• The Actress Who Brought Pippi Longstocking to Life

    Most 8-year-olds spend their days watching cartoons, learning multiplication tables and playing outside. Inger Nilsson wasn’t your average 8-year-old. In fact, she was the girl most 8-year-olds wanted to be. Pippi Longstocking is the quirky, independent and red-headed main character in Swedish author Astrid Lindgren’s children’s book series. The books resonate with children (and adults) all over the world, and […]

  • Kent Ullberg: The Swedish Sculptor Known All Over The World

    In the midst of the financial district in downtown Omaha, nature abounds. There, at the intersection of 16th and Dodge streets, Canadian geese are startled by rampaging bison and take flight, leaving their sanctuary in the water for the safety of Omaha’s sky. Nearby, bison and geese are intrinsic with their city surroundings, blending in with buildings, light posts and […]

  • What is the Swedish Experience?

    According to a recent report commissioned by the European Union, Sweden has the lowest percentage of smokers across Europe at just 7 percent. A recent Bloomberg article examines this phenomenon – dubbed “The Swedish Experience” – and how snus, a smokeless and spitless upper lip tobacco that originated in Sweden more than 200 years ago, plays a role in reducing […]

  • Former Hockey Pro Alexander Hult Traded Skates for Skillets

    Alexander Hult knew a thing or two about risk before he opened his eponymous restaurant in the Northern California community of Los Gatos. After all, this was only the third career for the Swedish native. As he was growing up in Borlänge, about two hours outside of Stockholm, Hult always was driving toward playing hockey as a professional. He was […]

  • Getting to Know Singer/Songwriter Andreas Moe

    Stockholm native Andreas Moe has been partnering with big-name artists like Avicii behind-the-scenes since 2011. Moe’s newer projects, however, aren’t for other artists. The songwriter, guitarist, producer and singer is making a name for himself. Moe’s music is upbeat and light, exactly the kind of music you’d want to listen to while hiking with friends, or hanging out on the […]

  • 5 American Collabs with Swedish Brewery Omnipollo

    Here at Umgås Magazine, we’ve talked aquavit and hard cider, glögg and vodka. It took us a while to realize we were missing something huge: BEER! With several of our writers being beer aficionados, we couldn’t believe we overlooked such an important alcoholic genre, and while Swedes may not be known in the States for beer, their beer game is […]

  • Carving out a niche with Polar Skate Co.

    Whether you’re popping ollies in your driveway or taking your tricks to the streets, skate culture is a versatile, international pastime that has a strong foothold in our communities. The economics of skateboarding should come as no surprise, when skateboarders like Tony Hawk and Ryan Sheckler are celebrities in their own right. With the following skateboarding has amassed, there’s a […]

  • The Maine Course: How Noma and Fäviken Influenced Chef David Levi’s Cooking

    David Levi, chef and owner of Portland, Maine restaurant Vinland, drew inspiration for his all-local food establishment from his time spent cooking in Scandinavia – at famed restaurants Noma in Denmark and Fäviken in Sweden – and the philosophies that currently are guiding the Nordic region’s food movement. His restaurant guarantees that all ingredients that go into a dish are […]

  • Meet Madeleine Vall Beijner, the Swede Who Kicks Ass in ‘Wonder Woman’

    “Wonder Woman” has taken the world by storm. The latest in a long line of superhero movies has proven as popular around the world as it has here in the United States, grossing more than $620 million worldwide. It also has a 92 percent rating, according to Rotten Tomatoes. Early in the movie – before she becomes Wonder Woman – […]

  • ‘Chew’ & A with Chef Marcus Samuelsson

    If you’ve picked up a food magazine or channel surfed to find a good cooking competition in the last decade, chances are you’ve seen or heard of Marcus Samuelsson. Samuelsson was born in Ethiopia and raised in Sweden, where he developed an affinity for cooking at a young age, joining his grandmother in the kitchen and learning to make dishes […]

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