Autumn In Sweden 2018
November 11, 2018 4:18 PM

Autumn In Sweden 2018
Autumn, a season of many colours.

I love this time of year, autumn. It is amazing to watch the magnificent show nature puts on when it transforms itself from summer to winter. Also, I was born in the middle of the autumn season, October 27. Another reason I enojy the autumn season, hehe. Although, I have had a bit of resistance towards my birthdays after my 25th one, anxiety over getting older. But this year I finally felt good about my birthday again. I feel like my 36th year on this earth will be a great one!

Below are some glimpses of my autumn in Sweden 2018.

Autumn In Sweden 2018
View from the highway from Nättraby into town. A drive I make many times every week.

Autumn In Sweden 2018
View from the bus on my way home from work in Karlshamn. Another ride I make many times every week.

Autumn In Sweden 2018
View from one of my weekly walks here in Nättraby.

Autumn In Sweden 2018
Where this adorable doggy has a habit of scaring the living daylights out of me from time to time on my walks. I always forget he/she lives there so everytime doggy comes charging at the fence barking when I pass, my heart stops and I jump up in the air. Then I laugh. Lol! Sure wakes my up!

Autumn In Sweden 2018
This also wakes me up on my walks, such a shiny and bright tree!

Autumn In Sweden 2018
A sparkling tree!

Autumn In Sweden 2018
Here I am enjoying another beautiful transformation tree in the forest in Nättraby.

Autumn In Sweden 2018
Bridge crossing.

Autumn In Sweden 2018
Autumn in Nättraby 2018.

Autumn In Sweden 2018
How did that happen with the leaves? Talk about a straight line.

Autumn In Sweden 2018
This was the first year I decorated for Halloween in my garden. Not much, but something. :p

Autumn In Sweden 2018
These are skull lights. Hehe.

Autumn In Sweden 2018
My birthday happened to coincide with the Halloween celebrations this year, so my mum made these for me. She is very creative with her baking. :p

Autumn In Sweden 2018
And on All Saints Day I visited my grandmother's grave. As well as Lisen and Diva's resting places. They are all deeply missed. ♥ ♥ ♥

Autumn In Sweden 2018
I took this one yesterday. Hanging on, is what I think of when I see it.

So with this I say, goodbye autumn 2018 and hello winter 2018. I look forward to an amazing holiday season. And I hope we get lots of snow for Christmas this year here in Sweden. :p


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Facts About Gas Prices In Sweden
September 22, 2018 2:31 PM

Facts About Gas Prices In Sweden
I stopped by this OKQ8 gas station here in Karlskrona in Sweden today to capture today's gas prices.

I think Sweden has a reputation, internationally, of having high gas prices, compared to the rest of the world. And it is true that only nine countries in the world have higher gas prices than Sweden. But if you take the price of gas in relation to the avarage Swede's income, Sweden end up as number 143 on the list of gas prices around the world.

I myself do not drive very much here in Sweden, partially because of the high gas prices (because I do think they are high). But also because I am not very fond of driving. So I take the bus to work and the rest of my activities are nearby where I live. Therefore I spend about 400 SEK per month on gas.

To give you an idea of why we have such high gas prices in sweden I have put together some facts about gas prices in Sweden. I have also compiled a current list of the gas prices in Sweden today.

Facts about gas prices in Sweden

- In Sweden we have high enviromental taxes and taxes on gas and diesel, about 60 percent. Only 40 percent of what we pay at the gas pump fluctuates with the market price.

- We have someething called "gas tax" in Sweden which consist of two parts, the energy tax and the carbon dioxide tax. Both these taxes has gone up over the past ten years, which is why the gas tax also has gone over the past ten years.

- If the gas tax did not exist, we Swedes would pay about 7 - 8 SEK per litre for our gas.

- In 2018, the average price for 1 litre of gas in Sweden was 15,26 SEK, compared to 12,58 SEK in 2008.

- The gas Sweden import is often imported in US dollars, which means that the US dollar's strength affects the gas price in Sweden. Therefore the main reason gas prices have risen so heavily now is the sharp rise in crude oil prices in 2018, about 25 percent. In addition, the dollar has strengthened.

- All in all, the gas in Sweden has become more expensive over the past 30 years. With the 1980 gas price level, 1 litre of gas would have cost 9,37 SEK today. Almost half the price compared to today's gas prices in Sweden.

Gas prices today - september 22, 2018

Facts About Gas Prices In Sweden

Currency today: 1 USD = 8,7 SEK

Type of gas Amount Price SEK Price USD
95 octane 1 litre 15,61 1,64
98 octane 1 litre 16,61 1,75
Diesel 1 litre 15,71 1,66
E85 1 litre 10,51 1,11

My hybrid car

Facts About Gas Prices In Sweden
This is my car, a Toyota Auris hybrid, modell year 2016.

Facts About Gas Prices In Sweden
It is a hybrid car, which means that it runs on both gas and electricity.

This type of car, the hybrid car, is classified as an enviromental car in Sweden and it is tax free the first five years. Which is nice. I had to pay about 2 300 SEK per year in tax for my old car, a Volvo V70 model year 1999. Another great thing about my new car (I bought it a month ago), the hybrid, is that it only use about 0,5 litres of gas per 10 kilometeres. My old car used twice as much

So you can keep your gas cost down in Sweden, by driving an enviromental car and by getting around by other ways than driving. I suppose that is why we have high gas prices in Sweden, to make people change their behaviour when it comes to using gas. Because it does pollute the world quite a bit.

However, I have no idea if this method, with high gas taxes, has an impact on how much gas we use here in Sweden. I guess it does influence me a bit though, because, for example, I might not drive somewhere if taking the bus or the train is cheaper. So perhaps having high gas taxes in Sweden is not all that bad, if it contributes to reducing the pollution in the world in some way. But that is just my thought, not a fact. ;)



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Rest In Peace Beloved Diva
September 15, 2018 11:08 AM

It has been four months since we had to let our beloved family member, Diva, go to sleep. She was my sister's dog, but she felt just like my own. Because Diva was my late dog Lisen's pup.

Rest In Peace Beloved Diva
Lisen, me and little Diva 13 years ago in my mum's garden.

It was a hard decision, but the right one. Diva had just turned 13 years old. Her spirit was still strong but her body was too tired to keep up with her wants and needs. She could hardly get up at the end. So now Diva is an angel in heaven, together with her mother Lisen again.

R.I.P. beloved Diva. 2005-05-25 - 2018-05-28.

Rest In Peace Beloved Diva
Diva, last summer in my garden.

Thank you, Diva, for 13 energy filled years with lots of cuddle and love. Now you are free from your pain filled body and can once again run around and play as much as you want. You will always have a place in my heart. Until we meet again, you vivacious beautiful soul. ♥ ♥ ♥


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Happy Easter From Sweden 2018
March 29, 2018 10:35 AM

Today we celebrate Maundy Thursday here in Sweden, a fun and treat filled day and a short day for most of us who work. I actually took the day off from work today, yay! But Easter is, of course, not all about eating good food, candy, treats and having days off work or school. Through the years I written some blog posts about Easter traditions in Sweden that I thought I would bring back to life today in this blog post, but first I want to wish you all a very Happy Easter from Sweden 2018!

Happy Easter From Sweden 2018
My mum sent me a photo of these cute Easter figures she has made for our up coming Easter meal. Great job mum! :-)

Below are some of the blog posts I have written about Easter traditions in Sweden:

Maundy Thursday in Sweden
April 20, 2011 4:10 PM

Tomorrow is Maundy Thursday - Skärtorsdagen in Sweden. On this day many children dress up like Easter witches - påskkärringar and knock on doors for candy. Although it's uncertain when this particular Easter tradition began in Sweden, the practice was widespread in western Sweden in the mid-1800s.

The origin of this tradition lies in the 1600's belief in witches and witch trips to the Brocken - Blåkulla. It was believed that all witches flew off to the Brocken on their brooms to socialize with the devil on Maundy Thursday. And it was because this trip took place around Easter that the witches often were referred to as Easter witches.

Even though we celebrate Maundy Thursday in a playful manner today, there is no doubt that the history behind this tradition also has a dark side. Because it was during the 1600's witch trials flared up across Europe, due to the fear of witches. And in Sweden it was during the 1660's and 1670's that the witch trials were at their worst. In fact the Swedish name for this day - Skärtorsdagen, comes from the verb cut - skär in the sense of clean - rena, meaning forgiveness of sin days.

Maundy Thursday in Sweden
That being said, me and Lisen cannot help but to take a little trip ourselves on this day. ;-)

Happy Easter everyone!

Original blog post: Maundy Thursday in Sweden

Easter Eve
Swedish name: Påskafton
Date: First Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox occur.

Easter Eve is a day when we gather with our families to eat either Easter buffet or lamb steak dinner. In our family we nowadays mainly eat lamb steak on Easter Eve. The Easter buffet reminds us too much of our Swedish julbord (Christmas buffet) and after Christmas we are all pretty tired of stuffing ourselves with food...

Eggs are also a big part of our Swedish tradition during Easter and Easter Eve. We paint them, eat them and hide them. The hidden eggs are usually plastic eggs filled with candy, mainly for kids. Grown ups usually give each other plastic eggs with some sort of gift in it instead of candy (we do in my family anyway, hehe).

Easter Eve eggs
I loved to paint eggs when I was a childEggs I had on Easter EveOur Easter Eve lamb steak dinner
Some of the food and candy from my latest Easter Eve celebration. And in the bottom left photo is me painting eggs during Easter when I was a child.

Originally Easter was celebrated in remembrance of Christ's resurrection. Although Easter has its roots in the Jewish Passover festival commemorating the Israelites' exodus from Egypt. Easter is the oldest and largest Christian festival.

The tradition of having Easter bunnies in Easter cards and Easter decorations came from Germany in the late 1800s. It was also during this period it was said in some families that it was the Easter bunny, not Easter rooster, who hid Easter eggs.

But why do we eat so much eggs during Easter in Sweden? Well when Sweden was a Catholic country eggs were forbidden food during Lent. So after Lent there were suddenly a lot of eggs because the hens had started to lay again after winter time.

Original blog post: Swedish Easter Eve Traditions

The History Behind Decorating Birch Twigs For Easter In Sweden
March 29, 2013 2:11 PM

The History Behind Decorating Birch Twigs For Easter In Sweden

The Easter tradition of decorating birch twigs with coloured feathers and other small Easter decorations in Sweden date back to the 19th century. But the actual birch twigs Easter tradition originates from a 16th century custom in Sweden where people used to whip each other with birch twigs, either on Shrove/Fat Tuesday or Good Friday morning. They whipped each other as a symbolic gesture to remind themselves of the suffering that Jesus Christ went through.

Over time the symbolic whipping with birch twigs evolved into a game where also children could whip their parents. The simple rules of this game were that the one who woke up first in the morning surprised the rest of the family with a playful whipping. Today, probably because the two types of birch twig traditions were so similar, we do not distinguish between them anymore. In fact, I would say that that the birch twigs tradition that has survived is the Easter one - where we decorate birch twigs with coloured feathers and other small Easter decorations for Easter.

Though I have not decorated at all for Easter this year, I have seen some very nice Easter decorations when I have been out and about. So below are some photos of Easter decorations I have encountered here in Karlskrona/Lyckeby in Sweden. :-)

The History Behind Decorating Birch Twigs For Easter In Sweden
Easter shopping. Already decorated birch twigs for sale on the Great Square in Karlskrona City. :-)

The History Behind Decorating Birch Twigs For Easter In Sweden
Easter birch twigs.

The History Behind Decorating Birch Twigs For Easter In Sweden
More colourful Easter decorated birch twigs.

The History Behind Decorating Birch Twigs For Easter In Sweden
Now this I had not seen before! Two trees decorated with giant eggs in the middle of Karlskrona City.

The History Behind Decorating Birch Twigs For Easter In Sweden
A fun initiative indeed.

The History Behind Decorating Birch Twigs For Easter In Sweden
Looked quite nice actually.

The History Behind Decorating Birch Twigs For Easter In Sweden
Like I said, giant eggs. Lol!

The History Behind Decorating Birch Twigs For Easter In Sweden
And this is a cute Easter decorated tree Lisen and I saw recently here in Lyckeby.

So even though I have not put up any Easter decoration myself this year, I certainly have had the opportunity to enjoy plenty of those anyway. Which is quite nice. And it will be even nicer to have a long weekend off now here at home with my doggy Lisen after my first, busy with long days, week at my new job in Karlshamn. We both wish you all a Happy Easter Weekend! :-)

Original blog post: The History Behind Decorating Birch Twigs For Easter In Sweden


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