Lucia − the Bearer of Light

Lucia, together with Midsummer, is one of main cultural Swedish traditions. The festivities around Lucia have been going on for 400 years and  Lucia herself is an ancient mythical figure with an long-lasting role as a bearer of light in the dark Swedish winters.

Lucia and her maidens! Photo: Cecilia Larsson/

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Christmas Magic in West Sweden

Christmas Magic at Liseberg in Gothenburg. Photo: Göran Assner/

Christmas is the pinnacle of the Swedish year. In late December, walking the streets in the towns and villages of Sweden is like being transported to some old-world fairy tale. Every public surface is ablaze with lights, decorated with trees and wreaths to ward off the compact midwinter darkness. Continue reading…