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What Happens When a Major City Bans Cars for a Day?

This coming September, residents of Stockholm will spend 24 hours finding new ways to get around town.

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When it comes to education, the environment, and well—pretty much everything—it often feels like Sweden is ahead of the United States. So it should come as no surprise that Sweden’s capital, Stockholm, recently came up with a brilliant new experiment. On September 19, for 24 straight hours, cars in the capital will simply be banned. Residents will have to find alternate ways to get around, using only their legs, bikes, and—the horror!—public transportation.

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Sweden Just Made Up a New Word for Female Masturbation

Masturbation slang has typically belonged to men. Now women are taking it back … with portmanteaus.

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Spanking the monkey. Choking the chicken. Rubbing one out. Flogging the dolphin? Our culture is full of lovable/painful slang used to describe the ancient art of masturbation. But for many women, “jerking off” never seemed to translate across gender. Crazy! That’s why a group of people in—of course—Sweden came together and heroically invented their own term for female masturbation: klittra.

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Activists Troll Russian Subs With Pro-Gay Underwater Neon Sailor

The Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society’s gyrating mascot shakes his booty at fascism off the coast of Stockholm.

Russia, as a country, is not exactly “queer-friendly.” Over the last few years, they’ve made the promotion of “gay propaganda” to minors a jail-able offence, have tried to prevent the adoption of Russian children to families living in countries where same-sex marriage is legal, and, on a tangential note, even unofficially banned twerking. This has inflamed the global community, which has tried everything from boycotts to high profile protests to draw attention to these injustices. Sweden, however, has decided to take definitive action. Recently, Swedish activists, after a series of “unwanted navel intrusions from Russia” that alarmed the relatively peaceful Nordic country, decided to fight Russian fascism with their own unique brand of soft power. The activists, working on behalf of an organization called The Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society (SPAS), have created and installed electric underwater signs off the coast of Stockholm that feature a dancing (gyrating) sailor in his underwear, with words in both Russian and English that say “Welcome to Sweden: Gay since 1944.” The sign is in reference to the year Sweden legalized homosexuality, and became one of the first countries to do so openly. Humorously, the sign also sends out Morse code signals that declare “this way if you are gay.”

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Swedish Pop Star Robyn Partners With Google and Spotify to Launch Tech Festival Just For Girls

Call your girlfriend...and tell her about Robyn’s new ladies-only tech festival.

From Hannah Horvath’s bedroom to Silicon Valley, Robyn is taking over the world. The energetic Swedish pop star’s latest venture sees her bringing her message of female empowerment to Stockholm’s youth through Tekla, a tech festival just for girls.

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Swedish Airport Arcade Wants Your Coins for a Good Cause

Sweden’s “Charity Arcade” gives travelers the opportunity for some retro gaming with a do-good twist.

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Most travelers stuck in international airports have two things to kill: time, and money. Specifically, the foreign currency that visitors have yet to exchange to match either their country of origin or destination. With that in mind, Airports have devised any number of ways to separate guests from their various coins. Shops, kiosks, and food courts all exist to entice air travelers into spending money while laid over in various concourses and terminals around the globe.

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This Is What It Looks Like to Love-Bomb a Mosque

After a series of mosque arson attacks, Swedes show up to protest Islamophobia.

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In a slew of Islamophobic attacks, arsonists targeted three mosques in Sweden using Molotov cocktails. In response, hundreds of anti-racist demonstrators and Muslim Swedes gathered for rallies in the city of Uppsala to “love-bomb” a mosque with paper hearts bearing messages of goodwill covering up graffiti that read “Go Home, You Muslim Shit.” Swedish Muslims also carried a banner that said “Don’t Touch My Mosque.” Sweden has been experiencing increasngly violent bouts of anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant hate—in the past year, 14 mosques have been attacked.

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