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Sommarlov (Swedish Summer)

This week most Swedish children leave school looking forward to a nice Swedish summer and 60 days of leasure or perhaps a summer job. The song "Den blomstertid nu kommer" is, I think for most Swedes, the signal of summer and sun.

In Sweden despite not being overly religous we like to celebrate the start of summer in church which is why yesterday my husband and I and lots of other parents went to church to celebrate the start of summer leave with my son, his classmates and all the other children in his school. When the organist started playing this song and everybody joined in singing, I am sure I can say that every single person in there was reminded of last day of school before summer leave.

I wish you the best of summers!

... and two more songs that remind us of a Swedish summer. The one on the the left is Ida, Emil's younger sister, singing and the second one is sung in one of the Pippi longstocking films.

If you don't know these charachters I suggest looking into the books about Emil and the books about Pippi longstocking all of them written by Astrid Lindgren.

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Sweden in the 1840s. Life is hard for many. The poor farmers in Småland try to get as much as possible out of their meager soil, but when it becomes overgrown and a harsh winter, famine is near. In Ljuder parish, Karl Oskar, Kristina, Robert, Arvid, Ulrika and many others dream of a better life, without hunger and the oppression of the authorities. Karl Oskar and his brother Robert turn out to have the same idea: to emigrate to America. The long and arduous journey across the
Atlantic begins, towards a brighter future."

The Emigrants by Vilhelm Moberg