We would Love to share facts about Sweden 🇸🇪 Today it is time for #whatintheworldissweden and #swedishwordmonday. The Swedish alphabet consists of 29 letters A-Ö, and we have selected one word for each letter that somehow represents Sweden and Swedes, to better understand what life is like in Sweden. Come join us and learn more about our homeland Sweden.Thank you Swea Boston for the inspiration.Du kan också hitta den på InstagramLets start with A as in Allemansrätten -The Freedom to Roam.
Sweden’s right of public access is called ‘allemansrätten’, which gives everyone the right to enjoy Sweden’s outdoors, including the right to pick mushrooms, herbs and berries. The right also brings responsibilities – to treat flora and fauna and other people’s property with care. It can be summed up in the phrase ‘don’t disturb, don’t destroy’. – Credits Johan Willner/imagebank.sweden.se
Its time for #whatintheworldissweden and #swedishwordmonday and B as in Blåbär – One of Swedens most common forest berries.
Swedish blueberries are actually a different species to the blueberries found in North America. In fact, the correct English name for the Swedish blueberry is bilberry, although everyone tends to just call them blueberries. Swedish blueberries grow wild and are easily found in the forest. They cover almost 17% of Swedens surface and are normally ready to pick in the end of july.
Swedish blueberries are more beneficial to health than North American once, containing higher amounts of vitamin C and vitamin D. They contain a hight source of antioxidants, good for maintaining a good eye health. They are also said to contain up to four times more anthocyanin, which is the substance that has been found to prevent cancer, diabetes and inflammation, and slow the signs of aging.
Swedish blueberries are sweet and savory, soft and very juicy. The berries pulp is red or purple and the coloring of the berry is very strong and stains everything it comes in contact with. It´s a very versatile berry that can be used to make pie, jam, marmalade, wine, soup or eaten as they are, maybe with sugar and milk.
#Afunfact Humongous quantities of warm blueberry soup are consumed in one day when served along the track as an energy drink to the participants inVasaloppet, the world’s longest cross country ski race (90 km~56 miles). The race usually attracts about 16,000 contestants every year. Many skiers, especially the not-so-good skiers who often stop for a drink, reach the finish line with a purple chest. (That’s the reason why a beginner is called “ett blåbär” in Swedish.) Credits: Moa Karlberg/imagebank.sweden.se
Its Monday and time for #whatintheworldissweden and #swedishwordmonday. C is for Campa. To go Camping is a great way to explore the countryside and spending time in nature is an essential part of the Swedish lifestyle. Sweden is a country made for outdoor adventures, with an extensive and varied coastline, it has one of Europe’s last remaining wilderness and a large number of national parks and trails. Sweden’s open space remains essentially untouched and as long as you cause no harm or disturbance, you are free to set up camp virtually anywhere you want, thanks to the Swedish Freedom to Roam.
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Monday again and #whatintheworldissweden and #swedishwordmonday. D for Dalahäst, a very popular Swedish souvenir. The Dala horse is the most bought Swedish souvenir. It is a stylized wooden horse most commonly found in red with a typical folk art decoration called kurbits. The Dala horse has been made since the 1600’s in Dalarna and is still today mainly manufactured in a village called Nunäs outside of Mora in Dalarna. In the old days the Dala horse was mostly used as a toy for children; in modern times it has become a symbol of Dalarna as well as Sweden in general. #swedishfunfacts The worlds largest concrete Dalahorse is found in Avesta, Sweden and is 13 m high and weigh almost 68 tons.The worlds largest Dala Horse mural, painted 2019, is found on a wall in Manhattan New York, painted by Shai Dahan.
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Its time for #whatintheworldissweden and #swedishwoordmondayand letter E as in Elbil, Electric cars are on the rise in Sweden, in 2017 Sweden ranked second after Norway in Europe on the number of new electric and hybrid electric cars sold. That number is growing rapidly, in parts thanks to encouragement and initiatives from the government, and in part thanks to the environmental consciousness of regular Swedes. Sweden has a goal of achieving a completely fossil fuel free fleet by 2030 and in order to achieve this, it has started trialling a series of projects to develop and test technologies that will enable the country to completely convert to electrical vehicles. Today the world’s first E-road, about 2 km long (1.2 miles)has opened on a public road outside Stockholm. It recharges the batteries of cars and trucks driving on it.
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It is time for #whatintheworldissweden and time for V as in Vattenkraft meaning water power or hydropower.
It is power derived from the energy of falling water or fast running water, which may be harnessed for useful purposes.
Since ancient times, hydropower from many kinds of watermills has been used as a renewable energy source for irrigation and operation of various mechanical devices, such as grist mills, saw mills, textile mills, dock cranes and ore mills.
In the late 19th century, hydropower became a source for generating electricity. Some consider hydropower as a means for economic development without adding carbon to the atmosphere. However dams can have significant negative social and environmental impacts.
Almost half of the electricity production in Sweden is supplied by hydropower. The rivers producing most power are Luleälv and Indalsälven.
The largest Swedish hydropower plant are in Norrland, the northernmost region of the nation. These important rivers are protected by the from further development.
Image credit Niclas Albinsson/Folio/imagebank.sweden.se
Its time for #whatintheworldissweden. We have now reached W for the Swedish Warship Vasa or Wasa, that was built between 1626 to 1628.
During her maiden voyage, after only a few min and 1300 m out from the harbor in Stockholm she sank to the bottom. 333 years later, 1961, she was rediscovered and salvaged with a largely intact hull.
Thousands of artifacts and the remains of at least 15 people were found in and around Vasas hull by marine archaeologist. Among the many items found were clothing, weapons, cannons, tools, coins, cutlery, food, drinks and six of the ten sails. The artifacts and the ship herself have provided scholars with invaluable insights into details of naval warfare, shipbuilding techniques and everyday life in early 17th-century Sweden.
After being discovered she was housed in a temporary museum called Wasavarvet until 1988 and then moved permanently to the Vasa Museum in Djurgården, Stockholm.
The ship is one of Sweden’s most popular tourist attractions and has been seen by over 35 million visitors since 1961. Since her recovery, Vasa has become a widely recognised symbol of the Swedish “great power period”.
To learn more about the warship Vasa please visit vasamuseet.se.
Image credits to: Ola Ericson/imagebank.sweden.se
We have a new week and it is time to learn a little bit more about Sweden. We have now reached the letter X as in X2000. X2000 is Swedens first high speed tilting train also called X2, operated by SJ (government-owned passenger train operator) in Sweden.
It was introduced in in the market 1990 as a first class train only and 1995 second class tickets was introduced. Today it is Swedens most popular train. It runs between the major Swedish cities of Göteborg, Malmö and Stockholm. X2000-trains also run to Copenhagen i Denmark and Oslo in Norway.
In comparison to other high-speed trains, the X2000 is not particularly fast, it can reach a max speed of 200 km/h, but compared to regular train services, it cuts the journey time by about 10% which is enough to make it competitive with airlines on many routes.
During this year, 2020, SJ will launch an upgraded and fully modernised version of this train model.
It is a new week and we have now reached Y in #whatintheworldissweden and Y is for Yttrandefrihet- Freedom of Expression.
Freedom to express oneself in speech and writing is an important democratic right in Sweden. In Sweden, this freedom stems from the world’s first constitutionally protected freedom of the press legislation, the Swedish Freedom of the Press Act of 1766
In Sweden, you have the right to have an opinion on anything and say almost anything you want. You have the right to express yourself freely on the radio, TV and the Internet. The Fundamental Law on Freedom of Expression sets out these rights. It also describes what is not permitted, for example defaming or publicly insulting another person.
The Law has been extended alongside the development of new media. Examples of possible offences against the Fundamental Law on Freedom of Expression include films with elements of sexual violence or threats to the security of the country or society through the publication of something involving treason or espionage.
Image credit Janeric Henricsson/TT
We have reached Z in the Swedish alphabet in #whatintheworldissweden. Z is for Zlatan Ibrahimovic- Swedish professional fotballplayer who plays as a striker for A.C. Milan. He is considered one of the best strikers all time and is one of the most decorated active footballers in the world, having won 31 trophies in his career and has scored over 540 career goals.
Zlatan was born in Malmö in southern Sweden 1981 to a Bosnian Father who emigrated to Sweden 1977 and a Croatian Mother. He started playing football as a young boy and began his career in the local football club Malmö FF in 1999, only two year later he signed for Ajax. Since then Zlatan have been playing in many big famous fotboll clubs as a top scoring striker he have also been the captain of Swedens national football team and played in many world cups and championships.
In 2011 his autobiography “I am Zlatan” was released and is about his life and career.
#funfacts Zlatan is such a national hero in Sweden that his name has been added to the Swedish Dictionary as a verb! And the term ‘To Zlatan’ means to dominate or do something with extreme talent
We have a new week and we have now reached Å as in Återvinning. In English that is recycling. Waste management and recycling is a big part of the Swedish identity. The Swedish community is well educated in sorting garbage for recycling and the government has strong strategy for its collection and re-use to supply energy. Swedes commonly separate all rubbish in their homes and deposit it in separate containers according to type, such as metal, glass, plastic or food. In Sweden there is also recycling premium on almost all plastic bottles and cans which is refunded once returned to the store.
If you include burning waste to turn it into energy, more than 99 per cent of all household waste is recycled in one way or another. Only 1% of Swedens household waste is sent to landfills. This means the country is by far the best in the world when it comes to recycling and reusing waste, and have made great progress in its ‘recycling revolution’ over the past two decades. In fact, Sweden has gotten so good at waste management that other countries actually pay Sweden to take care of their trash and Sweden turn the trash into energy.
It is a new week and we have now reached Ä in our #whatintheworldissweden. Ä is for Älg which means moose. The moose is common all over Sweden, except for on Gotland. It is the largest deer animal in the world, 2 metres in height and weighing up to 400-500 kilograms
Sweden has a very large population with about 350,000 moose, that makes Sweden the country with the highest density in the world. There are good chances of getting to see moose in the wild, and there are both guided tours and special Moose parks for visitors interested in meeting the King of the Forest. The fact that the moose is very common and also a very large animal is also a great security problem on the Swedish roads. Warning signs are put up along extra frequent crossovers and, fences protect the main highways #swea #sweakl #sweainternational #sweaasien #sweavärlden #sweaglobal #visweorikl #learnaboutsweden #sharingsweden #moose
We have a new week and we have now reached the last letter in the Swedish alphabet, Ö which is island in English. From the far north in Swedish Lapland, wrapping around the coastline of the deep south, before stretching up the west coast, there are thousands of islands where you can get a taste of island life. In fact there are in total more then 221 000 islands in Sweden if you include all of the little rocky outcrops and sandy atolls. About 1000 of the total islands are inhabitat. No other country in the whole world have this many islands. Only the Stockholm archipelago consists of nearly 30 000 islands and parts of it are easily accessible through public transport. Well worth visiting if you are in Stockholm. image credit Per Pixel Petersson imagebank Sweden