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I Just Met You / And This is Crazy / But Here is Gunhild / Carling Maybe

Gunhild Carling is a Swedish jazz musician.
Gunhild Carling plays bagpipe swing.
Gunhild Carling plays three trumpets simultaneously.
Gunhild Carling taps to an SM58 on the floor.
Gunhild Carling will never hurt you.
posted by cortex on Sep 13, 2016 - 10 comments

Sex Pigs Halt Traffic

Sex pigs halt traffic after laser attack on Pokémon teens. Tiny Insjön in central Sweden isn't known for pig mask-wearing couples shooting lasers at Pokémon hunters before having sex against a waterwheel. But that could be about to change. (SLSwedishlocalnews)
posted by Capt. Renault on Aug 16, 2016 - 73 comments

“It’s like a mixture of yeast and Roquefort,”

Divers in Sweden Sniff Out 340-Year-Old Shipwrecked Cheese [The Guardian] Divers exploring a historic royal shipwreck off the south-east coast of Sweden have discovered what they believe is probably a chunk of exceedingly smelly, 340-year-old cheese. “We’re pretty sure it’s some kind of dairy product, butter or cheese,” said Kalmar county museum’s Lars Einarsson, who is in charge of the dive on the wreck of the Kronan, a 126-gun warship that sank in 1676. “It’s like a mixture of yeast and Roquefort, a sort of really ripe, unpasteurised cheese,” Einarsson told local media. He added that, while he was partial to cheeses “whose character lives on in their smell”, this one was “probably not for everyone”.
posted by Fizz on Jul 28, 2016 - 26 comments

Don't Drink and Dive

To raise the public's awareness on the risks of taking a dip when intoxicated, [Swedish insurance company] Trygg-Hansa invited Stockholm Men’s Synchronized Swimming Team to participate in a little experiment. All they asked was for the three-time world champions to perform their regular, winning routine — but with one small difference. They performed drunk. [via]
posted by not_on_display on May 21, 2016 - 25 comments

Odd Swedish Habits

Swedes are an interesting bunch. They're efficient but they love a good coffee-break, they're humble but they hang flags on their front porches, and they can appear cold at a glance but are as warm as an Arctic sauna when you really, really get to know them. And to me, they're also quite odd. [more inside]
posted by Bella Donna on May 20, 2016 - 56 comments

Du luktar som en get!

How to play Skitgubbe, the "Swedish Goat Game"
posted by DoctorFedora on May 9, 2016 - 8 comments

How Sweden's Roads Became the Safest in the World

When Vision Zero first launched, Sweden recorded seven traffic fatalities per 100,000 people; today, despite a significant increase in traffic volume, that number is fewer than three. "The largest resistance we got to the idea about Vision Zero was from those political economists that have built their whole career on cost-benefit analysis. ... although they might not say it explicitly, the idea is that there is an optimum number of fatalities." [more inside]
posted by Bella Donna on Apr 29, 2016 - 26 comments

{dials} "Bork, bork, bork, bork!"{click}

Are you lonely? But your relatives just want to talk about that election, and your friends about their problems, and your work colleagues about your boss? Then dial The Swedish Number, get connected to a random Swede and talk about anything! (Call charges apply. A service provided by the Swedish Tourist Association.)
posted by Wordshore on Apr 7, 2016 - 48 comments

Good evening, Stockholm!

After a series of national selection processes, all 43 contestants for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest are set. Two familiar faces (last year's winner, Måns Zelmerlöw, and 2013 host Petra Mede) will guide us through two semis and a Grand Final while hopefully also making sense of a new vote-counting system. Come for the camp, stay for the geopolitical intrigue. [more inside]
posted by zebra on Mar 21, 2016 - 52 comments

No cows were tipped in the making of this video

Betessläpp: like the last day of school for cows. Assuming the last day of school had huge cheering crowds.
posted by jacquilynne on Mar 21, 2016 - 9 comments

Breaking up is easy...if you have the right vessel

And it’s even easier with a bit of international cooperation: Time lapse video of USCGC Bristol Bay and CCGS Samuel Risley working together to break ice from Sarnia to Windsor, Ontario, in one day. Further inland, Amphibex icebreaking machines are used to break ice on the Red River in Manitoba to prevent flooding from ice jamming ahead of spring. That's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to icebreaking... [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy on Mar 20, 2016 - 19 comments

Amazing Marble Machine Music

Amazing Marble Machine Music [slyt]
posted by zeoslap on Mar 1, 2016 - 45 comments

The Death of the Most Generous Nation on Earth

Sweden's initial humanitarian response, and subsequent withdrawal in the face of the European refugee crisis. (Single link foreign policy article.)
posted by Ned G on Feb 11, 2016 - 84 comments

Platform Cooperatives: Money as a (Public) Service

In Sweden, a Cash-Free Future Nears - "Few places are tilting toward a cashless future as quickly as Sweden, which has become hooked on the convenience of paying by app and plastic." [more inside]
posted by kliuless on Feb 11, 2016 - 15 comments

"I'm really sorry that I deleted your penis"

Someone draws a large penis in the snow in a canal in Gothenburg, Sweden. A concerned citizen removes it when the City decides it is too dangerous to remove due to thin ice. This is what happens next. [more inside]
posted by any portmanteau in a storm on Jan 22, 2016 - 81 comments

The IKEA Dictionary

The IKEA dictionary explains the origin of over 1200 IKEA product names.
posted by jedicus on Nov 28, 2015 - 49 comments

The Season Of The Goat 2015

Hi friends! Soon I´m back om my feet, and we shall se each other again! #sharegavle #gavlegoat And thus begins the live cam from Gävle Sweden, and the construction of the Christmas Goat has begun!
posted by hippybear on Nov 26, 2015 - 31 comments

“It is a black day for Sweden,”

Sweden school attack: horror as sword attacker kills teacher and pupil. [The Guardian] [Article contains graphic descriptions of violence.] [more inside]
posted by Fizz on Oct 22, 2015 - 51 comments

Perhaps she even wiggled her toes, just like Pippi.

Who was the woman behind Pippi Longstocking? Freshly released wartime diaries along with a new biography reveal Astrid Lindgren, author of some of the world's most beloved children's literature, to be as radical and determined as her best-known character.
posted by ellieBOA on Oct 22, 2015 - 21 comments

"I'm gonna ask you to sing along with me, but let me get in tune first..."

Pete Seeger - Concert in Sweden 1968. Seeger sings a mix of folk songs, protest songs, and songs from around the world. And as usual, he gets the audience to sing along with him sometimes.
posted by colfax on Sep 18, 2015 - 4 comments

Bring your own kannebullar

Sweden Simulator; a browser-based virtual-reality simulation of many of the common experiences of Swedish life. [more inside]
posted by acb on Sep 11, 2015 - 24 comments

Tomato sauce! Cheese! Canned Fruit Cocktail! Chocolate!

Tomato sauce! Cheese! Canned Fruit Cocktail! Chocolate!

In Sweden, its culinary landscape has created - out of necessity and osmosis - a national blanket of works of art that reach such a deeply fucked surreal and counter-intuitive culinary splendor that the most absurd creations by high-concept experimental artists, experimental chefs or artist-chef-experimental-weirdos wither in comparison. HuffPoUK's Johan Kugelberg on Swedish Pizza. [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Sep 3, 2015 - 30 comments

Surely it can't happen here.....can it?

How the Nordic far-right has stolen the left’s ground on welfare
posted by lalochezia on Jul 26, 2015 - 23 comments

Swedish anti-immigration right plans "offensive" pride parade

Next week is pride week in Sweden and even social conservatives are getting in on the fun. The catch? They intend to host an LGBT pride parade through suburbs which contain large muslim immigrant populations. Left-wing activists have called the pride parade a racist attempt to offend muslims and are planning a counter-demonstration. The protest is organised, by Jan Sjunnesson, a journalist closely associated with the the anti-immigration right-wing Swedish Democratic party. In recent opinion polls the party polled 23.3% which, if followed in elections would make them Sweden's second largest political party. The party is linked with fascism and the far right (associations they would dispute) (NB:Google Translate links) [more inside]
posted by Another Fine Product From The Nonsense Factory on Jul 23, 2015 - 77 comments

The truth of Klerksdorp Spheres, and the mystery of Costa Rican spheres

The Klerksdorp Spheres found near Ottosdal, South Africa, Moqui Marbles from Utah and Arizona, and the Moeraki Boulders on Koekohe Beach on the Otago coast of New Zealand all have something in common: they aren't puzzling ancient artifacts or possibly proof of otherworldly connections, but rather concretions, naturally occurring geologic features that are created in the same fashion as pearls. Archaeology Fantasies debunks the myths of the Klerksdorp Spheres, and also details what is know of the giant stone balls of Costa Rica, which retain some mystery to their creation and purpose. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jul 21, 2015 - 12 comments

"There's a lot of terrible smells in there."

"What the fuck is this and where is it from and how do I never have it again?" (SLBuzzfeed)

Americans taste surströmming (Swedish fermented herring) for the first time. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Jul 1, 2015 - 89 comments

Free tuition around the world, a different sort of study abroad

While the status of Obama's "American College Promise" initiative that proposes two free years of community college for "everybody who's willing to work for it" (announced back in January) is far from certain, The Washington Post identified seven countries -- Germany, Finland, France, Sweden, Norway, Slovenia, and Brazil -- where Americans can study at universities, in English, for free (or almost free), and BBC's News Magazine recently detailed how this works in Germany, both from the side of a new student from outside of Germany, and what Germany gets out of the situation. But if you want to stay in the US, TIME identifies 25 colleges where you can get a tuition for free (with a number of caveats, of course).
posted by filthy light thief on Jun 4, 2015 - 13 comments

"Some of them wear high heels..."

US vs. Nordic Policing How many shots are needed?
posted by zeikka on May 28, 2015 - 25 comments

WELCOME TO SWEDEN

The Singing Sailor Underwater Defense System - the Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society sends out a message of peace, love, understanding and respect to Russian submariners cruising through the Stockholm archepelago
posted by a lungful of dragon on May 12, 2015 - 8 comments

Have we learned something?

The answer is most definitely shhp. [more inside]
posted by Confess, Fletch on Apr 22, 2015 - 4 comments

On Swedish dads, paternity leave and adorable, tow-headed kids

This sweet set of photographs by photographer Johan Bävman depicts Swedish men caring for their children during paternity leave. Many of these men indicate that they are still considered rather unusual despite Sweden's notably progressive stance on paternity leave. The UK is changing, too: from this coming month, paternity leave will be more generous for men thanks to the efforts of the Lib Dems.
posted by averysmallcat on Mar 27, 2015 - 20 comments

In Sweden, you don’t do anything until you do it right.

...he co-wrote four songs on the Backstreet Boys’ self-titled 1996 debut album, one of which, “Quit Playing Games With My Heart,” went to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. And with that, his career took off. You probably know most of what comes next. For instance, you probably know that, to date, Martin has co-written 19 songs that went to #1 on the Hot 100, and another 36 that charted in the top 10 but didn't manage to hit #1. You probably know that many of those songs were recorded by Katy Perry (who has recorded 10 top-10 songs with Martin), Taylor Swift (six top-10 songs with Martin), Britney Spears (also six), P!nk (five), and the Backstreet Boys (five). You might also know that Martin’s 19 chart-toppers put him at third place on the all-time list behind Paul McCartney (32) and John Lennon (26). Stereogum's Michael Nelson on superproducer/songwriter Max Martin, complete with a list of 30 Essential Max Martin Songs.
posted by everybody had matching towels on Mar 27, 2015 - 44 comments

In the world of sign language, this man is Michael Jackson

Swedish sign language interpreter, Tommy Krångh, interpreted and danced his way through a song performed by singer Magnus Carlsson on Melodifestivalen.
posted by gman on Mar 16, 2015 - 8 comments

More manly with two men

CRAZY PICTURES are a Swedish group of young comedians who produce short films. Their humour abuses tropes from all manner of genres, sometimes resulting in insightful social commentary, and sometimes just surreal silliness. We shall lead off with the straight-played gender-swapping "Take Me" and the sequel "See Me", but there is so much more … (English subtitles may need to be manually activated.) [more inside]
posted by Aiwen on Mar 13, 2015 - 4 comments

It's not Ikea Sans—Sweden's new national typeface

Stockholm-based design firm Söderhavet has designed a typeface for Sweden that it thinks sums up the country's own design heritage. The resulting typeface is a practical serif/sans hybrid that is inspired by Sweden's tradition of minimalist design, and the principal of lagom—not too much, but not too little.
posted by polywomp on Feb 21, 2015 - 55 comments

USA vs Scandinavia

Do the Scandinavians really have it all figured out?
posted by 00dimitri00 on Feb 11, 2015 - 122 comments

Twinkle is cool, you better believe it, even on an old lady

Bacillakuten, a Swedish childrens' programme about the body has seen both controversy and applause due to a music clip on YouTube was released as a preview for an upcoming episode about genitalia. Initially marked as adult content on YouTube, the video quickly saw several million views and sparked mixed reactions from parents. The composer, Johan Holmström, plans to release an English-language version of the video for international audiences on Valentines' Day.
posted by frimble on Feb 10, 2015 - 34 comments

Piratenpartei accessing to Berne?

Piratenpartei MEP Julia Reda’s draft report on copyright (pdf) has been heavily criticized by former Swedish Pirate Party MEP Amelia Andersdotter (previously).
posted by jeffburdges on Jan 29, 2015 - 7 comments

Trolljägarna

Swedish journalist Robert Aschberg, the television show Troll Hunter, Research Group and the ethics of exposing trolls.
The goal of Troll Hunter is not to rid the Internet of every troll. “The agenda is to raise hell about all the hate on the Net,” he says. “To start a discussion.” Back at the Troll Hunter office, a whiteboard organized Aschberg’s agenda. Dossiers on other trolls were tacked up in two rows: a pair of teens who anonymously slander their high school classmates on Instagram, a politician who runs a racist website, a male law student who stole the identity of a young woman to entice another man into an online relationship. In a sign of the issue’s resonance in Sweden, a pithy neologism has been coined to encompass all these forms of online nastiness: näthat (“Net hate”). Troll Hunter, which has become a minor hit for its brash tackling of näthat, is currently filming its second season.
posted by frimble on Dec 18, 2014 - 25 comments

Gävlebocken 2014 - Long Live The Goat!

Sweden's annual Straw Christmas Goat was revealed on November 30. A regular target for arson, 2013's incarnation survived nearly until Christmas Day. This year, steps are being taken that are hoped to keep the goat in place until the end of the holiday season. The Goat has an oddly encouraging (yet still a bit existential) twitter account you can follow, and also a webcam so you can keep watch no matter where you are. (Previously)
posted by hippybear on Dec 3, 2014 - 69 comments

“If there’s no god, why should I believe in him?”

The Norden is a Finnish TV series, taking Americans and introducing them to their profession within the Nordic countries. First, James Conway, retired Superintendent of Attica Correctional Facility in New York, visits four Nordic prisons and facilities. An excerpt, and the full episode with English subtitles. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Nov 8, 2014 - 70 comments

A Medical First: Woman Successfully Gives Birth With A Donated Womb

In January, we heard that several women in Sweden had received uterine transplants. This weekend, for the first time in history, a woman born without a womb gave birth to a living child. [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Oct 6, 2014 - 17 comments

The name Kristian Matsson is in fact an anagram for Taekwondo Steve.

Swedish fly fisherman and filmmaker Rolf Nylinder takes a trip to Slovenia with Kristian Matsson (Tallest Man on Earth) and friends. [more inside]
posted by jimmythefish on Sep 30, 2014 - 7 comments

S is for Stand, Still, Stay, Silent and especially Sundberg

"Stand Still, Stay Silent" is the follow-up to Minna Sundberg's successful webcomic "A Redtail's Dream" (previously), but instead of a 550 page Finnish fantasy tale, it's a post-apocalyptic but still very Scandinavian story intended to run for years. After 10 months of almost-every-weekday pages, she has taken a short break for the end of 'Book One' and it's a good time to catch up. (SPOILERS INSIDE, but reading from the beginning is still strongly recommended) [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop on Sep 12, 2014 - 10 comments

Grab some sushi when you visit Mars

Say you find yourself at Stockholm's Globe Arena (the largest hemispherical building in the world) and don't feel like taking in a show. No problem -- just find Götgatan and head north. You'll come to the Stockholm City Museum. Look for a short pillar with an orb atop it. That's Mercury. You just walked one twenty-millionth of the distance from the Sun's corona to its first planet, and started your tour of the Sweden Solar System. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Aug 28, 2014 - 11 comments

The Painted Horses of Sweden

First they're carved, then they are dipped, and finally they are painted. In the late 1930s, the Dalahäst (Dalecarlian horse, or Dala horse to Americans) made the transition from traditional home-made Swedish toy to Swedish symbol when they became the centerpiece of the Swedish Pavilions at the 1939 World's Fair. Although many (Scandinavian-)Americans associate the brightly painted wooden horses painted in the kurbits style with yuletide decor, the toys have no seasonal assignation for Swedes.
posted by julen on Aug 14, 2014 - 16 comments

Do not go slippery into that good night

Swedes are mourning the death of Åle, the world's oldest European eel, who was found dead on Friday at age 155.
posted by argonauta on Aug 9, 2014 - 49 comments

Fake war is the state's killer app

Politically speaking, "the most anticipated game was the Left Party who faced their arch rivals the Sweden Democrats." This was actually the first pairing of the tournament and pitted the Left's Prospect against the Sweden Democrats' Zaki. "It was truly a grudge match between the right and the left and it did not leave anybody disappointed." -- Reasoned debate is boring; in Sweden politicians settle their differences through Starcraft II battles.
posted by MartinWisse on Apr 29, 2014 - 12 comments

No 1 for quality of life

Stockholm - it's not a coincidence!
posted by growabrain on Apr 9, 2014 - 35 comments

It was forty years ago today, those Swedes taught the band to play

April 6, 1974 -- Final night of the Eurovision Song Contest [1h50m, auf Deutsch (but music is the universal language)] If you don't want the full, stuffy context, you can watch the winning performance. (You already know who won... ) And watch them perform again after they were named winners. [more inside]
posted by hippybear on Apr 6, 2014 - 22 comments

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