately we don't have the time to talk about history outside of Europe more than very briefly.

@sweden Sept. 24, 2018, 10:59 a.m.

This is the core content of my course.

@sweden Sept. 24, 2018, 10:59 a.m.

@miss_speech Upper secondary school (gymnasiet). The students are 16-17 years old.

@sweden Sept. 24, 2018, 10:52 a.m.

First class with new group in history. A very short introduction to all of world history. #myjob

@sweden Sept. 24, 2018, 9:43 a.m.

Excited. Hope you will enjoy my week. Mostly tweets about swedish traditions, but also some tweets about housing ac…