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sweat bread and salted butter - some of the first things that a visitor
notices. Indeed they put sugar everywhere. You can find sweet mustard,
sweet ketchup, sugar is in herrings ...
"Offentlighetsprincipen" - in Sweden, everybody has the right to read any
public document, so the citizens can scrutineze the work of administration.
It aslo means that anybody can know how much you earn ...
nature and "Allemansrätten" - the right to
use nature (you can build your tent for one night - as long as you are
out of reach of sight from a house, pick up mashrooms and berries etc.
- but be aware of exceptions )
reindeers and Lappland - the very north of Sweden and Europe
Vikings and the great history of Sweden (Karl XII, Gustav Vasa ... )
"fika" - drinking coffee. The Scandinavian nations are some of the eminent
consumers of coffee.Indeed, in most offices they have around 10am a coffe break.Don't come this time!(But the young generation doesn't like coffe so much)
"systembolaget" - the alcohol business is managed by the state and alcohol
is rather expensive. The result is that Swedes never really learn to drink
.... and when they start, they just can't stop. So they become very drunk.
"smörgåsborder" - table full of different kinds of food, you
can take what you want and as much as you want
kingdom (Carl Gustav, Silvia, Victoria, Carl Phillip and Madeleine Bernadotte)
music: ABBA, Roxette, Ace of Base
companies: Ericsson, SAAB, IKEA
art: Ingmar Bergman (director), Greta Garbo (actriss), Astrid Lindgren
summer houses - many Swedes own or rent a summer house and they spend there
many weekends and -of course- part of the summer
flag - very popular. I guess that at least half of the housing estates
have the flag somewhere. And you can find it even on a Christmas tree.
and many others (Carl von Line, Olof Palme ...)
- sittning - very special kind of party with drinking "snaps" and singing
artsoppa - yellow split pea(and pork) soup. When you eat it, you put a bit of sweat (yes, sweat) mustard ("senap" in Swedish) there.
- nature is open and free for everybody.
What you can do:
pick up flowers, mushrooms and various berries, tent over one night
out of the reach of sight from a house, light a fire, fish in the sea (not
with a mesh) and in five of the Swedish largest lakes (e.g. Vattern), swimm,
travel by a boat and alnd somewhere (if nobody lives in the nearby)
What you must not do:
leave rubbish in the nature (when you leave it should be the same as
when you came), kill or hurt animals (but you can kill a fish, before you
eat it :), destroy trees or bush, pick up protected plants, go into
someone's garden or field, make a fire on a rock (it destroys the rock)
or when it's too dry (until you want to burn :)
I have missed the Swedish Christmas, but there are few interesting things I know:
Something not coming from Sweden but very Swedish - on Christmas they watch the old cartoons with Donald duck.
They also have the same tradition as Germans (I'm not sure it isn't on New Year) - they watch "Dinner for One".
Some places in Sweden
Is a beautiful town some 150km
on south-west of Stockhlom and 50km north-east of Linkoping (20min by train).
[Click on an image]
The "former industrial centre". You can see the river that was the source
of power for many factories.
But Norrkoping is nice also by night. Notice the "candels" in the background
The yellow building "cutting" the river is the famous museum of work.
Besides industry you can find there nature too (but, of course, only with
the river :)
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created by Jakub Holy