Book fair haul!

My favourite yearly event has finally arrived: the Gothenburg Book Fair! This is the largest literary event in Scandinavia and the second largest book fair in Europe. I never miss it (in non-pandemic times) and this year was no exception. To await buying more books than I can afford, I have imposed on myself theFortsätt läsa ”Book fair haul!”

Sadness – but also hope

The Swedish elections are nearly over. A few districts’ votes have yet to be counted but since the last votes to come in are from the Swedish nationals living in foreign countries – a group which is majority upper-clas and right-wing – the results will likely remain the same: Sweden will now have a right-wingFortsätt läsa ”Sadness – but also hope”

Hels tröst

Hel har ingen hungerHel har ingen nödHon törstar ej efter värmeSöker icke efter bröd Hon följer bara honomSom blivit människornas vän,Han som heter Hatet,Som icke någon botten har.Han som lever i deras hjärtanAlla nätter, alla dar.Tomheten den växerOch Hel kommer strax efter. Hon sitter vid mitt bordSäger aldrig ett ord.Hon delar mina måltiderFast Hon aldrigFortsätt läsa ”Hels tröst”

To be queer is to have no country

Election day is approaching and I have a terrible feeling. The far-right has become so normalised. They even have their ads on the trams and busses of the city. I can’t go anywhere without seeing the slogans and faces of politicians who want to take my rights away. And everywhere I overhear people having bigotedFortsätt läsa ”To be queer is to have no country”

Greek Deities in Gothenburg

Here’s a little fun fact: there are along the main avenue of the Swedish city of Gothenburg several representations of Hellenic Deities. But most famous is of course the fountain of Poseidon:

Swedish tax agency rules child cannot be named after the Fenrir wolf

Skatteverket, the Swedish tax agency which also for some reason is the government agency which decides what names people are allowed to have (is that a thing in other countries?), has denied a Södertälje couple’s demand to name their child ‘Fenri Sulven’. The two names together sound like ‘Fenrisulven’, which refers to the Fenrir WolfFortsätt läsa ”Swedish tax agency rules child cannot be named after the Fenrir wolf”

A great book about an important subject

If you ask a Swedish person to name a gay writer, the first name that will almost always pop up in their mind is ‘Jonas Gardell’. This famous author published Passionspelen, a gay love novel, in 1985 and has since written many highly popular books and screenplays, becoming a household name. He is also aFortsätt läsa ”A great book about an important subject”

The Church of Sweden has officially apologised to the Sami people

This is technically old news since it happened back in November, but I only heard about it yesterday: Sweden’s national church has issued an apology for its participation in the oppression of Sami people. You can read the English translation of the transcript here. At the bottom of the page, you can also find versionsFortsätt läsa ”The Church of Sweden has officially apologised to the Sami people”

The Lady with the Handbag

‘With the Purse as a weapon’ is a public statue in Alingsås, Sweden. It represents Danuta Danielsson, a Jewish Polish woman who was photographed hitting a nazi punk with her handbag at a demonstration in Växjö in 1985. Her own mother had survived the horrors of a concentration camp and Danuta was furious to seeFortsätt läsa ”The Lady with the Handbag”

Sankta Lucia Day

Today is the 13th of December, which means it’s one of Sweden most beloved holidays: Saint Lucia’s Day. The official story is that it’s the celebration of Saint Lucy of Syracuse but there is some evidence the tradition also has pre-Christian elements. Many legends about this particular night exist, including the story of a mysteriousFortsätt läsa ”Sankta Lucia Day”

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