Crayfish have been eaten in Sweden since the 1500s. For a long while, only the aristocracy enjoyed these delicacies, as popular suspicion of shellfish was widespread. In the mid-1800s, people started eating crayfish as they are eaten today. The crayfish feast or crayfish supper in the month of August spread through the middle classes. In the 1900s, crayfish became a national delicacy and people in all sectors of society began celebrating the occasion. The crayfish feast, at which people gather to eat and drink, is a typical Swedish festivity marking the end of the summer. All you need is to gather your friends, serve a heap of freshly boiled crayfish, beer and schnapps along with a selection of traditional and quite silly drinking songs. Last year, 219 000 kilos of crayfish were caught. A good indicator for how much Swedes love crayfish!
He is 17 years old, grew up in a small city in Sweden called Oskarshamn and he was recently drafted by Philadelphia Flyers. Olle Lycksell has played hockey since he was 5-6 years old and he is currently playing in Linköping´s Junior Team. SACC-Philadelphia´s interns recently had the opportunity to interview Olle.
How does it feel to have been drafted by Philadelphia Flyers?
It feels huge and inspiring. It has always been a dream to get drafted, ever since I was a kid. And finally now when it actually happened it feels very exciting.
You were in Philadelphia for a training camp a couple of weeks ago. Tell us about that!
The training camp was a lot of fun. I got to know the club in general and practice with other players that had been drafted previous years. I also got to know new people and see Flyers’ premises, which was very nice.
And what did you think of Philadelphia?
I really liked Philadelphia. A lot of nice places where you can work out, and they took good care of us so that was not a problem.
What do you expect from your future carrier in hockey?
In the future, I would love to see myself in a Flyers jersey. But before that, I want to reach SHL, Swedish Hockey League, and make a good performance.
Last week the celebrated and colorful Stockholm Pride Parade took place. It usually attracts around 45 000 participants and 400 000 spectators. Stockholm Pride remains the largest Pride Festival in Scandinavia since 1998. It strives to raise awareness for LGBT+ issues, and to create a safe zone for LGBT+ people and the gender expressions within the LGBT+ community.
The high numbers of participants and spectators are one of several signs that LGBT+ people are a welcomed part of the Swedish society. In fact, Sweden is one of the most gay-friendly countries in the world. The European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA-Europe) ranked Sweden as number four in their annual review called Rainbow Europe. In total, 49 European countries were being weighed.