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
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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
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Notes from a Bitter Baker: Swedish Cinnamon Rolls

Real Swedish cinnamon rolls: They’re small, they don’t have frosting, and they’re not for breakfast!
Apr 25, 2013
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U.S. places second in Internet usage, girl bloggers and how to fix a pothole Russian style

Sweden beats out the U.S. at using the internet  Sure, the U.S. is home to tech giants, media moguls and weird internet memes, but we come in second to Sweden in using the Internet to improve people’s lives. The World Wide Web Foundation ranked 61 developed countries by criteria like number of broadband connections, political […]
Sep 7, 2012
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Tacoma man faces steep prison term in Nicaragua, eye-controlled TVs and Uganda’s first little league team

Tacoma man awaits verdict for 22-year sentence in Nicaragua Jason Puracal, from Tacoma, WA, is awaiting a sentencing from Nicaraguan judges that could lead to a 22-year prison term. Purcal, a realtor and former Peace Corps volunteer, has spent the last 23 months on trial for drug trafficking and money laundering. A UN working group reviewing […]
Aug 31, 2012
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The visitor brings the sharpest knife

Telling the stories of others is a fraught endeavor. It’s hard enough when you’re doing it in your own city or community, but interpreting cultures and places that are not your own is especially problematic. International journalists and travel writers take (often deserved) criticism for superficiality, ethnocentrism or exoticizing their subjects. Not a day has passed since […]
Jun 4, 2012
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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