Readers, partners, friends:
 During 2020, together, we have found ourselves slowly adapting to a new way of living, with still many unknown challenges ahead. We’ll continue to make it together. All the very best for the year 2021! Your friends at NORDSTJERNAN 
The Nobel laureate who got hooked on Stockholm
A childhood interest in math and technology took Frank Wilczek all the way to a Nobel Prize. Now he spends a large portion of his time in Sweden where he is trying to crack the secret of dark matter. 
Swedish Lucia, the Queen of Light
The Lucia celebration is something that Swedes themselves, and also the rest of the world consider as the most typical Swedish tradition. 
The quick and easy Glogg Party
Any of the four Sundays of Advent is a perfect excuse for putting together your own party. 
A Swede's dream job in America
​Niklas Lundberg landed his dream job with Spotify just a few months after a Master’s degree in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. 

New times, new ways: New York Film Festival adapts
 As the first major pandemic-era movie event in the USA, the New York Film Festival makes it happen without movie theaters. In both virtual and outdoor screenings, the films tell us what matters right now.  

Hunting: Sweden's living heritage
 Swedes gear up for hunting season. As the summer comes to an end, fall inevitably draws nearer, and with fall comes the hunting season. The moose hunt is usually front-page news in Sweden when it begins in different parts of the country from early October. Almost 300,000 camouflaged Swedes – including the Swedish king! – migrate to the forests.  
Swedish News:
Smallest population increase in 15 years / Swedish universities rank high / Distance learning may return / Construction, sports and leisure winners during the pandemic / Record number of 'vab' days. 
Faster Swedish test for COVID-19
The new test developed by researchers at the Karolinska Institute can give an answer within two and a half hours. 

Building on tradition
 From the Royal Family and their summer mansion on the island of Öland, to the apartment-dwelling Swede who spends summer evenings on the outskirts of town at a quaint little "shed" in his own miniature garden - the act of getting away from conventional residential surroundings is a passion built into the Swedish national mentality. 

Another Swedish Greta on the silver screen
 In the year of corona, when the film industry has been brought to its knees, the Toronto Film Festival rises to the occasion.  
Good harvest forecast despite cold spring  Despite the cold spring and the corona crisis, this year's harvest seems to be... READ THE FULL ARTICLE AT NORDSTJERNAN »
More punctual trains in the wake of the pandemic  The corona crisis seems to have had a positive effect on train punctuality. 93.8... READ THE FULL ARTICLE AT NORDSTJERNAN »
Swedes' alcohol intake is declining  Systembolaget's sales increased during the first half of the year by almost 30 million... READ THE FULL ARTICLE AT NORDSTJERNAN »
Virtual Midsummer activities
Midsummer 2020 is shaping up to be like none other, and a number of organizations are trying to help make it memorable with opportunities for virtual celebrations! You needn't travel across states or "hålla tummorna" for the perfect weather this year ... there are events you can enjoy in your own backyard: 
Canceled flights will cost billions  The airlines SAS and Norwegian have to repay several billions of advance payments for... READ THE FULL ARTICLE AT NORDSTJERNAN »
Additional SEK five billion to SAS  The Swedish government proposes a capital injection of up to SEK 5 billion to... READ THE FULL ARTICLE AT NORDSTJERNAN »
Expansion of Arlanda stopped  Government owned Swedavia estimates that the entire airline industry will look different after the... READ THE FULL ARTICLE AT NORDSTJERNAN »
Swedish restrictions on domestic travel lifted
Symptom-free people can travel again in Sweden as of June 13 according to a government press conference on June 4. 
The lucky Swede.
One of the classic stories of rags to riches to rags is the career of the Swedish immigrant Erik Olof Lindblom.  

Follow your passion in life
 They moved overseas to become more involved with environment and sustainability issues. 
Go outside, enjoy the spring weather!
In this time of the coronavirus, many may feel anxious about going out, something that's strongly discouraged by some experts. 
Mountain facilities open - new rules
All lodges in the Swedish mountains that have been closed for some time will open in June. 

Record number of people shop food online
 Not surprisingly the online food trade has doubled in Sweden during the pandemic. 
Gamla Stan: The Cultural Heart of Stockholm
... island in the middle of Stockholm and no doubt the city's cultural core.  
Vasa Park in Illinois needs your support  Countless visitors through the years can attest to the charm and welcoming spirit of... READ THE FULL ARTICLE AT NORDSTJERNAN »

Orienteering: It's all about finding your way
 Orienteering is a sport that mirrors the Scandinavian spirit - a love of the outdoors, a rational approach to detail and a respect for healthy competition.  
Remember our institutions ...
... organizations and events organizers—visit them online, find out more about activities and ways to stay in contact in the digital realm.  
Swedish arts & culture from your home
Here are some personal favorites of great Swedish art and culture to enjoy from your home. Stay safe, stay healthy! #SwedenatHome 
The royal couple has moved to Stenhammar
The Royal Family follows the guidelines of the Public Health Authority and everyone in the households is healthy. 
Meandering The 'Gota Kanal'
The Gota Canal, or The Blue Ribbon as it is often called, takes its voyagers past castles, monasteries, palaces, medieval churches, and a number of picturesque towns.  
'Gamla Stan?'
Stockholm's Old Town — how and when it got its name 

Mountain Hiking in Sweden
  - it’s for everybody not just for survivalists and hardcore connoisseurs.  
Hiking trails in Sweden   Hiking in the mountainous region of Scandinavia's north can be anything from a week’s... READ THE FULL ARTICLE AT NORDSTJERNAN »

Food in the wintry north
 Sami culinary traditions in Jokkmokk, kaffeost (coffee cheese) in Kangos and food served on ice in Jukkasjarvi. 
The world's most expensive cities
Living in Stockholm is expensive, but here’s some good news: There are 55 other cities in the world that are more expensive to live in.  
Building tall in Sweden
Today, there are not many skyscrapers in Sweden, but this may change within a few years.  
Best burgers in Europe
The list of 50 Best Burgers in Europe from Big 7 readers. 

Learning (and teaching) Swedish
 As we work on offering you more opportunities to practice your Swedish, we had the opportunity to hear from a teacher of Swedish in Sweden.  
Blue and yellow: the Swedish national costume
We wanted to offer a little history on nationella draekten, the national costume, and in our research we discovered there is more to the blue and yellow than meets the eye. 

Moving to Sweden
 What is it like to actually move to Sweden? A recently relocated Californian about his first year in Stockholm. 
The pandemic in Sweden, update August 1:
No new deceased reported in Sweden / Promising development in Sweden / Tegnell believes in minor outbreaks / Three different future scenarios of covid-19 in Sweden. 
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