Name’s Day October 2
Love (or sometimes Lowe) is a Swedish version of the French man’s name Louis, which in turn is a nickname for the name Ludovic. It may also be a paraphrase of the female name Lovisa. The name is used for both men and women, although it is more common among men.

What happens in Sweden in October
Ever since 1999, October 4 is the “kanelbullens dag” (the day of the cinnamon bun) in Sweden.


Recipe for Swedish “kanelbullar” (cinnamon buns)
Makes about 40 buns
The dough:

50 g fresh yeast

4 cups plain bread flour
1/3 cup ground sugar (or confectioner's sugar)

1 egg

1 lb unsalted butter

2 cups whole milk

½ tsp salt

1 tsp ground cardamom (optional)

½ cup butter (nice and soft)

4-5 tsp ground cinnamon
1/3 cup sugar (we like to use brown sugar)

1/3 cup pearl sugar
Melt the butter and add the milk—bring to 98.6° to 114.8° F for optimal yeast. Add the yeast and stir.
When the yeast has dissolved, add the egg, sugar, salt, cardamom and most of the flour (hold a bit back for kneading). Work the dough until it stops sticking and has a shiny surface—around 10 minutes by hand. Keep kneading, it makes for a better bun.
Put the dough in a warm place for 30 minutes or until doubled in size. Place the dough on a floured surface and work through the rest of the flour.
Cut the dough in half and roll out each piece in a rectangular shape. Butter the whole piece liberally and dust over with the cinnamon and sugar. Roll each piece lengthways so you end up with a long sausage roll. Cut 1½-inch bites and place them carefully on baking trays (they will rise, so take care to keep them separated). For ease, you can put them in large muffin tins if you wish, but this is not essential. Let the buns rest another 30 minutes until doubled in size. Brush gently with egg and add a little pearl sugar on each bun, then bake in the oven on 400° F for 8 to 10 minutes (turn the heat down a bit half way if you feel they are getting too brown). Let them cool under a clean tea towel—this will stop them from drying out. You should get 34 to 40 buns out of this batch.

Name’s Day October 19
Tore or Thore is a man’s name with Nordic origins. An older variant was Thorir, which may be a composition of the god Tor’s name and an old word “verr” that means man or fighter. Another interpretation is that the latter part of the name might come from “wihar” which is an old word for priest. The name Tor is also a short form of a variety of names that begin with Tor-, such as Torbjörn. Tore is relatively common among men over the age of 50, but not as common among the younger generations.

What happens in Sweden in October
In October in Sweden during the years 1983-1991, were demonstrations against “löntagarfonder” (employee funds). These funds, into which a proportion of company profits were put and used to buy shares in companies, were controlled by representatives of the Swedish trade unions. They were abolished following their loss in the Swedish general election in 1991.