This article is available to Members of The Local. Read more articles for Members here. The number of German tourists coming to Sweden grows every year. Last year, German visitors spent just above three million nights in Sweden, according to Tillväxtverket, the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth. Compared to five years ago, that's an increase of more than half a million, making Germany the second most common country of origin for tourists in Sweden, just after Norway (3.3 million nights in 2017). German fascination for all things Swedish got so strong that several years ago it even prompted Swedish officials to warn of German tourists stealing elk warning signs from Swedish roads. What's more, many Germans seem to extend their stay and move to Sweden permanently. According to Statistics Sweden, there were 50,863 German-born people resident in Sweden in 2017 – making Germany one of the five European countries with the most emigrants to … [Read more...] about Why are so many Germans obsessed with Sweden?
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Often native language sources trump textbooks when it comes to later stages of language learning. You can gain a great familiarity with the fluency of a language through TV, and comedies in a foreign language can give you an insight into the sense of humour of a whole culture. Sometimes TV shows are also available with subtitles, making them suitable for all language abilities. We have put together a selection of German TV comedies which might help you improve your language skills, whatever your level - and give you a few laughs at the same time. Turkisch für Anfänger Following the everyday lives of a Turkish-German step-family in Berlin, Turkisch für Anfänger (Turkish for Beginners) this show is a lot of fun and very quick-witted. After Doris falls in love with Metin, a police officer of Turkish descent, their families move in together, much to the disdain of their children. The story is narrated by Lena, Doris’s 16 year old daughter. Cultural … [Read more...] about The best TV comedies to improve your German while making you laugh
Lorne Cook and Kelvin Chan, Associated Press Updated 10:45 am CDT, Wednesday, September 12, 2018 European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, center, delivers his State of Union speech at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Wednesday, Sept.12, 2018. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, center, delivers his State of Union speech at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Wednesday, Sept.12, 2018. Photo: Jean-Francois Badias, AP Photo: Jean-Francois Badias, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, center, delivers his State of Union speech at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Wednesday, Sept.12, 2018. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, center, delivers his State of Union … [Read more...] about From music to news, EU moves to protect online copyright
Sahra Wagenknecht, a divisive Socialist leader of the far-left Die Linke party, and other co-founders presented the 'Stand Up' (Aufstehen) alliance a week after extremist mobs in east Germany attacked foreigners and noisily protested against Chancellor Angela Merkel's immigration policies. Wagenknecht, 49, deplored the neo-Nazis making Hitler salutes and the ugly outbursts of racist hatred, but argued that many citizens had followed the call of the far-right Pegida movement and anti-immigration AfD party out of frustration over their social conditions. "I am sick of abandoning the streets to Pegida and the far right," she told a Berlin press conference, launching the cross-party populist movement which she said had won more than 100,000 followers since its online debut several weeks ago. "Many people joined not because they hate foreigners but because they feel left behind," she said about the rallies in Chemnitz in the formerly communist East, a region which still lags the west … [Read more...] about German left wing ‘Stand up’ movement vows to win back far-right voters
HOW to use on-demand TV, being ‘green’ and understanding hashtags are the things grandparents are getting to grips with - thanks to their grandchildren, it has emerged. Researchers who carried out a detailed study found the dawn of the technological age is reversing the old tradition of grans and granddads passing advice down to their grandkids. Among the other tasks and 'skills' which savvy senior citizens are picking up are downloading or streaming music, using emojis and even learning the how to nail Fortnite's 'The Floss' dance. Being able to name all the recent Disney Princesses, knowing common young street slang terms such as YOLO, along with how to have new adventures and see the world through innocent eyes also featured highly on the list. The study also found in return ‘elders’ are helping youngsters learn to plant seeds, how to respect older folk, how to be a good person and how important it is to try new things. Disney On Ice commissioned the study to … [Read more...] about On-demand TV, Twitter and learning ‘The Floss’ – the 20 things pensioners learn from their grandkids