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Giant straw goat in Sweden is burnt down...once again.

Summary: A 13-metre straw goat has been burnt down for the 29th year in Sweden.

Every year, a giant traditional Christmas goat is erected in the central square in Gavle, 175 kilometres north of Stockholm, and almost every year it is burned down.

This year, the 13 metres tall goat lasted marginally longer than usual before arsonists succeeded in setting it on fire just before midnight on Wednesday.

This year's goat was the 46th to be erected and at least 29 of these goats have been burned down some time before the end of the Christmas season.

In the last ten years, the goat has only survived until Christmas four times.

Since 1988 people have been able to place bets on whether it will survive the season or how long it lasts before being torched.

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Publication:Independent Television News Limited (ITN)
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Date:Dec 14, 2012
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