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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.
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!
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 :-)