Sweden 

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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Sweden 

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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