Swedish teens discuss feminism
While other countries are removing feminism courses from school curriculum, Sweden on Dec. 1 started giving a new book on the subject to every 16-year-old student in the country. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s "We Should All Be Feminists" is being distributed in Swedish by the Swedish Women’s Lobby together with publisher Albert Bonniers Förlag and a consortium of other organizations in the hopes of sparking dialogue about feminism. In a country where "gender mainstreaming" is a key strategy for ensuring equality, the give-away has so far been met with praise. "My own definition of a feminist is a man or a woman who says, 'Yes, there’s a problem with gender as it is today and we must fix it, we must do better,'" writes Adichie. "Mostly, I hope that one day we will not need to be feminists. Because we will live in a world that is truly just and equal." Adiche, who is from Nigeria and lives in the U.S., based the essay on her 2012 TED Talk which has been viewed more than 2 million times.

First refugees move into tent camps
On Dec. 8 refugees started moving into a tent camp in Revinge, outside Lund in southern Sweden. Some 20 tents are ready, and permission for a total of 76 tents has been secured for this site; three other tent camps are planned in Sweden, accommodating a total of about 3,000 refugees. The tent camp, built by the Swedish Migration Board (SMB), offers temporary housing for asylum seekers during the three- to seven-day period the SMB needs to make permanent arrangements for each individual. Designed to withstand winter weather, the tents are insulated and heated; they each house five or six people. Internet access, catering, showers and toilets are also available in heated, temporary accommodations.

Swedish NBA player fulfills a dream in the U.S.
Sweden’s best basketball player is now in the U.S., playing for the NBA. Jonas Jerebko signed with the Boston Celtics this fall; he hasn’t played too much yet this season, but it’s still early and he is optimistic that the more time he gets on the court, the more he’ll improve. "He’ll make shots; I’m not worried about that," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said before a recent Celtics’ loss. Stevens said Jerebko is still adjusting to practicing and playing more as small forward – a new position for the 6 foot 10 Swede, who recently announced another change in his life: He and his girlfriend are expecting a baby in 2016. Maybe the new father will raise his child in a bilingual household as his own English is practically perfect. Jerebko spent many summers with his grandparents in Syracuse, NY and in school English classes in Kinna where he grew up on Sweden’s west coast, and after several years on other NBA teams in the U.S., his accent is imperceptible.