Allsång på Skansen, is a Swedish show at Skansen in Stockholm every summer. The audience is supposed to sing-along with musical guests to well-known Swedish songs. ...more on Wikipedia about "Allsång på Skansen"
The American Swedish Institute (ASI) is a non-profit educational and research organization based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The organization is dedicated to the preservation and study of the historic role Sweden and Swedish-Americans have played in US culture and history. ...more on Wikipedia about "American Swedish Institute"
ABF, short for Arbetarnas Bildningsförbund (The Workers' Enlightenment League) is the Swedish educational section of the workers movement. ABF conducts seminars, classes and study circles on all kinds of subjects, including workshops, languages and music, although the main aspects of ABF are the pro- socialistic political views. ...more on Wikipedia about "Arbetarnas Bildningsförbund"
In the mid-twenties, both of these directors and Garbo moved to the United States to work for MGM, bringing Swedish influence to Hollywood, where he made some of his most well-known films there (most notably The Wind ( 1928). The departure of the two directors left a vacuum in Swedish cinema, which went into a financial crisis consequently. Sjöström returned to Sweden in 1928, where he made two more films. ...more on Wikipedia about "Cinema of Sweden"
Dark forests, red cottages, ABBA, Volvo and Ikea? The Culture of Sweden is arguably what has made Sweden known in the world. In the outskirts of Europe the country developed its style isolated from the main cultures in the world. ...more on Wikipedia about "Culture of Sweden"
A Dalahäst, Dala horse or Dalecarlian horse is a traditional wooden statuette of a horse originating in the Swedish province of Dalarna (Dalecarlia). In the older days the dala horse was mostly a toy for children, but nowadays it is used as a symbol for Dalarna or sometimes the whole of Sweden. ...more on Wikipedia about "Dalecarlian horse"
"Du gamla, Du fria" ("Thou Ancient, Thou Free") is the de facto national anthem of Sweden. Although the Swedish constitution makes no mention of a national anthem, "Du gamla, Du fria" enjoys universal recognition and is used at, for example, sporting events. Only the first two verses are normally sung. In international sporting events, only the first verse is played, similar to " The Star-Spangled Banner". ...more on Wikipedia about "Du gamla, Du fria"
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The flag of Sweden dates back to the 16th century. It is believed to be inspired by the Coats of Arms of Sweden, which feature three yellow crowns on a blue background, and modelled on the Danish flag, the Dannebrog. King John III took the form of the current Swedish flag into use in 1569. Prior to this, a similar flag appeared in the Coat of Arms of John's duchy, which is today southwest Finland. ...more on Wikipedia about "Flag of Sweden"
All official holidays in Sweden are established by acts of Parliament. The official holidays can be divided into Christian and non-Christian holidays. The main Christian holidays are Christmas, Epiphany, Easter, Ascension Day, Pentecost and All Saints. The non-Christian holidays ar: New Year's Day, May Day (Valborg), National Day and Midsummer. ...more on Wikipedia about "Holidays in Sweden"
DAUM, the Institute for Dialectology, Onomastics and Folklore Research in Umeå, is a Swedish governmental archive bureau which collects, preserves, works up and provides information about dialects, place names, folklore culture and local history. DAUM is part of SOFI. ...more on Wikipedia about "Institute for Dialectology, Onomastics and Folklore Research in Umeå"
The Jante Law ( Danish and Norwegian: Janteloven Swedish: Jantelagen Finnish: Jante-laki) is a concept created by the Danish/ Norwegian author Aksel Sandemose in his novel A refugee crosses his tracks (En flygtning krysser sitt spor, 1933), where he portrays the small Danish town Jante, modelled upon his native town Nykøbing Mors as it was in the beginning of the 20th century. ...more on Wikipedia about "Jante Law"
Lagom is a Swedish word with no direct English equivalent. ...more on Wikipedia about "Lagom"
Institutions related to the Culture of Sweden. ...more on Wikipedia about "List of Swedish cultural institutions"
Midsummer, or Litha as it was known by the ancient Germanic peoples and to this day by many Neopagans, refers the period of time centered upon the summer solstice and the religious celebrations that accompany it. Also called "Midsommar" in Swedish, Midsummer-related holidays, traditions and celebrations, many of which are non-Christian in origin (apart from the designation "St John's Day"), are particularly important in Finland and Sweden, but found also in other parts of Northern Europe, Britain and elsewhere. ...more on Wikipedia about "Midsummer"
Mother Svea, or Moder Svea, is a national emblem of Sweden. Her name, Svea, is a Swedish female name which derives from Svealand, one of the constituent Lands upon the formation of the Swedish kingdom. The character is considered to have been created by Anders Leijonstedt in 1672, but only gained wide-spread popularity through Gunno Dalstierna in 1698. She appeared frequently as a national symbol in 19th century Swedish literature. ...more on Wikipedia about "Mother Svea"
Namesdays or name days are a tradition, found in various Catholic and Eastern Orthodox countries, of attaching personal names to each day of the year, and celebrating the association of particular days with those for whom that day is named. The tradition is also very widely practiced in the Nordic countries, especially in Sweden and Finland. For example, in Sweden January 28 has the name Karl (sometimes spelt Carl), and Swedes celebrate the namesday of King Carl Gustaf - and all other men named Karl - on this day. ...more on Wikipedia about "Namesdays"
This is the old Swedish namesday calendar, sanctioned by the Swedish Academy in 1901, with official status until 1972. Some days still refer to traditional or religious feasts rather than personal names. Some of the names below are linked to the original saints or martyrs from which they originate. A work group consisting of the Swedish Academy, publishers and others, agreed to adopt a new namesday list in 2001, very similar to the old one but with more names. This list will be updated every 15 years. ...more on Wikipedia about "Namesdays in Sweden"
The National Day of Sweden is celebrated in Sweden on June 6 every year. The day was made into a national day by the Riksdag (Swedish parliament) in 1983, before which it was just revered as the Swedish flag day or Day of the Swedish flag. ...more on Wikipedia about "National holiday of Sweden"
Raggare (from the Swedish word "ragga" which means roughly "to seek sexual contact with someone") is a subculture found mostly in Sweden and parts of Norway and Finland, mostly in rural environments and smaller villages. ...more on Wikipedia about "Raggare"
Saint Lucy of Syracuse, also known as Saint Lucia, (traditional dates 283- 304) was a rich young Christian martyr who is venerated as a Saint by Catholic and Orthodox Christians. Her feast day in the West is December 13, by the unreformed Julian calendar the longest night of the year; she is the patron saint of blindness. Lucy is the only saint celebrated by the Lutheran Swedes, Finns, Danes, and Norwegians, in celebrations that retain many pre-Christian elements of a midwinter light festival. ...more on Wikipedia about "Saint Lucy"
Suecia Antiqua et Hodierna, or Ancient and Modern Sweden, is the title of a large work of engravings, collected by Erik Dahlberg in the middle of the 17th century. The Suecia can be described as a grand vision of Sweden during its period as a world power, and Dahlberg's direct source of inspiration were the topographical publications issued by the German publisher Matthäus Merian. In 1661 Dahlberg was granted a royal privilege enabling him to realize his plans that would kept him occupied for a good decade, and a work that would not be printed until after his death. In its final state Suecia Antiqua et Hodierna comprised three volumes with a total of 353 plates. ...more on Wikipedia about "Suecia Antiqua et Hodierna"
The Institute for Dialectology, Onomastics and Folklore Research, (in Swedish Språk- och folkminnesinstitutet, but commonly referred to by the acronym SOFI) is a Swedish government agency with the purpose to study and collect materials concerning dialects, folklore and onomastics. ...more on Wikipedia about "Swedish Institute for Dialectology, Onomastics and Folklore Research"
This is the current Swedish namesday calendar, adopted in 2001 by a work group led by the Swedish Academy. The new list has no official status, but is nevertheless used by most publishers. Several namesday lists existed after 1972, when the old namesday calendar lost its official status. The new list will be updated every 15 years. Some of the names below are linked to the original saints or martyrs from which they originate. ...more on Wikipedia about "Swedish namesday list of 2001"
Three Crowns, or Tre Kronor, is a national emblem of Sweden. Nominally they are three coronets ordered two above one which is present in the Coat of Arms of the Realm of Sweden. The history of this symbol isn't entirely clear. Most historians believe it was brought from Germany to Sweden by Albrekt of Mecklenburg in the late fourteenth century. The symbolism is in this theory believed to be a representation of the three wise men, also known as the three kings, that came to visit Jesus at the epiphany. Another theory is that the three crowns simply represented the three old kingdoms that joined to later form Sweden, Three crowns one kingdom. However, that theory is less widely accepted. Another theory is that the three crowns was leftovers after yet another failed attempt at creating a Scandinavian union and that the crowns represent the royal families of Sweden, Denmark and Norway. Swedes generally don't know any of these theories and what the symbol is believed to represent, and this is mostly a subject discussed among historians. ...more on Wikipedia about "Three Crowns"
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