What Every American Needs to Know About Eurovision, By Linda Newman Andersson

I’ve recently moved to Everett, WA, but I find myself in Sweden again for a couple of weeks and just in time to be caught up in the voting for Sweden’s Eurovision candidate. A quick Wikipedia search will tell you that Eurovision has gone on since 1958 and launched careers for among others ABBA, . . . → Read More: What Every American Needs to Know About Eurovision, By Linda Newman Andersson

Zara Larsson – Uncover

Born in 1997 and 14 at the time of this video, singer Zara Larsson entered the public eye by competing and succeeding on a Swedish TV show similar to America’s Got Talent called Talang 2008 when she was ten years old.

Tracy Irve – I Can’t

Meet Tracy Irve, a brother-sister pop duo from Sweden whose video for “I Can’t” is trending in the US today.

A Child Is So Much More Than A Test Score, By Holly Homan

First of all, I’d like to know what constitutes a “good” teacher. Do you think it’s test scores? Do you realize that Sweden is purported to have the best performing schools in the world. They do not use standardized tests,, they pay their teachers a livable wage, they have socialized health care, they put . . . → Read More: A Child Is So Much More Than A Test Score, By Holly Homan

Agnetha Fältskog – Vart Skall Min Kärlek Föra

BEAUTIFUL SÁMI FOLK MUSIC – Ruoššajievja

The following is from the artist’s Youtube description:

Sámi artist Elle Márjá Eira performing in Sami Grand Prix 2009 in Kautokeino, but not as a part of the competition. She is singing/yoiking “Ruoššajievja”.

Sami Grand Prix is a part of the Easter Festival in Kautokeino.

The Sámi people:

Sami people, also spelled Sámi, . . . → Read More: BEAUTIFUL SÁMI FOLK MUSIC – Ruoššajievja

NATIONWIDE CASTING SEARCH FOR AMERICANS WITH SWEDISH ROOTS!

Meter Television is searching for Americans with Swedish ancestry for a reality TV-show. After the major success of Great Swedish Adventure-Allt för Sverige (the Swedish title of the show) season 1, we are now casting for season 2.

The producers of the Swedish version of American Idol and Minute To Win It are . . . → Read More: NATIONWIDE CASTING SEARCH FOR AMERICANS WITH SWEDISH ROOTS!

Sweden’s Tractor Jazz Band

Anna Ternheim – Walking Aimlessly ft. First Aid Kit

On Reddit, the music of Anna Ternheim has been described as, “[folk rock] Sort of like a Swedish Neko Case (i.e. awesome). :]”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPUPpok62Jw

Behrang Miri ft. Alexandra – Give Up

http://youtu.be/u7Ncd_FkQNs

Here’s the artist info from his Youtube page:

ARTIST: BEHRANG MIRI SONG: GIVE UP MUSIC VIDEO PRODUCED BY: MANUEL CONCHA ****************************** Behrang Miri is a Swedish artist, with a mindblowing sound and a unique approach. He continues to find new directions with his music and he is part of the world music scene. . . . → Read More: Behrang Miri ft. Alexandra – Give Up

Kapten Röd – In Kommer Ting

Friskis & Svettis Norrköping Flash Mob – Lady Gaga – Judas

Friskis & Svettis is a Swedish health club. Norrköping is the tenth largest city in Sweden. It’s not clear why these flashmobbers chose to dance to Easter Gaga at Christmas:

61 Tomtegubbar – By Kris Chall Bingham

All photos by Kris Chall Bingham.

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Here’s “Hej Tomtegubbar” from the Lucia pageant that was presented by the Scandinavian Department of the University of Washington at the Swedish Cultural Center in Seattle, Washington on December 12, 2010.

IQ – Smoothness

Here’s a Swedish public service spot against alcohol. I don’t know why it’s in English:

STRESS Med KARTELLEN – HAFFAD (OFFICIELL VIDEO)

I love this video. It is certainly my favorite Swedish hip hop video of all time. Curiously, it features a baseball bat. They don’t play baseball in Sweden, and, given their history of neutrality and rank civil order, I assume Swedes discourage the sort of aggravated violence which occurs when a baseball bat is . . . → Read More: STRESS Med KARTELLEN – HAFFAD (OFFICIELL VIDEO)

Lykke Li – Get Some

From last year, with love:

The Värmen Sessions – Leo Leoson – Friday, By Mike Hughes

I know very little about this guy – from Skåne Sweden and a recommendation from my friend Peter Dysart in the USA. Eeh ‘eck what a small world it is these days! I have to say it’s pretty understated and charming, something right for the dark days and endless rain of Portland.

. . . → Read More: The Värmen Sessions – Leo Leoson – Friday, By Mike Hughes

25 Year Old Swedish Woman Believes She Was Born to Wrong Species and Lives Like a Cat

It would be nice if there were English subtitles, but even without them, you can tell what’s going on via the international language of cats:

Lykke Li – Sadness is a Blessing – Video is Deft Metaphor for Cultural Controls in Swede-Am Families

Thanks to Mike Hughes for bringing the video below to my attention. He describes it, “This is just so beautiful. The restaurant could only be in a Nordic country, the tristesse is beautifully expressed, and the fact that Lykke Li’s dress is reminiscent of a strait-jacket just adds to the poignancy… [This clip dramatizes . . . → Read More: Lykke Li – Sadness is a Blessing – Video is Deft Metaphor for Cultural Controls in Swede-Am Families

SödraSidan & Alpis – Min Hemstad (My Hometown)