We were late for lunch yesterday as the husband and I left the Matteus school where we had just cast our votes for seats in the EU parliament. On our way out, a tiny old woman - in her late 80s I would say - walked up on her way in to vote, leaning heavily on a cane. Three political workers stood in front of her, one each from the Green party, the People's party and the Moderates (I would describe the People's party as, um, maybe, populist and it is part of the center-right alliance currently ruling Sweden, which is headed by the Moderates).
The old woman looked up, and barked out: "Pirate party?"
The husband and I looked at each other. The Pirate party is a brand new entity. They are interested in one thing: free file sharing on the internet.
"I guess she downloads a lot," the husband said, and we laughed.
And so the Pirate party ended up winning one of the 17 seats that Sweden has in the EU Parliament.
Oh, the power of the internets.
The Swedish word for the day is val, which has been the word of the day before. It means election. (And as Vatine has pointed out, also means choice as well as whale.)