No. Not all Swedes can [sic] English

Swedes are great at English. Pretty much every Swede manages proficiently in English. And most are rather fluent. Speakers. Readers. Understanders.

Writers? Not so much.

Writing is a skill, a craft. That’s true for native users of a language, too. Writing is is the trickiest of skill areas within a language because it’s recorded. This is why we hire writers, editors, professionals of the writing sort to assist with the written word. Especially if it’s the written word of a government minister. Specifically, in this case, Sweden’s Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Ms. Margot Wallström has got herself into hot water before for the things she’s said. In those instances they have been for the content. So I guess poking some fun at her for her Swenglish will deflect off into outer space. But on a serious note, I do think Sweden has enough money to provide their foreign minister with a budget enough to run her tweets through before they’re public.

What exactly is a civil society actor? Non-unionized?

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At Stockholm’s Trade Show and Fair venue, Stockholmsmässan the tweens and teens rule the floor.

Rumor has it (but not their website) that it’s the first in Sweden. I will take their word for it. It’s my first visit to a fair aimed at youths so no one would be surprised that I might be feeling out of touch.

I don’t know the headliners though I do recognise STHLM Panda. They make thought-provoking social experiments around the greater Stockholm region with 131,000 subscribers. They’re available for meet and green at 4.30pm. That’s in 10 minutes from the time I am writing this. I think I will have to take a peek.

My 11yr old son has named Jockiboi, who are here too. They’re on at 5pm. I might have to see what that is about too. They have nearly a million subscribers. Hmmm.

White tie or black tie. In Sweden this is a funeral dress code.

“I wear a white tie, right?”

The Swedish husband asked me, the immigrant from across the pond.  I had to suppress  a giggle despite the somber reality of why the question was asked. We will bury my mother-in-law on Thursday. She often giggled together with me when we poked fun at her son with his moments of utter cluelessness regarding occasional Swedish customs and traditions.

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“Yes, a white tie.”

He’s worn white ties to the funerals of his farfar (paternal grandmother,) his morfar (maternal grandfather,) his mormor (maternal grandmother,) and his father. And black ties to the funerals of his great aunt and his sister’s in-laws.

By deduction you can figure out the custom requires white tie for close family members and black tie for other family or related. Other attendees simply wear somber ties.

For non-Swedes, especially coming from the US where “white tie” and “black tie” are dress codes for more festive formal wear, this can sound confusing. Those would best be understood as “frack” (white tie) and “smoking” (black tie).

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