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Some Things I Love About Sweden:

1. that tarragon is dragon in Swedish

2. Men who can wallpaper AND change diapers AND knit AND fix the car

3. Pettson & Findus

4. barnbidrag and föräldrarledighet*

5. Rebecka, Marie and Cajsa Stina

6. The pretty, pretty money

7. Rapeseed in bloom

8. Carl Larsson

9. Mazariner, lyxbiskvi and vaniljhjärta

10. that television and films are subtitled, not dubbed

11. Moose! Hey! If I bring 4 friends on a moose safari, I get to go for free! Who's with me??

Tell me something YOU love about Sweden!

*governmental dependent subsidies and parental leave
mood: cheerful
music: Katie Melua—Thank You, Stars


I love about Sweden the language - it's musical and expressive and words in sentences are arranged in an order that makes me think in a new way.

Tell you what: I'll be one of the four on the moose safari if you'll pay my way. Then we BOTH get to go free!

Missed you tonight and I'm clearly hooked up to you in the minds of our fellow choir members because they all asked me where you were. I told them you had a bucket of snot you had to empty out. Eller något liknande.

I'm sorry I didn't make it, too. I hate missing choir. I did call and leave a message on Kristina's mobile, and I did tell Debbie I probably wasn't going to make it, but she said she was going to be late and I bet she didn't show at all. I'm glad you went! And I'll be back next week, with bells on. :)

And there's some sort of flaw in your logic regarding the moose safari, methinks, but it's making my head hurt trying to figure it out. :P

Those colds! On my horizon, about 1/3rd of the orchestra was not there tonight, mainly due to people being sick.

The Tull sign!

Fika. Definitely fika.

On the subject of money, though, I heard the other day on BBC Radio that the U.S. is introducing a ten-dollar bill that comes in red, blue, and yellow, or some such thing. Have you heard about that?

I haven't seen the ten yet in real life but here's some pictures for you.

And since a week ago, the Swedish national bank slightly updated the 50 and 1000 SEK bills with the same kind of security details as the 100 and 500 SEK bills had for a while. The 1000 SEK is very uncommon.

Last fall, when a lot (up to a couple every week!) of armed robberies occurred to money transports, it was suggested that Sweden would stop using big bills. At least remove 500 and 1000 SEK, maybe even 100 SEK and instead using more credit card payments. There are a lot of other criminal activity - not to mention the extra fees charged by the bank - related to paying with plastic, so I don't know if it was a good suggestion. It could lead to the cash boxes in stores would be flooded with small value bills, and a need to even more often transport money to and from stores. While it may be impractical for the thief to buy expensive goods using 20 SEK ($3) bills, I wonder if they could prevent them from deposit it onto a bank account.

Has to be the typos.

Which makes me think if the moose are so big how large are the cats. :)

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I don't know anything about Sweden except through you. From your pictures, the snow seems to be stunning. All the better because I'm not freezing in it. ;)

The Swedish Chef!
Bork bork bork!

I love Sweden's open records policy and the way they are allowed to mock and put the governemnt on trial.

The State funded health care system with all its flaws, and the free university.
(I also have very warm feelings about no 4 on your list)

Not the things I would think I'd pour my love into ten years ago, but moving to the States made me see things differently.

I also love that Swedes sing little songs before hey make a toast at big "formal" dinner parties.

Yes to the little songs they sing! It's such a contrast to their more typical reserve and it touches me every single time.

Painted clogs!

I agree with you on Carl Larsson too. Have you ever been up to Sundborn?

No, sadly. Some day, hopefully!

My family passed by Sundborn fifteen years ago, but we never went inside the museum, only enjoying the gardens with all the flowers.

1. Semlor and toscabiter.
2. Affordable pharmaceuticals.
3. Sweet, clean air (good-bye asthma attacks)
4. GOOD coffee.
5. Bicycle friendly.
6. Incredible national public library system.
7. Top hospital care with no bankruptcy following.
8. The all you can pick blueberries, wild strawberries, lingon, etc.
9. Heating included in the cost of the apartment rent.
10. Drying closets.

I'll go on a moose tour, when?

It's so clean here!
BIG cats (although these tend to be descendants of NORWEGIAN forest cats)
The street car in Gothenburg that says ANGERED on the front. (IT goes to a place actually called Angered)

I love the street car! hahahaha!

I want to go on the moose safari!!!!

I'm turning the big "five zero" next birthday, so it would make as nice celebration - well that's what I told L-G who rolled his eyes and said the ultimate killer statement to any attempt I have at seeing a moose "What will we do with Lambi?"


I've never seen a moose in the wild, but my mother has many years ago when she was picking berries or mushrooms in the forest at our summer cottage. She was more scared than excited.

Did you know in the 18th century, I believe under the king of Karl XII, there was a half-hearted attempt to tame and breed moose to use for cavallery? The Swedish were inspired by Arabs who had tamed camels. Probably they had been doing that for hundreds, if not thousands of years though. In a few places today, people are breeding moose for exhibition.

Um, I'm assuming that L-G DOESN'T want to go, so why can't Lambi stay home and be spoiled rotten while you're moose-hunting?

1)The History
4)The Ocean
5)Helena Bergström and Maria Lundquvist(som Sally Santesson)
6)Picking mushrooms/forest berries
7)My neighbour's homemade pickels
8)Midnight Sun
10)Special needs for children

Hey, I'll tell you what: if you pay my way to the moose safari, I'll pay your way to Carl Larssongården and museum here. :) I've never been there, despite it being so close to home.

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