“Thought you knew, didn’t ya” Wednesday, Feb 24 2010 

It is better to remain silent and be suspected of being an idiot than to open your mouth and remove all doubt

Christ, everyone can be wrong but it’s always funny to listen to others nationalities thoughts and assumptions. During my visits abroad I have heard a lot of different things about Swedes and I laugh just as much every time.

I saw that you had listed some characteristics like, that everyone loves sport….hmmm…define sport to start with! Many people do like some kind of sport but I assume that you’re referring to soccer, hockey and so on and in that case I’ll have to answer no, me myself do not like either of them, just a huge waste of time in my opinion! We do have a lot of strange animals, but strange animals exist everywhere and depending on where you were born different animals are murky for different people right?

We are rich and yes many people are blonde, but we are also poor and have a lot of brunettes, black haired peoples and red heads. I mean, first of all, rich compared to who? to in comparison with developing countries, yes of course but compared to China we are poor as hell! We live in a modern world where people live in a multi national societies.  I many countries I came across the fact that our women are very beautiful and men also for that matter, and yeah I guess we are better looking in general compared to many countries but that’s just a consequence of modern society’s perceptions of how beautiful people is supposed  to look like, but sure we are hot indeed ha ha! We do not, I repeat we do NOT live amongst ice bears, I can not even in my wildest dreams imagine how anyone, even a moron can believe that, you gotta be damn sure near brainless to assume such a thing!

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Endless amounts of white powder? Tuesday, Feb 23 2010 

Hey people, last time I wrote a little about alcohol and today I’m gonna speak a little about drugs in our cold country ( at least for the moment!!!)

Just as I told last time you have to be 18 to consume alcohol here in Sweden, and it is the same with narcotics! haha just shitting with guys!:)  In Sweden all sorts of narcotics are illegal with one exception, drugs used in medical purposes are legal.  Sweden has had stricter rules than other countries during a long period.when it comes to drugs and alcohol. For example in Denmark, our neighboring country you can buy wine, beer and so on in normal stores but that’s not possible in Sweden.  As in most other countries, drugs has its debut during the teenage years, I believe that many people try at least one kind of drug, perhaps not the heavy stuff, but many people inhale e.g nitrous oxide ( which is a considerably softer drug than e.g cocaine!) . I’m not sure if nitrous oxide is even classified as a drug but I do know that it isn’t very good for your body! In my early teen years I’ve tons of drugs in varying forms, I got friends that have used a lot of different things and some even planted their own stuff. I wont deny that both alcohol and drugs make things, hmm sort of delirious and mostly fun but it in the end it’s just pure crap. I honestly believe that at least 1/4 have tested something here in Sweden, ( I’m talking about teenagers now) and this exclude alcohol, which probably 8/10 have tested and is consuming now and then!

That’s about all I have today, not much but still something! Have a great night, I will!

Kisses and affection // The king  

Darkness just fell upon us… Wednesday, Feb 17 2010 

Evening,  tonight I am goin to write a little about alcohol in Sweden and I hope it’ll meet your expectations.

Here in Sweden we consume a relatively large amount of alcohol, this is purchased from a store, liquor  store that is, which we call Systembolaget in Sweden, don’t ask me why, as the name don’t make no sense, not to me at least! Swedes also go abroad, especially to Germany to import liquor, which is a lot cheaper than in Sweden as our taxes for liquor is insanely high, approximately 20 Euros/ 1 litre of 40% pure alcohol,  and that’s just taxes! Alcohol has meant a great deal of troubles for many families and people. The society pays alot of money to repair damages already been done, and this is why we have a monopoly on alcohol sales, that is the government has one, and this is mainly to prevent alcohol-related injuries of all kinds.

In Sweden you have to 18 years old to go to night clubs, bars and so on, with exceptions of some, the owners can set a higher age limit if the want ( which is actually even more common than having an age limit of 18). In our statue book it is presented in a way that implies drinking in clubs is to drink in a orderly manner, which is just bullshit. At the age of 20 you are allowed to purchase liquor of any kind, when you are 18 you can just buy light beer and light cider from normal food stores or something similar. By goin to what I said was named, Systembolaget you can buy anything that contains liquor and imbibe it anywhere you feel like, almost! As we do have some laws here in Sweden which says that you’re not allowed to drink on common areas, not all of them but where I come from, Gotland, these areas are very very big and annoys all the brats which party there every summer very very very much! And they amuse me so badly you can’t even imagine, but that’s a another story.

• That’s definitely a Swede in the background!!:D •

Even though you aren’t allowed to drink before you turn 18 most youngsters drink at the ages of like 13 today anyways, and I wasn’t any exception, this is of course not good but that’s just the way it works. It is up to every parent and family to control these young ones on the run! Though, if they get caught by the police or family services they will either get driven home or they get to spend the night in a safe location observed but other adults!

Sleep tight, at least I will!

// kisses ‘n hugs

Then you’re a Swede! Sunday, Feb 14 2010 

Hello there! Now it has gone a couple of days and nothing has been publish, how dull! So I wanted to continue on my last post, so here is a little bit more about the Swedish people:)

The first step is obviously knowing the language, as it is in every country. The next step is considerably harder, for instance if you are an immigrant you’re  most likely not raised in a Swedish manner. The art of taking on all the Swedish habits is very hard I think. I cannot explain them all of course but here’s two at least. Not all countries wait in line, e.g in stores, this is probably just as normal for Swedes as it is for every human to breathe, this is something we just adapt from adults, but like I said, many countries do not stand in line at all. Furthermore, here in Sweden we take off our shoes when we get inside and when we visit friends and so on, this is also a thing that many countries don’t do, I dont know why they keep their shoes on as it gets dirty as hell if you don’t take them off but, here we do! One of the absolute worst habits is in my opinion, is to just “put up with things” and not complain- even if there are reasonable grounds for complaint! At times Swedes are incredibly cowardly, we rarely dare to stand up and say, NO, enough is enough, this may not go on! Of course so people do, but there are few who dare, even if they do there are even fewer who actually do anything about it! Only French and Italian farmers would dare to drive their tractors on a freeway to prove a point to the politicians,  this the Swedish farmers would never do.

“By suppressing ourselves and our needs to be heard and to complain, and just adapt to things, even if we do not really agree with them. We form the basic by which we can claim that we have the custom to which were we’ve come.”
By: Anonymous

Here are some additional properties to be able to call yourself a Swede.

1) Learn to look through the peepholes in the apartment door to check if the neighbor is on the way out at the same time as you, you don’t want a confrontation. You want to go out alone and dare not talk to the neighbors.

2) If you by any means would be so lucky that you can by a brand new car, park it around the corner so that your neighbors cannot see it, otherwise they’ll envy you and you mustn’t show that you have succeeded in life!

3) Never be late, and never be early, better to wait outside the, e.g party or dinner until the eta is exact!

The typical Swede! Thursday, Feb 11 2010 

I will now list some things here that demonstrate the typical Swede, read with a sense of irony! These are some things that according to us, the Swedes, show how the typical Swede is !

Exactly!

P.S I wont right typical Swede in every sentence D.S

It’s typical for Swedes too….

• Drink milk right out of the packaging

• To be shy

• To be jealous and to look down on anyone who have done well in life

• To drink alot of alcohol and then throw it up afterwards

• To believe that our country treats, for instance our cattle better than other countries do

• To believe that Sweden is best at everything

• To always obey other countries that are overpowered, for instance ww2

•To cheer for their own country in sport situations no matter what

• To swim naked ( I mean c’mon!!!)

•To think that everyone should be exactly equal in all things

• To believe that the class society doesn’t exist in Sweden ( yeaah)

• To slip away and hide a little bit and imagine that your alone at the bus stop when in fact there is one more person there, but you’re just to darn afraid to even admit that someones there, none the less to start a conversation.

• To eat sour Herring, I mean wtf! who does that, it is totally insane in my opinion! Try eating a dogs ass and see how it tastes…

• To cover their eyes for the truth

• To use the word, lagom, which briefly means its not good, not bad, not to little and not to much, it works!

• At last, to invent a stupid thing like dynamit!

♦ A special place… for everyone! ♦ Wednesday, Feb 10 2010 

This my friends, this is me, this is where I belong and this is where I was born, Gotland!   It’s the largest island in the Baltic Sea. At 3,140 square kilometers in area, it makes up less than one percent of Sweden’s total land area. The region also includes the small islands of Fårö and Gotska Sandön to the north, and the tiny Karlsö Islands to the west. The inhabitants number is 57,317 (2006 SCB figure), with about 22,600 living in Visby, the main town.

Activities and Attractions on Gotland
Gotland has more to offer than limestone stacks safari and lazy days on the beach! Amongst the activities you´ll find everything from diving, cave exploring, golf, wind surfing, shooting and ocean kayak to horseback riding and kite-flying. Other attractions are the steam train railway and the Christmas market in Visby. Gotland offers almost unlimited resources of leisure and recreation for you to discover!

Yearly Events
Every week, there are always events going on on Gotland. From variety shows and the kite festival to big events like Round Gotland Race, organized by The Royal Swedish Yacht Club and the Medieval Week.
Gotland Organ Week in the Cathedral St Mary of Visby is a week of organ music with concerts in the Cathedral and in the parish churches in the countryside. Other musical events are the Vadstuck Rock festival, the Gotland Chamber Music Festival with many international artists and the international Gotland Country and Folk Dancing Festival. There are many motor sports and racing events on Gotland. Gotland Grand National dirt bike competition in Tofta is Sweden’s biggest motorcycle competition. Gotland Ring is a multifunctional state-of-the-art motor facility. Many other events are organized every year on the island of Gotland.

Beautiful Coastline and Silky Sand Beaches
Beaches lie within cycling distance and the ride along the cliffs is easily worth the negligible cost of renting a bike. If you get really tired, you can even take your bike on the bus.
Gotland has many sandy beaches but also stony coastlines. Relax by taking long walks along the beaches. By the way – Gotland has Sweden’s sunshine record.

Discover Our History
Gotland has many historic monuments, museums and ruins of churches and abbeys. More buried treasures have been found here in modern times than anywhere else in the world. The Historical Museum of Gotland shows treasures from the Viking era. Here you will meet the island´s 8000 years of very rich history with stories of brave medieval knights and Gotland’s last pirate. Another very special museum is the stone quarry museum in Bläse. All museums have guided tours.
You can also learn about the history of the Vikings at the Viking Village, one of many exciting historical activities in the Gotlandic countryside. Also, the island has almost one hundred medieval churches, one in every parish. Take a guided walk through enchanting Visby and hear the city’s tales and legends. The Visby Tourist Information Center sells tickets to sightseeings.

Education in Sweden Monday, Feb 8 2010 

The Swedish public school system consists of of the compulsory school and the voluntary school forms. To the compulsory school are the primary, Sami, and special school counted for.  To the voluntary school forms is preschool, upper secondary, the municipal adult education and education for mentally retarded adults. According to the Swedish Education act, all children and young people should have access to an equal education, which in my opinion isn’t true at all, but hey, that’s just me! Regardless of gender, geographical location and social and economic conditions we all have these rights.  The school year normally begins in late August and lasts until early June the year after. Overall the academic year covers approximately 40 weeks. The school weeks is from Monday to Friday, there are some holidays during the semesters and during Christmas we have almost 3 weeks off.

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Victoria and Daniel- Less than 200 days until the Royal Wedding! Thursday, Feb 4 2010 

• Stockholm the Capital of Sweden is gettin ready for a great celebration this summer

• Queen Silvia and King Carl XVI Gustav at their wedding announcement back in 1976..

• Crown Princess Victoria and her soon to be husband Mr Daniel Westling at their wedding announcement..

The Royal Wedding 19th of June 2010

This summer Crown Princess Victoria and her Daniel will marry at the very same date and in the same church as her parents did.King Carl XVI Gustav and Queen Silvia married in Storkyrkan in 1976. Storkyrkan is a 700 year old Stockholm Cathedral, and was the first church built in the city. It is situated in the heart of Gamla Stan, on a walking distance from the Royal Castle.

A couple of million people are expected to take part of this both national and international event. In addition, estimated around 2 000 journalists, of which 700-800 from foreign media will come to watch the wedding. The hotel industry calculates all hotels to be filled and approx. 180 000 rooms to be sold during this period. So if you plan to visit Stockholm this summer in June, you should book your accommodation as soon as possible

Love Stockholm 2010 – the “two-week event” before the actual wedding, takes off on the National Day which is the 6th of June. During this period artists will perform from scenes located at different areas in the city (lots of the arrangements are free). There will be flower decorations all over and love poems written by well known poets will be played from speakers when you walk along Strandvägen. According to the City of Stockholm, the streets will be filled with music, art, culture, fashion, design and history.

The Royal wedding will be followed by huge audiences on television worldwide. When King Carl XVI Gustav was married to Queen Silvia, the ceremony was followed by about half a billion TV viewers. I believe that this summer’s wedding will be even greater.


Hello world! Tuesday, Feb 2 2010 

Here we go then,  every blog needs a shaky start right huh?  This is me, 18 years old and soon turning 19! Name is Sebastian and at the moment I spend most of my days in school in a city called Västerås, difficult letters there I know, and apologize for em!  But that’s just a part of  being Swedish, you’ll have to get used to those weird letters and a lot more peculiar things which I will try to tell you guys a little about in this blog. I will pick totally random subjects and try to cover as much information as I possible can, everything from food culture, the royalties to some politics! Anyways, here we go, as I’m having an idea drought for now I’ll just post something about food today to start with!

Thursday Pea Soup and Pancakes is a common dish in Swedish restaurants and households, it is an unpretentious but well-liked part of social life. Scandinavian pea soup normally includes pieces of pork – although it may sometimes be served on the side. A typical recipe would also include some onion and herbs, such as thyme and marjoram. It is usually eaten with some mustard, often accompanied by crisp bread and sometimes the sweet liquor punsch (served hot). Mustard is an important part of the dish, served on the side. The soup is then normally followed by pancakes with jam, strawberry, raspberry or blueberry or similar. Scandinavian Pancakes Are usually served with jam and whipped cream or ice cream as a main dish with a variety of savory fillings. Traditional Swedish variations can be exotic. Beside the usual thin pancakes which resembles the French crêpes, the Swedish cuisine has plättar which resemble tiny English pancakes. Plättar are small and are being fried several at a time in a special pan
Others resemble German pancakes but include fried pork in the batter; these are baked in the oven. Potato pancakes called Raggmunk contain shredded raw potato, and may contain other vegetables (sometimes the pancake batter is omitted, producing rårakor). Raggmunk and Rårakor are traditionally eaten with pork rinds and lingonberry jam.