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Skitsnack – 4 Things You Shouldn’t Do When Visiting Sweden

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If you are planning to tour the beautiful lands of Europe and explore the marvelous country that is Sweden. You should know that there’s a lot of preparation you need to do before stepping inside this incredible country.

When I say preparations I don’t mean any useful tourist tool or something of the sort, I mostly refer to the mindset and things you should be aware of, in this case, there’s a lot of things you shouldn’t do in Sweden, since it can be seen as an insult or you could even do something illegal and you could be completely clueless about it.

For that, let’s take a time to visit the things you shouldn’t do when you visit Sweden.

Protect the Environment

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While this is a piece of advice that it can be applied in any country of the world, you should take extra attention of avoiding making a mess or throw your garbage in the public spaces and streets of Sweden.

This is mostly because Sweden is considered as a green country that fights a lot to eliminate the waste and contamination of his country, and that’s one of the reasons is considered a beautiful and natural country surrounded by vegetation. For that instance, you should take the task of preserving the environment very seriously while you explore the streets of Sweden.

Take Consideration about the Tap Water

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If you travel a lot you should be aware of the consequences that could be to drink tap water, since a lot of countries possesses dirty tap water that can give you countless diseases and damaging your health.

But the good news is that With Sweden the Tap water is not only safe to drink, but is as well delicious and clean, so take note of that and avoid at any kind to buy and use unfriendly water bottles, since it can be seen as a bad gesture.

Town Names and the Pronunciation

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While you might know that Sweden’s language can be hard for a foreigner to pronounce, is important to remember as well that the town names can be even more difficult to pronounce thanks to the countless numbers of accents and punctuations that they have.

But worry not, because Sweden is known for having friendly citizens that can understand the struggle of a foreigner trying to pronounce their language, if you are polite and ask carefully they’ll assist you as good as they can.

An Important Coffee Advice

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Swedish people are known for being in love with caffeine, and they enjoy coffee in all their presentations and combinations, but there’s one thing that they don’t like and that’s decaf coffee.

So if you are traveling downtown and ask yourself for a decaf cup of coffee, you might know that they don’t have it, or worse, they have it but it tastes awful ¿my advice? Stay out of decaf and stick with the traditional beverage and hot drinks that this incredible country has to offer you, and enjoy your stay of course.

Sweden is an overall amazing country with beautiful landscape, a chilly and cozy climate and the sweetest and friendly people you might find, for that the most important advice I could give you is to enjoy your traveling and explore the most you can,  but as well take an important look to these pieces of advice.

3 Sustainability Ideas Already Implemented in Sweden

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Sweden is the pioneer when it comes to ways to prevent climate change, as well on how to maintain our environment clean and comfortable, as well to other solutions to start cleaning our planet and maintain green zones and the fauna alive and well.

While a lot of countries have tried to start campaigns and movements to participate and maintain a culture of people that care for the flora and fauna, they have not quite meet the results that countries such as Sweden have reached with their motives, such as a constant recycling process and ways to keep their beaches and public spaces clean.

But is time to evaluate the way Sweden works with their sustainability and how to copy these ideas and start doing it in our country. For that, we are going to take a closer look at these ideas.

Växjö and fossil-fuel

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One of the objectives that were planned to this city of Sweden about 20 years ago was to be the first city to be free of fossil-fuel and most green and ecologic of the world, and they establish their goal to be completed by the year 2030.

With now only years ahead of 2030 we can take a look and see the analysis and progress of this city and how it has changed through the years, and the results are astonishing, not only is the greenest city in Sweden but the greenest in the entire world.

Just by using alternative and green options of fuel such as biogas and renewable, they have managed to stop the use of fossil-fuel almost completely, making it a big step from the other cities of the world.

Energy Efficient ideas

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While one of the most dangerous and contaminant products of our times is fossil-fuel, is one of the most reliable options to obtain energy, but Sweden has chosen to stay green and use solar panels in the majority of their buildings, with this they can obtain energy and improve their infrastructure, not to mention that they obtain a clean way to collect power and services.

Urban Farming

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A common practice in Sweden that it needs to spread around the world is urban farming. It consists of sharing a piece of land with your other residents in your backyard with the finality of cultivating and maintaining a green and rich garden.

With plantations where you can obtain fruits and vegetables, as well an organic toxic-free food that can be used with your family and friends.

Sweden is not the greenest country of the world by accident. It takes a true leadership and the compromise of all their citizens to maintain a country clean and efficient. That’s why Sweden stands as an example for the entire world about how to keep our country productive and green at the same time.

3 Swedish Rock Bands You Should Know

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Rock keeps going strong, and while we all know the England and American rock. Swedish rock, on the other hand, is almost unknown for the world, so if you want to be a real rocker and learn about the best bands of the world, you should definitely check out Swedish rock.

So let’s take a ride and see the best Swedish artists’ rock bands that you should know.

Mustasch

A simple yet classic rock band with touches of the old generation is what can be say about Mustasch, While they embrace the past rock bands and use them as an influence to establish their own unique sound, they have been successful in this practice just by looking at their discography and with songs such as “Lawbreaker” that can describe the group for itself.

Bullet

If you love the classic riff from bands such as Metallica or Megadeth and you want more, Bullet is definitely a band for you. With a great combination of the actual rock and their own style, they have improved in Swedish rock as no other band has, for that you can see their work in songs such as “Fuel the Fire”

Honeymoon Disease

A completely different sound as we have heard before in Rock. Honeymoon Disease stands as a unique and solid band that offers danceable and great rhythm songs full of energy and happiness, you can check out their single “Fly bird, Fly high” and catch their positive vibe.

While nowadays the music industry is focused more on genres such as pop or hip-hop, is worth noticing that Rock is having a comeback in these past years, and while others argue that music industry is made a mess right now, here in the blog, we can all agree that there is a great artist in the spotlight delivering great music to all his fans.

New Regulations Could Change Swedish Gambling Culture

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Gambling in Sweden has their past with the law and a rough present by having a lot of troubles and a high number of citizens that are addicted to spending their time in the casino or betting to their favorite team. This has been a remarkable problem for the Sweden government since they have years trying to stop the gambling thread.

Sweden’s Most Beloved Hobby

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By being a legal activity, gambling and betting is a well-known hobby in Sweden, but to stop any risk of receiving an addiction from these activities, the government has started to take actions and regulate the world of gambling as we know, and it has been proved to be successful.

But with the arrival of new ways to gamble and different options that are outside the control of the government, such as online gambling, online poker and mobile applications that serve as a way to gamble. It has been established that there’s a new regulation that is striking directly to gambling.

The Overly-Changing Gambling Culture

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Not only gambling as we know, but the gambling culture that has years developing in Sweden, thanks to the advantages of technology and the different platforms where we can now start gambling and betting, this can be considered quite illegal since it doesn’t follow the regulations and rules that the Swedish government dictates to these practices.

Is Gambling A Threat?

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But not only this is considered a threat to the gambling culture, but these regulations can affect the gaming world as well, that’s right if you are a gamer that spent your time playing on your phone or on your PC online games. The following regulation can affect you as well.

What this new regulation comes to offer is to form a new gambling act and as well as licensing gaming companies. And it’s worth mentioning that this campaign and regulation is coming alive the first day of the year 2019.

Technology Makes Gambling Easier

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Now let’s take aside and see for ourselves the threat that this regulation has to do with gambling culture. First, let’s remember that most Swedish prefer to bet and gamble through their Smartphone or PC rather than going outside since this is the most comfortable way to place a bet or just to enjoy an online casino in the comfort of your house.

Gamblers Are Affected

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And since these regulations are behind these applications and game that are dedicated most to gambling. They directly affect most of the gamblers, and while it has a major point in what the legality of these apps are, is important to remember that is one of the primary ways to gamble nowadays.

Not to mention that these regulations can also affect games as well since licensing gaming companies can result in controversy and a backlash to this regulation.

Is important to understand the point of view of the government and what they are trying to achieve with these regulations to gambling apps and online betting, but this affects directly to the thousands of citizens that are using these apps for their own benefit and entertainment, but only the next year will tell us if this regulation had a good result.

Right from the Start – Online Gambling in Sweden

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Gambling and Sweden has a long history of being together. Is well known in the Sweden culture that a long time ago, in the year 1020, the king Olaf of Sweden arrange a meeting with his Norwegian counterpart to settle a territorial dispute by playing a match of dice.

Gambling Was Considered a Plague

While this is an odd story that can’t be referenced in current Sweden, is also known that the government has spent years controlling the plague that can become gambling in the country, and by taking methods of precaution and a restriction of age in multiple casinos and gambling houses it is known that there are other methods nowadays to gamble.

These methods include the popular online gambling that has gained more attention each year it goes by since a lot of young teenagers are drawn to bet for their favorite soccer team or gamble and try to earn some easy money.

Gambling Doesn’t Require a License

But let alone that Sweden is open about gambling since it doesn’t require a license or a special permit to enter a casino and these operations are completely legal in this nation, making it rather easy for someone to become addict to gambling and betting. And while there have been a lot of propositions to establish a license, there is a lot of criticism behind this idea.

Technology Is Taking Over

And while it has been proven that Swedish has a soft spot for technology, mobile poker games and online casinos have been around the corner for every Swedish, especially mobile poker that has an increasing number of Swedish playing every day and while there’s no major poker tournament in Sweden, this is looking like a matter of time.

Gambling in Sweden is still on the edge, and by having online options to gamble and betting. It looks like Sweden is keeping his history of being a gambling country.

Gambling and Sweden has a long history of being together, when, in the year 1020, the king Olaf of Sweden arrange a meeting with his Norwegian counterpart to settle a territorial dispute by playing a match of dice. It is known that the government has spent years controlling the plague that can become gambling in the country, but let alone that Sweden is open about gambling since it doesn’t require a license or a special permit to enter a casino. It looks like Sweden is keeping his history of being a gambling country.

3 Swedish Artists Trending in 2018

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With this year almost ending we can be secured to say that it has been a great year for music in general. Most of all for Sweden since a lot of Swedish artists gain a lot of relevance this year making their way into mainstream music and having great popularity around the world.

For that, being trendy in the year 2018 isn’t an easy task, and only the most talented and best artist around can be considered to be the best of the category and finally reach the top of the multiple music charts and competitions.

For that, we are going to take a look to three artists that were trending in this year and they might be even trendier in the years to come. This is only possible thanks to our fabulous team of writers.

Sarah Klang

Sarah Klang is a girl that has made a name in the music industry by making beautiful songs that are filled with emotion and sadness, so much sadness that she proclaims herself as the “Saddest girl on Sweden”.

While Sarah has been on the radar these past years when she released her single “Sleep” back in the year 2016, she has continued her status as a great musician and with a great career ahead.

Albin Lee Meldau

Albin is packed with a great voice and beautiful guitar melodies. Being a singer-songwriter he has dedicated his focus in music to reach a more danceable tone, this can be appreciated with his single “Lou Lou” striking hard in Spotify with more than 23 million listens.

Be the Bear

Be the bear is a Swedish independent artist that has caused a great impression around the globe. Starting making music back in the year 2011, she has grown and finesse her sounds to make the best music available and representing the culture of Swedish independent artist.

Is no doubt that Sweden has a great number of rising artists that will keep us alert with their amazing music and talents, and with these artists already making a great sensation around the world it might be time for Sweden to shine musically. Trust us in this matter.

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