7 Things You Didn’t Know About Sweden

By Abi King | North Europe

Jun 23

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7 Things You Didn’t Know About Sweden

Sweden. Somehow it’s somewhere I’ve only managed to visit in the cold. A little cold, in Malmo. And a lot cold in the Arctic Circle, slipping beneath reindeer skins and slipping hot lingonberry juice in the dazzling Ice Hotel where the rooms felt balmy at minus 15 when compared to the minus 40 outside.

Yet, of course, Sweden has sunshine. Dazzling, plentiful swashbuckling sunshine that lasts for days, without pause, come summer.

I had hoped to be travelling there myself this year. I may yet travel there still. And in the meantime, I gaze at the gorgeous work from Swedish local Lola Akinmade over at Geotraveler’s Niche.

But Friday marks the height of Swedish midsummer, when according to Visit Sweden, locals tuck into lashings of sill and potatis, as seen in the short film above.

Arctic Circle Husky

Sweden: not always cold

But in the meantime, here are 7 things you didn’t know about Sweden (unless you did):

1 – Grandmothers drink herbal schnapps to celebrate advent.

2 – Fika (pronounced fee-ka) is both a noun and a verb. And more excitingly, often comes with cake.

3 – Anders Celsius, Swedish astronomer extraordinaire, invented the centigrade system and the thermometer that made it work.

4 – In Skåne, they cook with lice blood. And it ends up tasting sweet. 

5 – The very first pacemaker operation took place in Stockholm.

6 – Sweden has the best ice sculptures and ice hotels of the many I’ve seen.

7 – Sweden is home to the original hipsters. Apparently ;-) Watch the video!

Making Candy Sveas

Lice blood: surprisingly tasty

Disclosure: This post aims to highlight just a few of the authentic cultural experiences available in Sweden and to celebrate the Swedish midsummer with Visit Sweden through sharing their video. It’s a sponsored post but, as always, as ever, I kept the right to write what I like. Because life is too short to do anything else! Enjoy :-)

 

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Abigail King is an award-winning writer and author who swapped a successful career as a hospital doctor for a life on the road. With over 60 countries under her belt, she's worked for Lonely Planet, the BBC, National Geographic Traveller and more. She is passionate about sustainable tourism and was invited to speak on the subject at the EU-China High Level summit at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.Here she writes about food, travel and history and she invites you to pull up a chair and relax. Let's travel more and think more. Welcome!

  • Sweden is such a beautiful place – I visited in September but I’d definitely love to explore it in the height of summer.

  • Kat says:

    I have been to Sweden 3 times now, at 3 different times of the year. We go to Karlskrona for my husbands work. But we have traveled all over the county. Stockholm, Goteborg, Boras, Malmo, Jonkoping, Kalmar, Ronneby, The Skane Coast. The first time was September to November. It started out mild, 55-60 degrees during the day. And by the time we left is was 45-55 degrees. The second time was in February-March. It was much colder then, 25-40 degrees. The last time, is right now. We got here at the end of May and we leave August 1st. The weather has been gorgeous. Toady 72 degrees, last weekend was 76 degrees. Most locals tell us it is not normal, too warm and not enough rainy days. We love Sweden, the people especially, so friendly. And Fika is wonderful!

    • Abi King says:

      Ah, what a lovely taste of the country: so many places and temperatures. I’m definitely keen to go back and see more. And, well, fika forever.

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