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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.
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Lets 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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Monday and time for #whatintheworldissweden and #swedishwordmonday and F as in föräldraledighet. Parental leave is a central part of Swedish family life. Sweden has one of the most generous parental leave systems in the world. Parental leave is paid for 480 days, shared between mother and father, and amounts to a large portion of your basic salary. 90 days are reserved for each parent while the remaining days can be shared at will. This is mainly to encourage equality and shared responsibility. Fathers are also entitled to 10 extra paid days of leave when the child is born. Gender equality is apparent in Sweden. This can be seen out on the streets, where both men and women hurry to and from work and go shopping. It can be seen in the many strollers being wheeled around by men, not just women. In Sweden household chores and caring for children are something that most families share.
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ts that day of the week we do #whatintheworldissweden and #swedishwordmonday. We have now reached G as in Glögg which is a sweet warm and spicy mulled wine, simmered with spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, orange zest and cloves. You’ll also find alcohol-free versions, made with juice or simply non-alcoholic wine. Glögg is normally served in small cups together with blanched almonds and raisins and best enjoyed together with gingersnaps and saffron buns. In Sweden this is a beverage consumed almost exclusively during the Christmas season and glöggfester (glögg parties) are very common in the month of December and the perfect potion for warming up body and spirit on a dark winter day. Many European countries have their own tasty versions of mulled wine, the Swedish take on this delicious drink tends to turn things up a notch with a splash of bourbon or vodka. A glögg fun fact The pronunciation of glögg sounds very much like the noise you make while gulping down a mug of the stuff at a cold Christmas market, but the origin of the word is not onomatopoeic. It actually comes from the Old Swedish word glödg, a noun made from the verb glödga. Delving back even further, glödga has its origins in the verb glöder (to glow), and literally meant something like ’to heat up until it glows’.
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So we have a new Monday and time for #whatintheworldissweden and #swedishwordmonday. Today we have reached H as in Hjortron – cloudberries. Cloudberries are a delicious amber colored berry that grows in the wild in northern Sweden. The berries are used to make different foods and beverages. Today, cloudberries are mostly made into jams, or used in tarts and deserts. Be prepared to pay a lot, prices for cloudberries surpass all other berries on the market since they are difficult to pick. They are only found in the wild and the best places to pick them is often a well kept secret. Raw cloudberries are rich in omega—3 fatty acids, vitamin C and antioxidants which has given them the name ”the healthy gold of the arctic”.
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It is Monday and it is time for #whatintheworldissweden and #swedishwordmonday Today we reached I as in ishotellet – The ICE HOTEL. It is located in Jukkasjärvi, about 200 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle. When it was first built 1989, it was the worlds first ice hotel completed. It is constructed entirely from natural ice from Torne river and contains hotel rooms, a bar and art exhibitions. Every spring the hotel and accompanying art exhibition melts back into the Torne River. The following winter a new hotel with all-new artwork is built up again. Artists come from all over the world to help fill the walls, floors and ceilings of the hotel with unique and ephemeral designs. As of 2016, guests will be able to take part of the experience year-round, as parts of the hotel will stay open, cooled with solar power from the midnight sun. Quite often, you will be able to catch the natural phenomena of northern lights. Staying here you will truly get a unique hotel experience.
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Equality is fundamental for Sweden. It is about everyone having the same rights, opportunities and obligations regardless of sexual orientation, gender, ethnic origin, religion, disability or age. Over the last decades, Sweden has taken important steps to ensure that LGBT people will enjoy the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. Gender-neutral wedding laws (2009), adoption rights (2003), insemination rights for lesbians (2005), anti-discrimination act for sexual orientation added to the Swedish constitution (2011) are some of the laws that have been passed. Sweden is also one of the world leaders in gender quality. Employers are bound by law to promote equality among their employees. To encourage equality and shared responsibility in a household, parents are entitled to 480 days of shared, paid parental leave to allow both parents to keep their jobs and also spend time to bond with their children.
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