Archive for Swedish traditions

6 February: Sami National Day

Photo: Lola Akinmade Åkerström//Imagebank Sweden


On Saturday, 6 February, we celebrate Sami National Day. This date was when the first Sami congress was held in 1917 in Trondheim, Norway. The Sami people have lived in the Arctic region for thousands of years. The Sami today maintain their rich culture and traditions while being a part of modern Swedish society.


Facts about Sami and reindeer

  • There are some 250,000 reindeer in Sweden. Natural predators such as the wolf are seen as a major threat to reindeer owners.
  • Reindeers eat mushrooms, lichen, grass and herbs.
  • Suovas is a protected word which refers to smoked reindeer meat fillets.
  • Reindeer milk tastes sweet and looks like melted ice cream.
  • There are 51 Sami villages, the largest one being Sirkas in Jokkmokk.
  • Sami shoes and gloves are made from reindeer hide.
  • You can determine which region a Sami member comes from by the koltthey are wearing.
  • The Sami national song was written by Isak Saba.
  • Typical Sami first names are Ante, Ristin, Sunna and Aslak. Double names such as Per-Anders, Lars-Nila and Elle-Maret are also common.

Learn more about Sami in Sweden, here:

Alumni attended Lucia celebration in Shanghai

On Sunday December 13, Swedish St Lucia Day was celebrated at the Christmas Fair of the Shanghai Center. A Swedish-Chinese Lucia procession with singing and candlelight was held for the hundreds of people including around 30 Swedish alumni that had gathered. The event was organized by the Consulate General of Sweden in Shanghai with Swedish and local partners aiming to bring Swedish traditions to Shanghai and to celebrate the end of the United Nations year of light. Read more » >>

Celebrate Walpurgis with the Embassy of Sweden in Prague!

Dear SI Alumni in Czech Republic,

Please find below an invitation from the Embassy of Sweden in Prague to celebrate Walpurgis (Valborgsmässoafton) on 30 April. (Click on image to enlarge)

Make sure to register before 24 April by sending an e-mail to rsvp.prag (a)

Invitation to all Swedish Alumni in Indonesia: Europe on Screen is Back!

If you are tired of Hollywood-made movies and you are looking for movies that put equal values in character and story line, then you are in for a treat! 71 films from 26 European countries (including Sweden!) will be screened in 9 cities in Indonesia at Europe on Screen (EOS) Film Festival 2014. Don’t worry if you don’t understand the language spoken because there will be bahasa Indonesia subtitle for all of the movies. And oh, for those who don’t know, IT’S FREE! You don’t need to spend a dime for it!


Ice Dragon – Swedish 2012′s not-your-typical-family-film!

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Indonesian Swedish Alumni Fika time

What is one Swedish culture that everyone can instantly relate to? FIKA! Whether you are at work or out with friends, you can always do fika. When you are too stress in doing something, take a break and have a fika! Enjoy the taste of your preferred coffee and let yourself seduced by the inviting smell of kanelbullar (Cinnamon roll) with its rich flavor, accompanied by a couple of friends just talking and having a good time! I guarantee you will soon forget all your stress! It is also a good occasion to catch up with friends and families.

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