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Ten must-read articles to understand Swedish Christmas

Swedish-themed decorations adorn a Christmas tree. Photo: Helena Wahlman/imagebank.sweden.se

Published: 14.Dec.2018 13:59 hrs

New in Sweden, or simply curious about some of the country's festive traditions? Here are ten articles from The Local's archives to tell you all you need to know about how Sweden celebrates the Christmas season.

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