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Sportlov, what’s with that?

Hey Stockholmers, if you are an outsider like me (as of not Swedish haha) you probably experienced the famous “Sportlov” last week without even noticing it. Why? well, because “Sportlov” stands for a special holiday kids have all around Sweden to enjoy the last piece of cold during the season and do some winter sports (“last chance” in the never-ending Swedish winter lol). Yes, so this “sportlov” is a one-week systematically holiday that happens during week 7, 8, 9, and 10 in this country; for us, Stockholmers, it just happened last week (week 9).

But what’s the deal with this week? Well, if you didn’t noticed, there was less traffic, less people commuting, and more kids on the streets! Yes, last week a lot of Swedish parents (and some others that are not) where enjoying a break from school either by going up North to the slopes or staying at home to enjoy what the municipalities had to offer. I’m posting about this because I didn’t get where this holiday came from until I did some research; as a matter of fact, back in the days of WWII where resources like coal and food where limited, the Swedish government stablished this holiday to keep the kids at their houses for a whole week to decrease the need of public heating in schools.

But it was not only sending kids to their houses to rationalise the heating, the government put focus on adding some extra activities that ended up shaping today’s outdoor activities. Later during the 50’s, sanitary arguments came to support this leave during late winter; this was due to the risk of spreading infections during that time of year, so basically it was practical to close the schools for a short time.

What do you think about this holiday? Do you have anything like this in your country? I’m sure in Mexico we don’t have this amazing break from school!

What’s warm as the Sun and spicy as a jalapeño? My home country México. My name is Fernando and I came to Sweden to study the master’s programme in Sustainable Technology at KTH. Come, join me to learn and understand the importance of having a sustainable lifestyle, and where else to do this than in Sweden?