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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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It´s another Monday and time for #whatintheworldissweden and #swedishwordmonday. We have now reached K as in Krona or Kronor in plural form and is the currency of Sweden. In English it is sometimes referred to as the Swedish Crown as crown means Krona in Swedish. Sweden is one of very few countries who despite being a member of the European Union that have not join the Eurozone and instead retained its national currency. Both the ISO code SEK and the currency sign Kr are both symbols and well known and used in different economic settings and currency markets. You find printed bank notes in values of 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 kr and the different bank notes carry images of several famous Swedish personalities. The coin is available in 1, 2, 5 and 10 kr.
Today Sweden is considered one of the most cashless society on the planet and there is no need to carry cash in your pocket. Today over 80 % of all retail transactions are made electronically. The goal is that Sweden will go completely cashless by march 2023, this means cash will no longer be accepted as a means of payment in Sweden and the economy will go 100% digital.
Bild: Fredrik Sandberg/TT
Today we have reached letter L as in Lagom Lagom is a uniquely Swedish term that doesn’t have an English equivalent. Lagom can be explained as enough, sufficient, moderate, balanced. It is means ”Not too much, Not too little, just right” There is a saying in Sweden -Lagom är bäst- The right amount is best or enough is good as a feast. This term not only has many applications but it represents the Swedish cultural and social ideals of equality and fairness. Lagom can be defines as a lifestyle that is all about balance, when to leave work (not too late or not too early) or how to decorate your home, how much food you put on your plate the weather and so on. It has origins in an old Viking phrase: laget om, or ’around the team’, for when a mug of mead was being passed around and there was just enough for everyone to get a sip – Lagom around the table.
Today it is the last Monday of 2019 and we have reached the letter M in our #swedishwordmonday and #whatintheworldissweden.
M is for Midnattssol which means midnight sun. The midnight sun is a natural phenomenon occurring in summer months at places north of the Arctic Circle and south of the Antarctic Circle where the sun remains visible during the local midnight. It occurs around the time of the summer solstice (which is June 21 in the north and December 21 in the south) and provided that the weather is clear, the sun is visible for the full 24 hours every day. In the area of the poles, the sun rises once and sets once each year. During the six months when the sun is above the horizon it spends the days moving in circles around the observer, gradually spiralling higher and reaching its highest circuit in the sky at the summer solstice. The number of days per year with potential midnight sun does increase the closer one is towards the (north or south) pole. The season with midnight light in Swedish Lapland is around 100 days long. This is a great time to visit Sweden, specially the northern parts. You can play golf in the middle of the night, take a swim when you feel like or enjoy a late dinner in the sun. The Swedish summer and the midnight sun is a magic experience and for those who have never experienced the midnight sun before and wonder how they’ll ever manage to sleep, better make sure to have a room with dark curtains.
Photo credit: Thomas Utsi/imagebank.sweden.se
A new week and time for a new word in our #whatintheworldissweden series. We have now reached N. N is for Nobelpriset which is the Nobel prize, the most prestigious prize in the world. The Nobel Prize is the legacy of Sweden’s Alfred Nobel (1833-1896) A chemist, engineer, inventor and entrepreneur. Dynamite was his most known invention. When Nobel died, he held 355 patents in different countries and had made a fortune. In his last will singed 1895, Nobel declared that he wanted the bulk of his assets (more then SEK 31 million) to go to a fund and that the interest from that fund should be distributed as annual prizes to brilliant minds around the world. Every year on December 10th, Nobel Day, The Nobel Prize Award Ceremony is held in the Stockholm Concert Hall, where the King of Sweden presents each laureate with a Nobel Prize medal and a Nobel Prize diploma. The Nobel Peace prize is awarded in Oslo Norway. The Nobel prize is currently SEK 9 million (around EUR 845,000) in each prize category. Prizes in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature and peace have been awarded since 1901, and economic sciences since 1968. Prize winning discoveries include X-rays, radioactivity and penicillin. Peace laureates include Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and the 14th Dalai Lama. Nobel laureates in literature include Doris Lessing and and Gabriel García Márquez. The total number of prize winners are 950 and out of those 54 have been women.
Image credit: Fredrik Sandberg/TT
We have a new week and a new Swedish word, we have reached P as in Pippi Långstrump. Have you ever heard of Pippi Longstocking as she is called in English? If not, we will tell you a little bit about this unique little girl. The novel about Pippi is written by Astrid Lindgren a famous Swedish children´s book writer. The books about Pippi are some of her most beloved and widespread stories. The first book about Pippi came out in 1945 and was followed with many more books and movies. The first English-language edition appeared in 1950 and today they are translated into more then 75 different languages.
The books are about the free spirited Pippi and the two more-conventional children next door, Tommy and Annika. Pippi is red haired, freckled, unconventional and superhumanly strong – able to lift her horse one-handed. She is playful and unpredictable. She often makes fun of unreasonable adults, especially if they are pompous and condescending. She wears mismatched socks and lives by herself in an old house, Villa Villekulla—together with her monkey, Mr. Nilsson, and her horse. Her mother died when she was a baby, and her father is lost at sea, but he left her with a suitcase full of gold coins, and she is cheerfully optimistic that he will return one day. Despite periodic attempts by village authorities to make her conform to cultural expectations of what a child’s life should be, Pippi happily lives free from social conventions.
Pippi can be seen around the world in tattoos, celebrity photographs, works of graffiti and on catwalks as a symbol of female strength, resilience, kindness, fairness and acceptance. Pippi have inspired astronauts and politicias to world famous artist like Madonna that once said “One of the things that helps me tell a story through music is to create a character. I have to have a muse, whether it’s Frida Kahlo, Martha Graham, Marlene Dietrich, or Pippi Longstocking”