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In order to promote and to give a better perspective of the quality at Gotland University. The university launched a channel in youtube with short clips of interviews to Students and Employees. I include in this post the opinion of some of my fellows about the master in international management. Specially for those who are thinking about HGO as an option, you will be able to see the broad cultural diversity we enjoy in our program. Listen to this students from Venezuela, Croatia, Azerbaijan and China.
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Couple of months ago, while attending a seminar, the guest professor started to mention some Swedish inventions. I found myself surprised since among them, the professor mentioned some quotidian ones, such as, the pc mouse, the tetrapak or the zipper. Regarding inventions, there is always controversial opinions about the original inventor. Sometimes, ancient cultures are missed here. For instance, China counts with many inventions used hundred years before Europe. I found a video compilation in Youtube with some of the most famous Swedish inventions. As I already mentioned, the authority for such discoveries is always controversial. When watching the video, notice that the telephone was patented by Alexandre Graham Bell and Lars Magnus Ericsson sells improved version of Bell telephone.
Sweden has a prosperous economy with a significant weight in the export market. It counts with international leader companies in different fields. Some of them are known as Swedish, but not all. Did you know that skype or the newspaper “metro” were created in Sweden? Find below some of the logos of the most representative Swedish companies. Notice that SAS is not 100% Swedish but also Danish and Norwegian, as well as the bank Nordea it is also Finnish.
The famous swedish carmaker SAAB, a classical swedish company which belonged to the American General Motors, was recently purchased by the Dautch company Spyker, which is 200 times smaller than SAAB. Victor Muller is Spyker’s CEO which states: “The main reason why we think Saab will succeed is its unique brand”. The entire acquisition – including funds that will be spent to rebuild the operation – will be financed with loans. A 400m-euro loan ($544m; £348m) from the European Investment Bank was approved on Friday afternoon. You can find more details on this article at BBC news.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been a brand icon for Swedish companies for many years and Stieg Larsson´s saga, “millenium”, became very popular overnight. Those are examples of characters who most of the people would associate to Sweden. But, there are other names which young generations would not recognize so easily. For instance, this is the case of the Swedish actor Dolph Lundgren, who many of you remember from movies like Universal Soldier or Rocky IV (I always thought he was from Eastern Europe) .Another example is the famous actress Greta Garbo, who played during the silent films Hollywood period. She was awarded as the fifth greatest female star of all time by the American Film Institute. Find below some pictures of some of the most known Swedish celebrities: The tennis player Björn Borg, the Swedish band Mando diao, the inventor of the dynamite, Alfred Nobel or Pipi Langstrump.
When I was definitively coming to Gotland I started to google in detail about this peculiar island on the Baltic sea. What a surprise when I found out that a TV series which many of you probably remember from your childhood was entirely recorded here in Gotland. We are talking none other than Pipi Långstrump. The famous Villa Villekulla is now located just 3 km far from central Visby. The name of the place is Kneippbyn summerland and it is an aquatic park. There is also a small camping and you can rent accommodation next to the facilities with beautiful sights to the sea. I visited it at the end of August, and It was an experience to see Pipi’s house and the Ship. Although, It was rather weird to see everything converted into an amusement park with mini-golf. What to say, everything is marketed today. Anyway, the place was lovely for the kids. The price to get into Pipi’s facilities were roughly 140 kr/14 euros. The aquatic part was closed when I visited so I do not know about the prices. Anyway you can just take a look around, it is for free! Click HERE to go to the website.
Here below, some more information for those who do not know about Pipi. You can also check the VIDEO section.
Pippi Longstocking (Swedish Pippi Långstrump) is a fictional character in a series of children’s books by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren, and adapted into multiple films and television series. Pippi was named by Lindgren’s then nine-year-old daughter, Karin, who requested a get-well story from her mother one day when she was home sick from school.
Nine-year-old Pippi is unconventional, assertive, and has superhuman strength, being able to lift her horse one-handed without difficulty. She frequently mocks and dupes adults she encounters, an attitude likely to appeal to young readers; however, Pippi usually reserves her worst behavior for the most pompous and condescending of adults.
After an initial rejection from Bonnier Publishers in 1944, Lindgren’s manuscript was accepted for publication by the Swedish publisher Rabén and Sjögren. The first three Pippi chapter books were published from 1945 to 1948, with an additional series of six books published in 1969–1975. Two final stories were printed in 1979 and 2000. The books have been translated into more than 50 languages. Wikipedia.org, 2010
Do you want to see how Pipi looks some years later?
Before I came to Visby, I read that Gotland is the part of Sweden which counts with more light hours, and probably one of the best climates. But unusually, this winter is being one of the coldest and snowiest for the last 30 years. It is curious since something similar happened the year I lived in Finland, they had the warmest winter for the last 20 years. Anyway the city snowed is lovely and that is why I took a bunch of pictures to show you. It is not so unusual to have sunny days here. Do not compare it to Spain though.
Taking into account that Gotland is not a capital, the winter here sometimes can be a bit boring. Gotland is specially known by Swedish as a summer place. Actually it is very popular and many people from Stockholm and other parts of the main land come to spend the summer here. For those who stay for the winter we recorded a funny video with some activities you could try…