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Ten Swedish dates every visitor must discover

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Ten Swedish dates every visitor must discover
Christmas in Sweden is often washed down with glögg (mulled wine). Photo: Leif R Jansson/TT
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How much do you know about the most traditional, tasty and sometimes bizarre dates in the Swedish calendar?
 
Find out why Swedes scoff on semla buns and how to make your own.
 

Semla buns. Photo: Susanne Walstöm/Image Bank Sweden
 
 
Celebrate the beginning of spring by feasting on delicious gridded cakes that have been popular in Sweden since 500AD.
 

Swedish-style waffles. Photo: Mikaela Vazquez/Image Bank Sweden
 
 
From witches to feathered twigs, here's how to embrace six super Swedish Easter traditions.
 

Easter 'witches' in Sweden. Photo: Lena Granefelt/Image Bank Sweden
 
 
Learn why Swedes love dancing around bonfires every April.
 

Walpurgis night on Djurgården, Stockholm. Photo: Lola Akinmade Åkestöm
 
 
 
Most Swedes couldn't care less about June 6th. But it is a special day for new citizens in the Nordic nation. Here's why.
 

A citizenship ceremony for new Swedish citizens on June 6th. Photo: Ola Ericson/Image Bank Sweden
 
 
Don't miss The Local's guide to Sweden's Midsummer madness. From eating raw fish to guzzling down homemade snaps and making some strange shapes around a maypole, this party is the biggest festival of the year.
 

A Swedish Midsummer party. Photo: Carolina Romare/Image Bank Sweden
 
 
Swedes used to be banned from eating crayfish during the winter, with the official season getting underway on August 7th. Discover why feasting on the snappy red seafood remains a major tradition.
 

A traditional crayfish feast. Photo: Carolina Romare/Image Bank Sweden
 
 
Swedes eat a lot of cinnamon year-round. But here's how to make the spicy buns yourself on October 4th, a very delicious date in the Swedish calendar.
 

Cinnamon buns. Photo: Fredrik Broman/Image Bank Sweden
 
 
Why Swedish girls wear candles on their heads at the start of December.
 

Lucia celebrations in Stockholm. Photo: Cecilia Larsson/Image Bank Sweden
 
 
The Local's essential guide to celebrating Christmas in Sweden - and surviving some of the country's more baffling traditions.
 

A Swedish Christmas tree. Photo: Helena Wahlman/Image Bank Sweden
 
 
 
 
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