Posts in Denmark
what happens in the north. scandinavian constitutions #1

Autumn 2018 is an election time in Sweden. Elections are crucial part of democratic system and Scandies are doing it well. Scandinavian countries for many years get to the podium of democracy world index. I thought of taking Swedish elections as an opportunity to research Scandinavian countries and their political systems. They rise from similar historical conditions and traditions, but still have some differences.

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sweden's last war and the norwegian constitution

Histories of all Scandinavian countries are connected with each other. For several centuries Denmark and Norway were under the same ruler, the same for Finland and Sweden. Let’s remind ourselves of the Kalmar Union or the fact that Vikings originated from the whole North. Scandinavia was self-sufficient. But sometimes tracks of the history combined the northern countries with continental Europe.

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the rain review - tv show that will not surprise you, but lure you in

It’s not as simple as it would seem – I explore all shades of Scandinavia, therefore I would watch any production made there. To be straightforward, maybe I’d like to do that, but simply there is too much of that. Nevertheless, post apocalyptic Denmark saved by bunch of teenagers wouldn’t go to the top of my must see list. And with the awareness of how predictable “The Rain” is, I cannot wait for the season 2. Especially that there was one twist, that I didn’t expect and cannot explain.

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female vikings - could Lagertha really exist?

Fierce women from Viking age on battlefield are an appealing pop cultural concept, which is selling well. Is history backing this up in any way? In autumn 2017 Swedish scientists confirmed first female Viking warrior. Did they discover Swedish Mulan or it is just a woman buried with a sword of her husband who died abroad?

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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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meeting of nature and human on Kullaberg

This time I am using the post's theme just as an excuse to share beautiful (hopefully) photos of beautiful (for sure) Kullaberg. It is not just one of the biggest attraction of Skåne area, but also a place of inter human discord. About the latter I learned long time after I spent an amazing, sunny day, walking around more green or more grey parts of Kullaberg.

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aquavit – water of life

The name itself is fairly easy to decode – water of life, from latin Aqua vitae. It’s main ingredients are cumin and dill and contains 40% of alcohol on average. It’s a Scandinavian pride, but you can find it in other countries. Where exactly? What are the differences between Swedish and Norwegian aquavit? How many drinking songs do Swedes have? Or maybe a recipe for a drink with aquavit?

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