midsummer

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WEATHER

Midsummer: take an umbrella

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TRADITIONS

Midsummer: Sweden's real national day

Summer is barely underway at Midsummer –arguably Sweden’s best loved holiday. Swedes regale with food, dance and merriment around the midsommarstång they’ve so lovingly prepared, decorated and erected. It is Sweden’s maypole, a symbol of fertility and Sweden’s love for the summer season. And a darn good excuse for a party.

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HOLIDAY

Sunny Midsummer marred by violence