Living traditions

An inventory of intangible cultural heritage in Sweden.

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  • Artisanal glass

    17 May 2016

    Artisanal glass is the craft of making glass objects using various techniques. The craft is based on the melted glass and has been passed no from mas…

  • Gummekaka (Christmas cake)

    In Torestorp and Älekulla in Västergötland, a round cake is baked on the day before Christmas Eve that is often shaped like a wreath – this is known …

  • The local heritage movement

    The local heritage movement consists of societies all over Sweden that are focused on spreading knowledge about the history, environment and culture …

  • Lucia processions

    Lucia is celebrated on 13 December in schools and pre-schools, in churches, in workplaces and hospitals as well as privately, primarily among familie…

  • Laggning of wooden vessels

    19 February 2016

    Laggning (staving) is an old technique for making wooden vessels. Archaeological findings show that staving was common on the European continent befo…

  • Steamship traffic

    19 February 2016

    In Sweden there is a living knowledge of how to drive steamships. Thanks to the great interest and voluntary involvement, there are about twenty-five…

  • Ålarvet

    The name Ålarvet refers to the cultural heritage that has taken shape around the fishing of eels along the east coast of Skåne, called Ålakusten.

  • Varvskompetens träskrov (wooden boats)

    19 February 2016

    Wooden boat shipyards have existed in Sweden since the Viking Age. In the 16th and 17 centuries several shipyards were built to build up a strong fle…

  • Song and dance around the Midsummer pole

    19 February 2016

    Midsummer festivities with dancing and games are arranged throughout Sweden on Midsummer Eve and sometimes on Midsummer Day.

  • Smörgåsbord

    19 February 2016

    A Smörgåsbord is a collection of hot and cold dishes, which can be combined to form a full meal. The Smörgåsbord is eaten during annual celebrations …

  • Purim

    19 February 2016

    Purim is a Jewish holiday and tradition which is celebrated on the fourteenth day of the month Adar, which usually falls in March.

  • Nyckelharpa

    A Nyckelharpa (keyed fiddle) is a string instrument with a relatively long slender body. When it is played it is held just below the chest, a bit lik…