Willamette World News

Willamette World News

RSS Feed for SwedenCategory: Sweden

The Fatty Tuesday »

Sweden has adopted the American tradition of Valentine’s Day and the procedures are very much the same; sending cards, chocolate or flowers to your loved one. If chocolate on the 14th is a new tradition in Sweden, an older tradition to keep fat, warm and happy in the Swedish February climate is the Fettisdagen.

Sweden and America sitting in a tree… »

Swedes are fascinated with the United States of America. There are several organizations in Sweden aiming to a sustained and further development of a stronger relationship between the two countries.

Introducing Sweden in December »

My name is Johanna and I am an international student from Sweden. I study to become a Psychologist at the University of Linköping but I am very patriotic to my hometown Göteborg on the west coast of Sweden. Since I am not going home for the winter break I cannot help but thinking longingly at [...]

What are the outcomes of the Annapolis conference? »

In advance, I apologize for not writing on a more fun subject like Christmas and the holidays in Sweden maybe, and it is probably because I think that these issues are more important and and also because I don’t celebrate Christmas. For reading about the holidays and traditions in Sweden, check out Johanna’s post where [...]

What’s up with all of this anti-Iran rhetoric? »

How foolish and productive is the rhetoric used by the Bush administration but also from other sources like Sarkozy? How well does it really deal with the issue of Iran that the “West” is now trying to solve?
All of these talks are so weird for me to hear because I can see behind the rhetoric [...]

The hypocrisy of Swedish hospitality »

Many people who think about Sweden think about all the good stuff: hospitality of the country towards immigrants, free health care, free education including college, the most democratic country in the world and similar thoughts. Although one might get entitled to many of the Swedish societies benefits, there is evidence that shows it might be [...]

Was the reaction in Columbia appropriate? »

The media frenzy around the arrival of the high profile Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the United Sates for a United Nations General Assembly meeting and a question and answer event at Columbia University, invited by the University’s president Lee Bollinger is an important issue. There are two matters that I want to highlight here. [...]

Where do we draw the line? »

An unusual issue has been happening in Sweden for over a month now; it has put Sweden on the list of Muslim-hating countries in the eyes of many Muslims. The issue is about freedom of speech and where the line between one’s freedom of speech in a democratic country is in regard to criticizing issues [...]

Morteza’s Introduction (Linköping/ Sweden) »

My name is Morteza and I’m from Sweden. I am 24 years old, and yes I know, that is old here at Willamette but i manage to cope with my age. I was actually born in Iraq, “moved” to Iran when I was just a few months old, and then sort of “moved” or fled [...]

Sweden ‘world’s most democratic country’ »

I’m ending my participation here at World News with bragging a bit about Sweden. According to a new report by the Economist Intelligence Unit, Sweden is the most democratic country in the world and is called a near-perfect democracy. The U.S. is only on ranked on place 17 and maybe has to consider its statement [...]

Sweden challenges EU plan to simplify divorce »

A new European Union proposal is aimed at changing divorce procedures so that a divorce can only take place in a country where the couple has “connecting factors”. Sweden claims that this proposal is going to be valid both inside and outside the EU and that, for instance, Iranian divorce laws can be applied [...]

“Serious” climate threat to Sweden »

A new government report has shown that Sweden is threatened by the serious climate changes in the future. Major lakes are going to flood more frequently and with severe consequences.

Women hit as unemployment fund charges soar »

The new Swedish government has set in and they have decided about some new reforms they think can help against the problem with unemployment in Sweden. The government has decided that the monthly charges for the unemployment funds, the A-kassa, are going to increase sharply.

The Swedish election »

A couple of weeks ago there was a governmental election in Sweden. There are elections every fourth year and the Social Democrat Party have been in power for a really long time and are always expected to win. But this election meant a change. The winners were a coalition with the Moderate party as the [...]