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Swedish as a Second Language and Becoming an Immigrant

Like most of you interested in Swedish, I learned it as a second language because I fell in love with a Swede. And as a token of my love, I had to humble myself enough to learn Swedish as an adult. One question I get asked often is how long it took me to learn […]

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The First Nordic Food Festival in New York! Prominent Chefs from Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, etc!

“We are excited to be the venue partner of the first NORTH Nordic Food Festival,” says VP of Culinary and Pastry Arts at The International Culinary Center, Chef Candy Argondizza. “The rise in popularity and prominence of the cooking from this region is hard to ignore especially with NOMA, Maaemo, Aska and of course one […]

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Lost in Vancouver Island!

UPDATED JULY 6TH, 2013 This post is LONG overdue, but I have simply been lost in Vancouver Island! This place is absolutely breathtaking and very reminiscent of the beautiful northern and west coast of Sweden, where you get a daily dose of mountains, tall pines, ocean views and sea salt in the air. Almost every […]

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Update! The Swede Life Comes to Vancouver Island This Summer!

Sorry I haven’t posted in awhile, as it has been a hectic last 2 weeks. We are preparing to do a very long summer home exchange on Vancouver Island from June to September! We are excited to explore this area and see the beautiful nature Vancouver has to offer. We are privileged in that both […]

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Canada, the great compromise between the U.S. and Sweden

Sorry I have been out of commission the last week or so since I was traveling to Texas to meet my family. I feel like a fish out of water here, as I traveled from an arctic -15C to a balmy +28C with nearly 70% humidity within a day! My skin feels great, but I […]

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Growing up Swedish and playing in Toronto

As a Swedish child, you have plenty of ways to play or “leka med” other Swedes in Toronto. Nowadays, you can easily get Swedish toys and books as well as join in a Swedish playgroup. First, a shout out to the Swedish Church and Pastor Anna Runesson, who started a wonderful program for Swedish kids […]

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Watching Swedish TV or downloading Swedish music from Toronto or Anywhere Else in the World!

UPDATED: MARCH 24, 2014 One thing that people miss from their home countries which makes living abroad easier is definitely local TV in their native language. Luckily, the Internet has eliminated most of that problem. However, it is still a bit limited because of local copyright and region access laws. So while you may get […]

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