How’s this for a quirky first Christmas in Sweden: Qutaiba Ad-Dagher tells The Local Voices how he escaped from Mosul and soon found himself baking saffron buns and learning tricks from circus artists.
With Sweden taking in so many refugees in recent years, economic migrants have dropped down the list of priorities and are often ignored, business administrator Stuti Singh tells The Local Voices.
A poster on the wall in Alberto's apartment reads: 'You don't need to be afraid'
Stockholm City recently launched a campaign urging residents to rent out free space to refugees. So why are so few locals heeding the call? Architect Karin Saler believes Swedes’ love of their personal space is at least as much to blame as any anti-refugee sentiment.
In Sweden, almost every festival has a traditional food to go with it, and for Lucia Day in mid-December, that food is the saffron bun. But one Swedish baker put a twist on the dish, creating a hybrid Lucia kebab, with the meat encased in a saffron pastry. READ
Once you’ve put down some roots in the icy north you soon notice that Swedes are pretty snappy dressers — and newcomers would do well to up their style game if they want to slot in, says Deepak Kamboj, a management consultant from India. READ