Crawfish are native all over the world, but are especially abundant in North America and Northern Europe where traditions like the Swedish Kräftskiva typically involve eating a ton of them in one sitting. (Photo by Yvonne Rogell)

Celebrating summer Swedish style with an Old Ballard Kräftskiva

What better place than a shipyard in Ballard to throw a Kräftskiva — the traditional Swedish party to celebrate the summer's first crawfish catch.
Aug 25, 2016
Thanks to Bernie Sanders' economic equality platform more young people are identifying themselves as socialists. (Photo by Katie Anastas)

Thanks to Bernie, socialism is no longer a dirty word

The lasting legacy of the Sanders campaign may be a more positive perception of socialism among young American voters.
Jun 6, 2016

Sister city travel guide: Eating your way around Iceland

It’s no coincidence that Seattle and Reykjavik have been sister cities since 1986.
Jun 12, 2014

In dark Seattle winter, Nordic films hit close to home

The films of the Nordic Lights Festival next weekend at SIFF are a testament to our cultural kinship with Scandinavia.
Jan 10, 2014
Grayson Toliver at the Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon in Iceland. (Photo courtesy Grayson Toliver)

From Seattle to Scandinavia, different takes on gender identity

Why the cold-climate countries of Northern Europe can be hard to adjust to for LGBTQ Seattleites.
Nov 18, 2013

Stockholm sisters’ tribute to Fleet Foxes arrives in Seattle

We’ve all heard a sweet, drooling mouthful from American critics about the unique harmonies of Seattle band Fleet Foxes. But their modern take on traditional folk music has made them particularly popular in Northern Europe, especially so with Swedish sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg. In the summer of 2008 the teen sisters, who form the band […]
Mar 13, 2012

A slice of Scandinavia at the Swedish Cultural Center

Throwing back beers in a sleek lounge, surrounded by sharp distinct accents, and gazing out on across an ancient lake to snow-capped mountains, I could almost convince myself I was huddled in a stylish resort somewhere in Scandinavia. But in reality, I was settling in for dinner and drinks and at the Swedish Cultural Center […]
Jan 30, 2012