Sámi words and red cottages: Essential articles for life in Sweden

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Sámi words and red cottages: Essential articles for life in Sweden
A traditional red wooden house. Photo: Henrik Holmberg/TT

Sámi words, bad jokes about Swedish things, where Sweden's immigrants are from, why red stugor are red, bomb shelters and studying for free... here are six essential articles for life in Sweden.


There are about ten Sámi languages alive today, spoken across the northern parts of Scandinavia and eastern Russia. But they are among the many Indigenous languages around the world that are at risk of disappearing. Here are ten Sámi words you might not have heard before:

Artificial Intelligence programmes such as ChatGPT have made headlines worldwide for writing scarily accurate essays, poems, and even newspaper articles. Last month, we decided to ask ChatGPT to tell us some jokes about Swedish things, and here's what happened.

More than 100,000 people became Swedish residents in 2022. Here's an article running through where they all came from.

Have you ever wondered why Sweden has so many red wooden stugor or cottages in the countryside? Find out why they're that colour in this article.


Obviously, we hope you never need this information, but Sweden has over 65,000 shelters to be used in the event of war. Find out how to find your nearest shelter here, and how you'll know when to use it.

Whether you want to do a full degree, a shorter academic or vocational course, or learn the Swedish language, there are lots of tuition-free programmes available to different groups in Sweden.


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