2019 is coming to an end, and with only one day left of the year, we at Swedes in the States are slowly closing this chapter, and looking forward to the new year. But before we move ahead with all the exciting things we have in store for you in 2020, let’s take a look at some of your favorite articles from 2019.
The list is in no particular order, and interviews have been excluded from the list.
For the Scandinavians living in cities like New York and Los Angeles, there is the option to visit one of the countless Scandinavian bakeries or candy stores. And then, of course, there’s always IKEA. But when you have the convenience of Amazon at your fingertips, why even bother to make that trip when you’re feeling lazy? And for you Americans that are curious to know what makes the Swedes go bananas, look no further.
Do you recall Sven and Olaf?
The tradition is centuries old but the day keeps getting more popular, and creative variations of the semla keep popping up each year. With its two-layer bun made of wheat and cardamom, stuffed with almond paste under a cover of thick layered whipped cream, its no wonder that an estimated six million Semlor are sold in one single day, during Fat Tuesday …
IKEA. The store that will have Swedes travel unrealistic distances, just to buy candles, stock up on flädersaft (elderflower juice), or candy. Which has them ignore all sense of financial responsibility with “just one or two things” turning into an 800 dollar receipt, and said Swede relentlessly trying to fit four sofas into their Volvo, while their non-Swedish partner/friend/just a random bystander wonders how this obsession with our favorite Swedish store is even possible.
It’s no secret that salaries vary quite a bit between the U.S. and Sweden. The discussion on whether or not one would prefer to have a higher salary, pay less in taxes and in turn have less of a governmental safety net versus a lower salary, higher taxes and in turn being able to go to sleep at night knowing that healthcare, education, and retirement are all taken care of, has always been a hot topic, especially on Swedes in the States platforms.