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Interesting Facts about Sweden

Sweden Interesting Facts

Sweden, officially the Kingdom of Sweden, is a country in Europe. Here are some interesting facts about Sweden:

  • One of the greatest passports in the world is the Swedish one.
  • Stockholm's metro stations are home to the world's longest Art Gallery. Mosaics, paintings, graffiti, sculptures, installations, and other works of art cover around 90% of the metro.
  • Semlor or semla is the name of a traditional sweet roll in Sweden. Traditionally, people eat this dish during Lent, particularly on Shrove Tuesday. Around 20 million servings of "Semlor" are consumed annually by Swedes, who are huge fans of it.
  • In Sweden, the summer solstice ceremony known as "Midsummer" takes place in the middle of June. The time of year to dig up fresher, more delicious potatoes is here. Moreover, Swedes serve their cooked potatoes with butter and dill on this particular occasion.
  • Despite being a member of the European Union, the nation does not utilize the Euro as its official currency. In Sweden, the Swedish krona is still in use.
  • Sweden is known for having one of the highest coffee consumption rates in the world. Coffee breaks are known as "fika" in Sweden. Fika is a daily tradition followed in Sweden that combines coffee, cake, and friendly talk.
  • Smoking was outlawed in Swedish bars and eateries in 2005, and in 2019 it was also made illegal to use cigarettes or e-cigarettes in playgrounds, train stations, and outside areas of bars and restaurants.
  • The first and biggest hotel built entirely of ice and snow in the world, the Sweden-based Ice Hotel opened its doors in 1989. 200 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle, near the town of Jukkasjärvi, is where you may find it.
  • Sweden is mostly covered with trees, almost 70%. The options for outdoor pursuits including hiking, camping, and fishing are so abundant.
  • Swedish meatballs, one of the most well-known Swedish foods, are really Turkish in origin! King Charles XII, who had spent five years in exile in Turkey, brought the dish to Sweden. After returning home, he introduced the meatballs to the Swedish court since he had enjoyed them so much.
  • One of the most well-known bands in history, ABBA is still well-known today. When you go overseas, it's not unusual for people to bring up ABBA when they think of Sweden. When it comes to music, however, ABBA is not the only group to have achieved international success.
  • Yiddish is one of Sweden's minority languages because of the sizeable Jewish population there. Currently, there are about 25,000 Jews that are registered in Sweden.
  • A seasonal natural occurrence known as the "Midnight Sun" takes place throughout the summer. It implies that the sun was still visible at midnight. For a few days, experiencing the Midnight Sun in Sweden may be wonderful. Even however, those who reside in the Arctic Circle and endure it yearly may find it irksome.
  • The Three-Country Agreement or Treriksröset, the monument known as Cairn stands in the northernmost point of Sweden, where the international boundaries of Finland, Norway, and Sweden converge. It serves as an illustration of a tripoint, a type of geographical feature. It is the northernmost international tripoint in the entire world.
  • Exploring the woods to view the Northern Lights is among the top things to do in Kiruna. To go to the Aurora Sky Station and take your chances inside, you may either get there on foot while wearing snowshoes, in a sleigh drawn by reindeer, or by snowmobile.
  • Moose are abundant in Sweden, although contrary to popular belief, they do not freely traverse the country's forests. With a population of between 300,000 and 400,000, they would constitute one of the largest cities in the nation if they all congregated in one location.
  • Sweden is undoubtedly a heaven for nature lovers, and in addition to property that is owned by the state and privately, the country has over 29 national parks that showcase its extensive boreal forests, glaciers, and mountains. The most well-known national park, which is simple to get to and has amazing views and animals, is Abisko.
  • Among many other well-known companies, Sweden is home to Saab, Electrolux, IKEA, Ericsson, and Volvo. Among many other things, it is in charge of the cardiac pacemaker, ball bearings, and Tetra Pak.
  • The 'kraftskiva' festival, which is held in August, is another culinary tradition in Sweden that involves eating boiling crayfish served with boiled potatoes and dill and drinking plenty of schnapps.
  • The two most popular sports in Sweden are ice hockey and football (soccer), although handball, golf, gymnastics, athletics, and cross-country skiing are all quite popular.
  • Sweden shares land borders with Norway and Finland.

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