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Swedish word of the day: sportlov

Sportlov has existed in Sweden since the Second World War. Image: nito103/Depositphotos

Published: 18.Feb.2019 10:15 hrs

For most Swedish schoolchildren, February (or the beginning of March) is synonymous with sportlov, or the annual sports vacation. The vacation was initially created during World War Two as a response to Sweden's energy crisis.

The sportlov usually lasts for one week and, depending on where you live in Sweden, comes as early as February 11th-17th or as late as the week of March 4th-10th.

The vacation dates back to the Second World War after a recommendation by the government-run energy commission (bränslekommissionen) which stated in 1940 that Sweden could save fuel by not having to heat up the country's schools for a week during one of the coldest months of the year.

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