The seven bizarre traditions that make up Swedish Midsummer

The seven bizarre traditions that make up Swedish Midsummer

Midsummer is one of the oldest and most widely celebrated holidays of the year in Sweden, but to the uninitiated, some of the festivities can seem a little bit... odd.

Snaps: How did an extremely strong alcoholic drink come to define Swedish Midsummer?

Snaps: How did an extremely strong alcoholic drink come to define Swedish Midsummer?

Recipe: How to make a Swedish strawberry cream cake

Recipe: How to make a Swedish strawberry cream cake

Midsummer: Why do Swedes like to pretend they’re little frogs?

Midsummer: Why do Swedes like to pretend they’re little frogs?

Booze, frogs and in-laws: Tell us your best Midsummer stories
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Booze, frogs and in-laws: Tell us your best Midsummer stories

OPINION: Midsommar movie makes Sweden look like a horror show for American viewers

OPINION: Midsommar movie makes Sweden look like a horror show for American viewers

Working towards an inclusive Sweden one Midsummer at a time

Working towards an inclusive Sweden one Midsummer at a time

Travel chaos MAP: How to avoid the worst roads at Midsummer
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Travel chaos MAP: How to avoid the worst roads at Midsummer

Weather forecast: Sweden set for ‘lagom’ Midsummer holiday

Weather forecast: Sweden set for ‘lagom’ Midsummer holiday

Few violent crimes mar ‘quiet’ Midsummer celebrations

Few violent crimes mar ‘quiet’ Midsummer celebrations

Members’ quiz: Test your Swedish Midsummer knowledge
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Members’ quiz: Test your Swedish Midsummer knowledge

Rain, wind and possibly snow: here’s how Sweden’s Midsummer weather will look

Rain, wind and possibly snow: here’s how Sweden’s Midsummer weather will look

Yet another wet Midsummer could be around the corner for Sweden

Yet another wet Midsummer could be around the corner for Sweden

Sweet news for Swedish strawberry fans

Sweet news for Swedish strawberry fans

Sweden to pay compensation for Midsummer train chaos

Sweden to pay compensation for Midsummer train chaos

Midsummer holiday chaos leaves thousands of travellers stranded

Midsummer holiday chaos leaves thousands of travellers stranded

Ten things to hate about Midsummer in Sweden

Ten things to hate about Midsummer in Sweden

Swedish Midsummer through the eyes of foreigners: ‘It was the first time I saw my in-laws tipsy’

Swedish Midsummer through the eyes of foreigners: ‘It was the first time I saw my in-laws tipsy’

Five ‘Swemojis’ that will help you understand Sweden

Five ‘Swemojis’ that will help you understand Sweden

How to make Karin’s delicious Midsummer cake

How to make Karin’s delicious Midsummer cake

Here’s how much alcohol Swedes drink on Midsummer

Here’s how much alcohol Swedes drink on Midsummer

What’s the Midsummer weather like? It’s complicated

What’s the Midsummer weather like? It’s complicated

Five alternative ways to celebrate Swedish Midsummer

Five alternative ways to celebrate Swedish Midsummer

How do Swedes celebrate Midsummer?

How do Swedes celebrate Midsummer?

Dream weather predicted for Swedish Midsummer

Dream weather predicted for Swedish Midsummer

How to make the most of Sweden’s 2016 holidays

How to make the most of Sweden’s 2016 holidays

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Swedish police recover stolen strawberry haul

Swedish police recover stolen strawberry haul

Sweden set for another rainy Midsummer

Sweden set for another rainy Midsummer

Swedes in boozy ‘don’t drink and dive’ video

Swedes in boozy ‘don’t drink and dive’ video

Swedish strawberry shortage a ‘disaster’

Swedish strawberry shortage a ‘disaster’

Cop lights up Facebook with Midsummer rhymes

Cop lights up Facebook with Midsummer rhymes

Three die in Midsummer traffic accidents

Three die in Midsummer traffic accidents

Wintry chill grips Swedish Midsummer

Wintry chill grips Swedish Midsummer

Top ten reasons to hate Swedish Midsummer

Top ten reasons to hate Swedish Midsummer

Strawberry surplus saves Swedish Midsummer

Strawberry surplus saves Swedish Midsummer

Rainstorms to drown Midsummer joy

Rainstorms to drown Midsummer joy

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Sunny Midsummer marred by violence

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Midsummer: Sweden’s real national day

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Midsummer: take an umbrella

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Road officials warn of Midsummer madness

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The perfect way to enjoy ‘herbal tonic’

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Accidents and drunkenness following Midsummer parties

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Blood in short supply as Midsummer approaches

Bed company fined for misleading Midsummer ads

Bed company fined for misleading Midsummer ads

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Rape and assault see in Midsummer Eve

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Drunken disorder plagues Midsummer

Strike could threaten Midsummer schnapps

Strike could threaten Midsummer schnapps

Sweden set for soggy Midsummer

Sweden set for soggy Midsummer

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Four killed in holiday traffic accidents

Man killed during Midsummer knife fight

Man killed during Midsummer knife fight

Swedes face up to Midsummer berry crisis

Swedes face up to Midsummer berry crisis

Summer solstice marks longest day

Summer solstice marks longest day

Why I’m heading for the island

Why I’m heading for the island

Police kept busy on Midsummer Eve

Police kept busy on Midsummer Eve

Summer sun set to hit Sweden

Summer sun set to hit Sweden

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Speedboat splits small vessel in two

Expat Swedes gather for Manhattan Midsummer

Expat Swedes gather for Manhattan Midsummer

Fewer fatalities in Midsummer traffic

Fewer fatalities in Midsummer traffic

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Murder victim’s penis cut, stuffed down throat

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Midsummer murderer gets 18 years

Midsummer forecast recommends both umbrella and sandals

Midsummer forecast recommends both umbrella and sandals

The Local’s ultimate guide to Midsummer’s Eve

The Local’s ultimate guide to Midsummer’s Eve

Swedish feminists push for Midsummer ‘mayhole’ revolution

Swedish feminists push for Midsummer ‘mayhole’ revolution

‘Classic’ midsummer weather for Sweden

‘Classic’ midsummer weather for Sweden

Relatively calm midsummer celebrations in Sweden

Relatively calm midsummer celebrations in Sweden

Six reasons to hate Midsummer in Sweden

Six reasons to hate Midsummer in Sweden

Busy Midsummer’s Eve for Swedish police

Busy Midsummer’s Eve for Swedish police

Swedish holiday traffic death toll ‘unusually low’

Swedish holiday traffic death toll ‘unusually low’

Swedish strawberry bliss to sweeten Midsummer

Swedish strawberry bliss to sweeten Midsummer

Top ten: Odd Swedish Midsummer traditions

Top ten: Odd Swedish Midsummer traditions

Good Midsummer weather a traffic hazard

Good Midsummer weather a traffic hazard

Police kept busy on Midsummer’s Eve

Police kept busy on Midsummer’s Eve

Can I convince people Swedes aren’t weird?

Can I convince people Swedes aren’t weird?

Five odd Swedish things to taste at Midsummer

Five odd Swedish things to taste at Midsummer