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Sweden (doesn’t) decide

Sweden voted in its four-yearly general election on Sunday. We were able to vote in the local and county elections but not yet the national as our citizenship application has not yet been processed. The big question was how big would the nationalists (Sweden Democrats) share of the vote be? And the answer was bigger than before. So despite the fact that 83% of the Swedish electorate did NOT vote for them the focus was still on the 17% that do. That would make them the second-biggest party. So what…

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Swedish elections

On September the 9th Swedes will vote in the general election. During July most of them will be on holiday, which means parties are campaigning now and will go full speed in the month leading up to the election. Some wonder is Sweden about to have its Trump moment? They wonder this because of the sustained success of the right-wing Sweden Democratic Party. In 2002 they received around 1% of the vote but by 2014 at the last election it was 12.9% and they’re currently polling around 20%. Welfare, education,…

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Skolavslutning

This is the Swedish way of saying ‘end of school’ for the academic year. Summer holidays start now. This morning I went to the skolavslutning at our children’s school. It was my son’s last one at this school before he moves on to a new school in August. Each year group sings a song, at least one of which has some connection to Astrid Lindgren and the others are in some way hymns to summer and sunny days and how beautiful Sweden is in the summer (which it is). i think they…

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How Sweden became a symbol

Over at the The New York Review of Books, there’s an interesting article on my adopted nation, Sweden. There are two main views of Sweden. The overwhelmingly positive: “We wanted to find out what it was about Sweden that gave you such an enviable reputation in the world: design, the creative industries, high-tech manufacturing, social justice, popular culture,” Prince William said, sending a palpable shiver of satisfaction through the two hundred assorted representatives of Sweden’s cultural scene. “The list could go on,” he added. Or the overwhelmingly negative:  If you follow…

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Notable Swedish pioneers: Anders Wiberg

Some years ago I came by the 2-volume Dictionary of Evangelical Biography (1730-1860) which I admit is a bit obscure. But I thought I’d trawl its pages for entries on Swedish Christians to learn more about its notable figures and history.  Anders Wiberg (1816-1887) was another key figure in the development of the Baptists in Sweden. Born outside Hudiksvall, which is about two and a half hours drive north of Stockholm, Wiberg was converted at the age of 28 in 1842. Along with the Scottish Methodist missionary George Scott, Wiberg edited Missionstidningen…

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Notable Swedish pioneers: Christopher Sundius

Some years ago I came by the 2-volume Dictionary of Evangelical Biography (1730-1860) which I admit is a bit obscure. But I thought I’d trawl its pages for entries on Swedish Christians to learn more about its notable figures and history.  Christopher Sundius (1754-1835) is an interesting figure even though I couldn’t find much more about him than listed in the DEB. Sundius studied in Lund, in southern Sweden and then became an officer in the navy, and offered his services on the British side against the Americans in their war of…

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Notable Swedish pioneers: Gustavus Schroeder

Some years ago I came by the 2-volume Dictionary of Evangelical Biography (1730-1860) which I admit is a bit obscure. But I thought I’d trawl its pages for entries on Swedish Christians to learn more about its notable figures and history.  Gustavus Schroeder or Gustaf Schröder (1821-1914) was another significant figure in the history of the Swedish Baptists. Born in Gothenburg on the west coast of Sweden, Schroder became a seaman at the age of 16. He remained a sailor for the next 30 years, including around 20 years as captain of…

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Notable Swedish pioneers: Gustaf Palmquist

Some years ago I came by the 2-volume Dictionary of Evangelical Biography (1730-1860) which I admit is a bit obscure. But I thought I’d trawl its pages for entries on Swedish Christians to learn more about its notable figures and history.  Gustaf Palmquist (1812-1867) was a Baptist leader and a key figure among Swedish Baptists particularly in America. Between 1851 and 1910 around one million Swedes emigrated to America (and in that time only around 100,000 returned). This significant minority began to form its own denominations and structures and Palmquist was instrumental…

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