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what happens in the north. sex in sweden #2

There were few reasons that motivated me to prepare this text. First of all, I wanted to write it for a long time now – something more engaged and timeous. Secondly, on July 1st samtyckeslag (the consent law) came into force, which may or may not change something in sexual relation of Swedes, but for sure sustained discussion opened thanks to #metoo campaign. Lastly, on September 9th Swedish elections took place, so the hostesses of the podcast Alla våra ligg invited all the political parties to talk about sex. Inspired by all those factors, I wanted to sum up those interviews and put them in a context of sex life in Sweden.  

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swedish pagan christmas. swedish christmas #3

You see the title of this text and your eyes open wide or you frown your forehead? Before Christianity, German folks had their own traditions, performed around the third week of December, which simply underwent Christianised reformulation. Or... did they? Swedes still call their Christmas celebration without words "holiday", "birth" or "God". In that area they follow the traditions of their ancestors, which have something to do with Polish best export product, "The Witcher". How cool is that!

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saint lucia's day: post scriptum. swedish christmas #2

For Swedes Saint Lucia's Day is the beginning of Christmas season. As a northern nation, they deal with darkness in winter for much longer time than other parts of Europe. About the Lucia herself and how tradition of her came to Scandinavia you can read here, and today let's take a look how the celebration looks today. And at food, of course. I will intermingle the text with some pictures from Lund during the Christmas time.

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saints export: Lucia. swedish christmas #1

As a person and as a historian I noticed close relations between Sweden and Italy. There are significantly more Italian students in Sweden that you would expect, many Swedish historians write about Italian history and vice versa. Lucia is an Italian patron of Syracuse, memory of whom is celebrated in Sweden until today. December 13th is a special day across the nation. Beside dresses, songs and processions Swedes would not be Swedes if they had a tradition without a traditional baking. All that because of saint depicted with her eyes on a tray.

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labour day in sweden

Labour Day is celebrated on May 1st and is one of the most important holidays in Sweden. In a country, which welfare state was built by a Social Democratic Party that was in the government for more than 40 years, this day cannot pass without any marches or parades. And as Swedish PM, Stefan Löfven, came to Malmö, I couldn’t miss the opportunity. Below you can find the photo relation and short history of Swedish Social Democracy.

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