GOATWATCH: Here's how you can livestream Sweden's Christmas goat

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GOATWATCH: Here's how you can livestream Sweden's Christmas goat
The 2022 Gävle Christmas goat. Photo: Mats Åstrand/TT

The Gävlebocken goat in the Swedish city of Gävle has become a worldwide symbol of the Christmas season for many who eagerly follow news of the straw goat to see if it survives until Christmas day. Here's where you can watch it online.


The goat, called Gävlebocken, is famed around the world for the annual battle between anonymous arsonists who try to burn it down and the city authorities, who try to keep it intact until after Christmas. 

Over its 57-year-history, the arsonists have the advantage, with the goat burning down slightly more often than it has stayed intact.

In 2016, it was burned down within hours of being inaugurated, however it remained intact until 2020, coming close to beating its four-year survival record. 


In 2021, it burned down again just before Christmas, with a man with soot on his hands arrested near the scene of the crime. The goat survived Christmas in 2022 and at the time of writing was still standing, despite birds in 2023 doing their best to eat it.

Do you think it will survive until Christmas Eve?

You can keep an eye on the goat's fate via Visit Gävle's website here


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