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Try a Swedish Christmas dinner

Posted by Lena on Dec 19, 2016 10:00:00 AM

If you’re new to Sweden, you might be curious to try a traditional Swedish Christmas dinner.

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Topics: Swedish Culture

A Christmas gift - or is it a bribe? A cultural divide!

Posted by Lena on Dec 18, 2016 9:17:00 AM

Many companies have policies on whether members of staff are permitted to accept gifts from clients. We had reason to discuss this internally the other day. A relocation consultant got a surprise visit from a transferee that she had recently helped to settle in Sweden.

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Topics: Swedish Culture

Christmas in Sweden and around the world

Posted by staff alexander on Dec 17, 2016 3:25:00 PM

Christmas in an enchanting time of the year for many of us, but it is still a holiday that is celebrated very differently in different parts of the world. For starters, Swedes celebrate Christmas on December 24; one day before many of the other countries in the West. In Sweden, Christmas celebrations are often kicked off at 3 p.m. when the whole family gathers in front of the TV to watch Donald Duck and his friends get up to mischief for an hour. It does not matter how old you are or how many times you’ve seen the show – Donald Duck is as important as dancing around the tree on Christmas Eve.

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Topics: Swedish Culture

Christmas Markets in Sweden and Abroad

Posted by staff alexander on Dec 16, 2016 3:15:00 PM

Few things are better about the holiday season than Christmas markets. Few places have so much holiday spirit gathered in one place at once, and, often located in the city centers, they provide the perfect break for stressed out Christmas shoppers who are running around looking for the last presents. In Europe, Christmas markets are a common phenomenon and some cities are known for their markets more than others. In case you are planning a weekend trip, or are just enjoying Christmas in Sweden, we have provided a few suggestions for Christmas markets worth the visit.

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Topics: Swedish Culture

Christmas Dinner; the French Way

Posted by staff alexander on Dec 14, 2016 4:02:00 PM

To advertise a Christmas dinner the French way may seem silly seen as we are all in Sweden, and Swedes have very distinct Christmas celebrations, foods and traditions. We do understand, however, that for someone who is not yet accustomed to the Swedish way of celebrating the holidays, other alternatives may seem more appealing. Even if you go all out for Swedish Christmas, the process can be overwhelming and something not-so-traditional is sometimes nice to catch a break and unwind.

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Topics: Swedish Culture

Musicals and Plays to Watch

Posted by staff alexander on Dec 13, 2016 4:33:00 PM

Sweden has a huge scene for musicals and plays, and just like movie premiers, many of them open around Christmas time. Although significantly more expensive than going to the movies, there is something quite extraordinary about experiencing the actors’ presence on stage and to feel the emotions of the story as it is being told right before your eyes. If you have not yet experienced Swedish theatre, here are some suggestions for where to begin your search for the perfect play. As a side note, it should be mentioned that most plays are in Swedish, but it is guaranteed to be a good night if only for the exciting atmosphere. In addition, many of the shows are right before your dinner table in a restaurant setting, so you get entertainment and food all in one place!

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Topics: Swedish Culture

Christmas Dinner in Sweden a.k.a Julbord

Posted by staff alexander on Dec 12, 2016 4:42:00 PM

Swedes are crazy about their Christmas dinners, and restaurants across Sweden will often offer great Christmas dinner buffets, called “Julbord,” as early as November. These restaurants generally offer a gigantic smorgasbord of dishes associated with Christmas in Sweden, and is therefore a great way to explore Sweden’s culinary tradition around the holiday without having to figure out complicated recipes yourself. Here are some examples of renowned restaurants who offer world-class Julbord seating, and wherever you may go, you are well advised to make your reservations well ahead of time as they all tend to sell out:

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Topics: Swedish Culture

Traditional Christmas in Sweden – what you need to know!

Posted by Lena on Dec 11, 2016 3:40:00 PM

1. It is the time of year when Swedes become social.

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Topics: Swedish Culture

Christmas gift of the year

Posted by staff alexander on Nov 24, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Christmas Presents

Every year there’s a specific item which becomes the “Christmas gift” of the year in Sweden, a tradition dating back to 1988. The specific item is announced by HUI Research; a research company specializing in providing facts, analyzing data and providing guidance to companies. The selection is based on a study of the recent retail outlet. A prognosis of the position of the retail outlet is given on the 11th of November, but the final selected item is announced on the 25th of November. In order for a product to qualify as the Christmas gift of the year it has to be: (1) new or peaked a renewed interest over the year; (2) it has to have a high sales value or having been sold in large quantities; (3) and it should represent the time we live in.

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Topics: Swedish Culture

A Cost of Living Comparison in the EU for Expats

Posted by Lena Rekdal on Oct 4, 2016 9:56:00 AM

Europe is a beautiful place with some of the world’s most technological advanced cities like Geneva, Stockholm, London, and Berlin. There are many people who live and work across Europe who always are looking for better opportunities, but in order to do so they need to know the cost of living across the Europe.

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Topics: Moving to Europe