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
THE daughter of Adolf Hitler's favourite actress Magda Schneider claims the genocidal Nazi slept with her mum during the Second World War. Romy Schneider revealed her darkest to German reporter Alice Schwarzer in a tell-all interview in December 1976, six years before she died. Schwarzer, who has finally decided to broadcast the explosive chat, said: "She [Romy] was firmly convinced that her mother had a sexual relationship with Hitler." Magda met her future husband, Austrian thespian Wolf Albach-Retty, while filming in 1933 and the couple married four years later. During WWII, they lived in the Bavarian alps near Hitler's retreat in the mountainside retreat of Obersalzberg, above the town of Berchtesgaden. The Fuhrer openly said she was his favourite actress and would have her over at his place often, says Romy who never forgave her mother for seeing the murderous dictator. Romy, also an actress who died in 1982, went on to play several Nazi-persecuted Jews throughout her … [Read more...] about German actress claims Adolf Hitler secretly romped with her mum in long lost interview
A video uploaded by conspiracy theory YouTube channel 'mavi777' which shows a bizarre UFO in a German TV station program is now the hottest debating point among conspiracy theorists and alien enthusiasts. The YouTube channel reveals that the bizarre incident happened more than a month back.The video shows multiple UFOs in the backdrop of a television studio, and at times, the spooky object in the skies emanates light. The object seems to appear and disappear rhythmically which indicates that it is not a meteor.The video of the sighting soon went viral on online spaces, and many conspiracy theorists started arguing that this incident caught on camera is an authentic proof of extraterrestrial existence. These theorists also blamed the government for remaining tight-lipped even after videos of such incidents went viral on online spaces. As per conspiracy theorists, governments are aware of these alien visitors, but the authorities are covering up the facts fearing public panic.A few days … [Read more...] about Mysterious UFO appeared in German TV station program
We all love to spend a day lounging around in front of a gripping new series. So if you’ve run out of inspiration for things to watch, here are some great German television series to satisfy your appetite for binge-worthy shows. 1. Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980) We kick off with a German classic. Based on Alfred Döblin’s book of the same name, this 14-part West German series will have you questioning humanity, love and depression. The series begins in 1928 and follows Franz Biberkopf after he is released from prison following a 4-year sentence for murdering his prostitute girlfriend Ida. He now swears to lead a new, honest life, but after being thrown back into Berlin in the roaring '20s, his journey won’t exactly be all sunshine and rainbows. Released in America in 1983, the series garnered a cult following and is often considered as the great director Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s masterwork. While maybe not the easiest watch of this list, Berlin … [Read more...] about The top 12 German TV series you have to watch before you die