Cancelled bookfairs, concerts and exhibitions, postponed filmfestivals, sports events and closed museums… The list over cancelled or postponed events due to covid-19 could go on and on. This goes for Sweden as well as the rest of the world.
Can you claim your money back?
But what about all the tickets that have been sold; can they be re-imbursed? Do you as a consumer own the right to claim your money back?
The anwer is yes, you do have the right to claim your money back as long as the concert, exhibition, sports event or any other event has been cancelled du to covid-19.
Keep in mind that this hasn’t been legally established yet, in regards to the Coronavirus, which means that you could be forced to file a complaint to ARN (Allmänna reklamationsnämnden) in order to get a trial.
In that case you have bought your ticket from an agency or a company in another EU-country, you will need to get in to be advised by the European Consumers Agency which specializes in cross-border trade.
Some of this summer’s cancelled events in Sweden: Statement Festival, Ulf Lundell summertour, Håkan Hellström x 3 at Ullevi, Sweden Rock Festival, Öland Roots, Summerburst, Polar Music Prize Awards, Market Art Fair Stockholm, ART, Stockholm Filmfestival Junior (postponed), Dreamhack Jönköping (postponed).
There is this certain color, a very specifik red nuance, which is called Falu red, or Faluröd as it’s called in Swedish.
Falu red paint is mainly used to paint the exterior of a house, and usually on smaller cottages and/or summer houses. You’ve probably seen pictures of the idyllic little Swedish cottage with a white wooden fence and white house knots?
The Falu red houses are obviously common in Falun, but they do also appear frequently in the small fishing villages on the West Coast of Sweden.
The Swedes have been celebrating Easter, originally according to the Gregorian Calendar, since 1844. Until 1969 everything was closed on Easter Friday (in Swedish “Långfredag”, or Long Friday) – grocery stores, cinemas, restaurants, clothing stores etc. Of course due to the memory of Jesus Christ.
The last supper
According to Christian tradition Jesus arose from the dead during the Jewish “Pesach” (in Swedish “påsk”). In Sweden Easter is a holiday/tradition in which folklore, ancient Nordic tradition and Christian tradition are mixed together.
Easter is celebrated sometime between March 22:nd and April 25:th. Many Swedes see it mainly as an opportunity to gather friends and family, eat lots of good food and sweets etc.
Traditional food and drinks
The Swedes like to shoot fire crackers during Easter, which normally lasts for five days: Skärtorsdag, Långfredag, Påskafton, Påskdagen and Annandag Påsk.
Traditionally we have Påskmust, Påsköl and snaps to drink and pickled herring, smoked salmon, kavring, eggs, meat balls, cheese and lots of sweets to eat (see my post on Swedish candy).
Easter is also a celebration of light, since the Swedes are coming out of a long, dark winter period. Easter means spring is around the corner, and the flower markets are filled with people longing for floral beauty.
Lösgodis is various kinds of candy (see photos) that are sold separatly. People pick their favourites and put them in a “candy bag” or a “candy cup” before they weigh it and pay for it.
In Sweden people eat quite a lot of sweets and candy. Or as we call it: lösgodis (or smågodis). 2009 the Swedes ate more candy than any other population in the world* – around 18 kilos per person (about 40 pounds).
Swedish lösgodis is now spread globally, mainly through the Swedish furniture store Ikea, but also through export. 2014 Ikea sold lösgodis in 20 or more European stores, and the plan was to offer it in North America and Asia too.
*The large consumtion of candy is one of the reasons that obecity is an increasing problem in Sweden, especially among younger people.
December 10 is an extremely important date for many people. Just think about all the planning, the logistics, the security and the food. The food… It is not “just food” that is being served at this banquet, it is blood, sweat and tears, months and months of preparations and tastings and disasters. It is a piece of art served on the most exquisite China designed by Swedish artist Karin Björquist.
In Sweden there is an old tradition of having “sill and nubbe” at Christmas, as well as at Easter time and Midsummer. We actually eat and drink very similar during these three holidays.
“Sill” and “nubbe” is pickled herring and snaps, or a shot (e. g vodka). Usually the “nubbe”, or snaps, is spiced with cumin, citrus or some other quite peppery spices. It can also be completely clear like “Absolut Vodka”, a very strong Swedish alcoholic beverage (40%).
The pickled herring, or “sill”, is usually spiced with e.g mustard, curry, citrus or peppers and is served with boiled potatoes, sour cream, chives and a “nubbe”. At Christmas the “sill and nubbe” is usually accompanied by home made meatballs, sausages, Christmas ham, patés, cale salads and much more.
Since the traditional Swedish Christmas dishes are quite salty we often round it off with a sweet dessert called “ris a la Malta”. It is kind of like rise pudding, only we serve it with jam or sugar and cinnamon sprinkled on top. On top of that there is all the candy and chocolate…
Merry Christmas, or as we say in Swedish – God Jul! ☃️🎄☃️
Sweden has been a monarchy for more than a thousand years and we’ve had around 70 different kings during this time. Our present king, Carl XVI Gustaf, was inaugurated in 1973 and is our 74:th regent.
The Swedish king is of French heritage, and the Bernadotte’s have been on the Swedish throne since 1818. Before it was only male monarchs who could inherite the crown, but since this was changed in 1980 our next regent is the Crown Princess Victoria.
The Crown Princess will, if she ascends to the throne as expected, become the fourth queen regnat in Sweden after Queen Margaret, Queen Christina and Queen Ulrika Eleonora.
The Crown Princess Victoria travels a lot and often makes official trips both abroad and within Sweden as a representative of Sweden. In 2016 The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon appointed Victoria a member of Sustainable Development Goals Advocates for Agenda 2030, and since then The Crown Princess primarily works with issues concerning health and water.
Halloween is one of those holidays that we have adapted in Sweden but few know what it is really about and when it is the right time to go trick or treating.
In the late eighties I lived in California for a year and had the pleasure of experiencing “a real Halloween”. There were whole neighbourhoods fully decorated and both children and adults went all in. It was a great experience that I never forget.
Halloween is supposed to be celebrated on October 31:st, but in Sweden many children go trick or treating both before and after this date. This is quite unfortunate since November 1:st is a day to remember loved ones who are no longer alive.
If you visit a graveyard in Sweden on November 1:st you will be likely to see hundreds of candle lights blowing in the wind. It is a beautiful and profound experience which has nothing to do with Halloween, and therefor a lot of people dread the trick or treating. In the neighbourhood where I went trick or treating we only knocked on doors where the house owners had left a lamp on. All other house owners were left in peace and I wish we could do the same here.
I buy candy for the children in my neighbourhood, but at the same time I know many neighbours who don’t. So have fun but in a respectful way!