Hello there, dear blogger world, this is a post from your fellow viking that will try to educate you about the country of Ikea and rotten fish. In the middle of putting together my IKEA furniture and combing my blond hair, I have been asked by Mr Mohamad to tell you a bit about my fantastic home country Sweden. First things first. Location:
Except for having a beautiful nature we are also one of the biggest exporters of music. You might have danced your way through the ABBA fever at some point in your life or maybe Swedish House Maffia. Or perhaps you shed a little tear while watching Pretty Woman for the 59th time to Roxettes “It must have been love..” And let’s not forget Ace of Base. Why are the Swedes so good at music? Perhaps because most of us speak English fluently from an early age. Maybe because we were all addicted to MTV at some point in our lives or because winters are so damn cold we have nothing else to do. But most probably it’s because our government has generously supported music in schools and other functions to encourage us all to keep diggin and dancin and singin.
Oh, why did this fashion die out? Please come back.
If you have seen the TV series “Vikings” you know that the history of Sweden is quiet violent. But if you are planning a trip to our northern parts of the world I can happily announce that we no longer sail around the world to fight and conquer. We come in peace and are one of few neutral countries in the world.
This is my daily viking outfit.
Do you like busy places and crowded cities? Then Sweden is not for you. The landmass of Sweden is about the same size as California but we are only 10 million people. This means that in certain parts of the country you can take a long walk without meeting a person. Great if you don’t like people. If you are slightly more social I would recommend the souther part of the country from our capital Stockholm and down.
On the south west part of the country where I am from you can see over to our fellow Scandinavians in Denmark. There is nothing like a warm (well…) summer night by the sea Öresund. At the most narrow point it’s only four kilometers (2,5 miles) in between the two countries. This makes it quiet interesting if you are one of the lucky people with you own boat. Öresund is actually one of the busiest waterways in the world. You better pay attention to your whereabouts if you sit in a little sail boat as you can suddenly meet a huge vessel on its way in to the Baltic Sea. I have myself used my fair share of swear words during a few of those incidents.
About the weather. Swedes love talking about the weather as we have brutal winters and summers … yeah the summers. They are short and sweet. In the north of Sweden we have midnight sun during the summer. That means that the sun doesn’t settle at any point of the day. Daylight is during May and June. That’s why a Swedish person is the best in the world at taking naps during the day. We just don’t have any issues to sleep during daylight. I just made that up actually. I’m a new mum and all I think about is sleep. Standing, sitting, singing…
Anyway, the winters are the opposite. Dark as a devils ass. That must be the reason why Sweden is among the countries that consumes the most coffee in the world. Apparently only Americans drinks more. They are also a tired bunch, I guess.
As negative as it might sound I would still recommend going up north for the winter. A visit to the worlds first Ice hotel should be on everyone’s bucket list. Yes, it’s cold and yes, you will question your sanity when you check in to your hotel room where even the bed is made out of ice, but it’s worth it. The snow makes the days lighter and the huskies are impatiently waiting for you to come and let them take you through the beautiful forest. They are so eager to run they even pee and poo while they are running. Quiet an accomplishment I must say. All of the dogs have grown up in families and are extremely friendly and cuddly. If it’s a clear night you might be lucky enough to see the aurora or the northern light.
Skype, Volvo, Spotify, dynamite.. are a few of the inventions from Sweden. When it comes to dynamite our own Alfred Nobel came up with that explosive stuff and we hand out all the nobel prizes every year to his legacy. All the Nobel prizes are being handed out in Sweden except for the peace price that is received in Norway.
Did I mention that Sweden is the best country in the world? Totally based on my own opinion but as I tell my husband every day,
Listen to me, I’m right!
This post was brought to you by the Swedish expat Miss A that lives the Middle East since six years and is currently calling Dubai her home away from home. You can find her blog here: https://hejhej.blog
45 thoughts on “Hej Hej Sweden!”
What a neat post! My great grandparents were from Sweden, (paternal side) and Norway, (maternal side). They all relocated to Minnesota in the late 1800’s. It was so good to read more about my ancestors and their homeland. And yes, I would be the one liking the less-congested end of Sweden! And…I can’t sleep with the lights on, or in the daylight…so something wrong there! lol
Thank you! That’s a very interesting history. Perhaps you have a little viking hidden inside of you. Get black curtains and you’ll be alright 🙂
Yes…I definitely have a bit of viking in my soul! When I was working the night shift, I did purchase some black-out curtains. They were a tremendous help!
Thank you very much Anna for sharing this about your country. The post is as wonderful as its writer. I’m glad to read such beautiful details about a beautiful country. Wish to make it to Sweden someday.
Thank you Mohamed and thanks for inviting me! I hope that you’ll get the chance to travel to Sweden as well. Bring your coat 🙂
Sure, I miss cold weather 🙂
I certainly know more about Sweden now. Do you enjoy your country? In the pictures you look happy.
I’m glad you enjoyed the reading! Yes Sweden is fantastic and I miss it a lot as I’m currently living in Dubai (which is fantastic as well).
So true :)) haha
🙂 This was very nice read! I’m swedish and I live in the capital of Sweden, Stockholm. And I can asure you all that putting together a furniture from IKEA IS a challenge. Have a nice 2018 all of you and best wishes from Stockholm, who currently offerssun and -3 degrees.
Thank you for your kind words! Ikea sure is testing anyone’s patience 😉
Yes indeed :-). Thank you for responding!
I love the idea of long walks and not meeting anyone else while at it 😁
It’s very relaxing 🙂