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Surströmming, a fermented herring considered to be a famous delicacy in Sweden, is also known as one of the most pungent foods in the world. Pauline Conradsson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Surströmming Revisited: Eating Sweden's Famously Stinky Fish

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An Arctic Institution, Sweden's Ice Hotel Turns 25

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Icehotel is located 120 miles above the Arctic Circle. The temperature outside is well below zero, but inside the hotel — while still, of course, below freezing — it's much warmer, hovering in the low 20s. Ari Shapiro/NPR hide caption

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The Arctic Circle's Coolest Accommodations Turn 25 Years Old

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Christian Tengblad (right) and his fellow fare dodger are part of the group Planka.nu. Ari Shapiro/NPR hide caption

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Group Urges Swedes To Evade Subway Fares, And Even Insures Against Fines

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Swedish navy corvette HMS Visby patrols in the Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden, in October. The Swedish military was searching for evidence of suspected undersea activity in its waters amid reports of a Russian submarine intrusion. Marko Saavala/TT News Agency/AP hide caption

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Russian Threats Expose Europe's Military Cutbacks

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Garry Usher oversees the five lamplighters employed by British Gas. Each night, members of his crew wind up, by hand, the clocks that control when the lamps, like this one at St. John's church in Smith Square, turn on and off. Rich Preston/NPR hide caption

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Carrying The Torch For London's Last Gas Lamps

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Stars Shine Bright In Ireland's Dark Sky Reserve

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The British theater company 1927 performs its latest play, Golem, based on the character from ancient Jewish folklore. The troupe's trademark is vintage style combined with distinctive animation. Bernhard Mueller hide caption

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The Theater Company Is 1927; The Technology Is Cutting Edge

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High-Tech Tools Help Irish Dairy Farmers Produce More Milk

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London's Morning Gloryville Starts Sunrise Rave Trend

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Europe's Largest Zinc Mine Lies Deep Under Ireland's Countryside

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In Britain, A Christmas Tradition Of Slapstick And Silliness

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British and German soldiers fraternizing at Ploegsteert, Belgium, on Christmas Day 1914. World War I was raging at the time, but front-line troops initiated the truce, which they documented in photos and letters. Commanders on both sides were furious when they learned of it. Courtesy of Imperial War Museum hide caption

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A Century Ago, When The Guns Fell Silent On Christmas

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At the We Care food bank in Southeast London, customers pay 1 pound sterling, or about $1.60, for 10 items. The token payment is meant to ease customers' discomfort about having to use the food bank's services. Ari Shapiro/NPR hide caption

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Record Number Of Britons Are Using Food Banks

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