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.
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! ☃️🎄☃️
The history of Liljeholmen goes all the way back to 1839, in a small wooden cottage in Liljeholmen, Stockholm. After time the method of producing candles by hand developed into industrial produktion, which increased the productivity immensly.
At the beginning of 1900 the use of gas and electricity became more common and the use of candle lights lessened. Liljeholmens survived thanks to the development of new products and in the 1960:s the interest for candles started to grow again.
Advent is latin and means arrival. It is a celebration of the arrival of Jesus, and also a time to prepare for Christmas.
Advent has its historical roots in the 40 day long fasting period that started around Christmas and finished by Easter. Traditionelly it is a time for fasting and preparing for the birth of Jesus.
Advent goes on for four Sundays, starting with the first Sunday in December (which means that the 4:th Sunday of Advent is X-mas Eve). Each Sunday we light a candle and we also have a special kinds of decorations hanging and/or standing in the windows. You will see this in almost every home across the country.
On December 13 Sankta Lucia visits, bringing light and hope to this dark period of the year. Usually the Swedes start decorating for X-mas around this holiday, but most people won’t decorate their X-mas tree until the night before Christmas Eve.
Christmas Eve is when the big celebration takes place in Sweden. This is when all children get their Christmas gifts, when we eat traditional food such as pickled herring, baked ham and Swedish meatballs. Usually we visit family and friends and at night time we might dance around the tree.
Do you know what Volvo stands for? By that I mean other than safety, family, tradition and performance – I mean the word Volvo.
Volvo i latin for “I’m rolling”, or, as we say in Swedish, “Jag rullar”. This huge company has been one of Sweden’s largest employers for decades now, and it has been led by quite a few powerful men. Maybe it’s time for a woman to lead the way…
One of the most influential and well known leaders is Pehr G Gyllenhammar. He was the CEO of Volvo AB between 1971-1983, and served as head of the board another 10 years after that (until 1993). One of his first decisions as a CEO was to close down the making of the sporty P1800, in order to make more secure and family oriented cars.
Volvo, as we know it today, employes over 105 000 people and has production in 18 different countries. The headquarter is situated on the island of Hisingen in Gothenburg. In 1999 Volvo sold its carproduction division to Ford Motor Company, who, in 2010, sold it to a chinese company called Geely.
Today Volvo is lead by Martin Lundstedt (CEO, Volvo AB), Jan Gurander (Deputy CEO, Volvo AB), Roger Alm (President, Volvo Trucks), Melker Jernberg (President, Volvo Construction Equipment) and Bruno Blin (President, Renault Trucks). They’re all men by the way…