#AdventCalendar: Is this Sweden’s oddest tourist attraction?
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#AdventCalendar: Is this Sweden’s oddest tourist attraction?

Each day of December up until Christmas Eve, The Local is sharing the story behind a surprising Swedish fact as part of our own Advent calendar.

#AdventCalendar: When spontaneous dancing was forbidden by law in Sweden
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#AdventCalendar: When spontaneous dancing was forbidden by law in Sweden

#AdventCalendar: Sweden’s many, many, many words for snow
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#AdventCalendar: Sweden’s many, many, many words for snow

#AdventCalendar: How a Swedish-American created the modern image of Santa Claus
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#AdventCalendar: How a Swedish-American created the modern image of Santa Claus

#AdventCalendar: How Sweden’s ancient forest language made an unexpected comeback
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#AdventCalendar: How Sweden’s ancient forest language made an unexpected comeback

#AdventCalendar: The Swedish student scream and the stories behind it

#AdventCalendar: The Swedish student scream and the stories behind it

#AdventCalendar: The coffee-hating king behind Sweden’s ‘first clinical trial’
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#AdventCalendar: The coffee-hating king behind Sweden’s ‘first clinical trial’

#AdventCalendar: The strange things that happen in Sweden at 3pm on Christmas Eve
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#AdventCalendar: The strange things that happen in Sweden at 3pm on Christmas Eve

#AdventCalendar: The man who was the voice of Swedish Christmas
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#AdventCalendar: The man who was the voice of Swedish Christmas

#AdventCalendar: The forgotten underground war hospital in the midst of Stockholm
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#AdventCalendar: The forgotten underground war hospital in the midst of Stockholm

#AdventCalendar: The dinner that proves Sweden is anything but lagom
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#AdventCalendar: The dinner that proves Sweden is anything but lagom

#AdventCalendar: Why some Swedes put cheese in their coffee
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#AdventCalendar: Why some Swedes put cheese in their coffee

#AdventCalendar: The sweet Saturday tradition with a murky past
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#AdventCalendar: The sweet Saturday tradition with a murky past

#AdventCalendar: The abandoned spots across Sweden where cars find their final resting place
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#AdventCalendar: The abandoned spots across Sweden where cars find their final resting place

#AdventCalendar: The story behind Sweden’s most bizarre piece of taxidermy
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#AdventCalendar: The story behind Sweden’s most bizarre piece of taxidermy

Introducing The Local’s #AdventCalendar – facts about Sweden you didn’t know
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Introducing The Local’s #AdventCalendar – facts about Sweden you didn’t know

#AdventCalendar: Why does Santa ride a pig in Sweden?
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#AdventCalendar: Why does Santa ride a pig in Sweden?

#AdventCalendar: Sweden is home to the world’s only producer of elk cheese
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#AdventCalendar: Sweden is home to the world’s only producer of elk cheese

#AdventCalendar: The micronation in a southern Swedish national park
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#AdventCalendar: The micronation in a southern Swedish national park

#AdventCalendar: Why Sweden used to stockpile coffee in case of crisis
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#AdventCalendar: Why Sweden used to stockpile coffee in case of crisis

#AdventCalendar: The Swedish town where people sit on ice poles for 51 hours
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#AdventCalendar: The Swedish town where people sit on ice poles for 51 hours

#AdventCalendar: The curious history of the chocolate box you’re bound to receive this Christmas
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#AdventCalendar: The curious history of the chocolate box you’re bound to receive this Christmas

#AdventCalendar: Why do Swedes eat herring at every single special occasion?
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#AdventCalendar: Why do Swedes eat herring at every single special occasion?

#AdventCalendar: How saffron made its way to Sweden and became a key part of Lucia Day

#AdventCalendar: How saffron made its way to Sweden and became a key part of Lucia Day

#AdventCalendar: When Sweden had a state-owned burger chain
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#AdventCalendar: When Sweden had a state-owned burger chain