Sweden

Cultureteca 10.01.16

Sweden Imposes ID Checks Over ‘The Bridge’ On Monday Sweden implemented mandatory identity checks for travellers arriving by train, bus, or ferry from Denmark, in an attempt to reduce the number of migrants arriving in the country. All passengers are now obliged to show a passport, driving license, or Swedish national identity card in order to make the journey, with the impact centred on…

Daily Visual 07.01.16: Krysset Burns in Skellefteå

Max is Sweden’s favourite fast food chain, more profitable in the country than McDonald’s or Burger King, serving the usual fare of hamburgers, chicken bits, fries, and milkshakes but emphasising its national heritage and regularly topping taste tests. Swedish music only is played in Max restaurants, while the chain has taken a lead in the sector when it comes to…

Swedish Lussekatter

Throughout Scandinavia but in Sweden most of all, Lucia is celebrated on 13 December. One of the most relished dates in the Swedish calendar, marking the start of the Christmas festivities, the celebration brings together old pagan and Christian traditions. Under the Julian calendar, which was introduced by Julius Caesar in 45 BC and thereafter followed across Europe, the winter solstice…

Last Year in Jokkmokk: Winter Market

The name of Jokkmokk, a small town of under 3,000, in the Lappland province in the very north of Sweden, would be Sami for ‘River’s Curve’, only there is no bend or curve to be found in the water here. The town does lie nearby the Lesser Lule River, which is entirely within the municipality of Jokkmokk, along with the tributaries the…

Last Year in Umeå: Wandering in White

The third and final part of this short series showing something of Umeå in the long winter months, and while installments one and two were set in the heart of the Västerbotten metropolis, featuring ice sculptures, slides, log fires, neon lights, reindeer, and fireworks all within the confines of the city itself, the twenty-two images here stray further afield and present an almost unfettered white…

Live 2015 Women’s World Cup: Germany vs. Sweden

Welcome to Culturedarm’s live blog on the fifteenth day of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. With the group phase of the competition coming to a close on Wednesday, the women have had a few days to rest and recuperate and prepare tactically for their upcoming opponents, and the Round of 16 is ready to commence. The first match of the…

Swedish Chokladbollar

The tasty chokladboll, infamously once – and alas occasionally still – known as the negerboll, the humble chocolate ball when translated into English, is one of the most popular of all Swedish confections. As I have previously indicated, the Swedes possess a proclivity towards food days, and the chokladboll had its moment earlier this week: chokladbollens dag fell on Monday,…

PR, Negative Parliamentarism, and Sweden’s Budget Vote

On 3 December, Sweden’s Riksdag effectively rejected the budget proposed by Prime Minister Stefan Löfven’s government. In response, Löfven announced that he would call a snap election, which is scheduled to take place on 22 March. Löfven cannot officially call for a new vote until 29 December; but this means that, less than three months after going to the polls, Sweden must…