Korv and Senap at IKEA

As you arrive at the new IKEA at Tempe in Sydney, one of the first things you notice are the flags out the front. There’s a NSW flag, an Australian flag, and a Swedish flag all flying high. When it comes to “Swedishness”, however, that’s pretty much where it ends. One of the things I […]


Newspapers can be a wonderful reminder of the place you have been, as they can include both the major news events happening at the time, as well as the smaller details, such as the weather and what’s on television. I’ve still got a copy of The London Times from when I first visited Europe in […]

Opening scene from Men Who Swim documentary

After tonight’s Swedish class, and then catching up mates at the pub, I came HOME and watched documentary on ABC2 called, “Men Who Swim”, about a Swedish male synchronised swimming team. Or as the Swedes call it, “konstsim” (art swimming) which I think I prefer to the English-language phrase. One sounds very perfunctory, very organised, […]

Scene from classic Swedish film, The Emigrants

As we have a six year old in the house, and as it was Easter Sunday (read easter eggs) no one had much of a chance to sleep in this morning. For a six year old, Easter lacks the excitement of Christmas Day, but the idea of an Easter Egg Hunt is still enough to […]

Performing on Så mycket bättre is Barbro aka Lill-Babs Svensson

For the last few months I’ve been watching bits and pieces on Youtube of a Swedish TV show called “Så mycket bättre” (literally, “So Much Better”), a television program where famous Swedish musicians perform the songs of other Swedish musicians. My attention was first brought to the show by the performance and hit song, “Mikrofonkåt” […]

P3 Svea

It was a so-so day at work, and so the first thing I did when I walked in the door – actually, the second thing I did, since the first was grab a glass of wine – was tune in to P3 – Svea. P3 – Svea is an internet only radio station that only […]

Melodifestivalen 2011

There was only one act in the first edition of “Melodifestivalen” this year who actually sang in Swedish. She had those classic Swedish blonde looks, an unmistakably Swedish name, and a gap in the middle of her teeth to rival Agnetha Fältskog at her prime. Well, before Agnetha’s gap magically closed when ABBA began to […]

Magnus Carlsson from Youtube

You know it’s christmas in a week and a day and I just can’t figure out what to give away So I just wrap myself in paper for you baby “Wrap myself in paper” by Magnus Carlsson has been my favourite “Christmas song” for the last few years. I discovered it at about the time […]

Program on SBS TV Australia about rituals, including Sami animism in Sweden

Oh my goodness, we’ve had a Svensk-fest on SBS television over the last few days. There have been a few films and one documentary which I’ve noticed with a Swedish connection. It all started with the film Harry’s Daughters which I tried to “get into”. As the film’s title implies, it’s about a man who […]