Fika, Volvo och Surströmming

Before I moved out to Sweden, of course, I heard about ABBA – a Swedish band playing pop music, and Stieg Larsson best known as the author of Millennium’s trilogy published after his death. If you are curious or plan to visit the land of Viking and legendary trolls, this article is perfect for you.

The Italians have their pasta ‘al dente’; the British have tea, the Spaniards can not stop eating their great ham and drink sangria, the French love their cheese. For the Swedes the most important thing is ‘fika’, a mandatory break for coffee and something sweet, it has the rank of God here. Sweden is a lovely land, called the kingdom of coffee. Coffee is her showcase, symbol and the most fabulous lifestyle. Coffee reigns in every Swedish home. Served in cafes, bars and restaurants seduce tourists with its captivating fragrance. When you wanna catch up with friends, you can do it by asking “Ska vi ta en Fika?”.

The Swedes drink 300 million litres of coffee in the bottle each year. An average of 3.2 cups of coffee per person per day.

Why this habit of drinking coffee is still going on; because of the weather. Season spring-summer, we have “white nights” here in Stockholm and autumn-winter “dark days”. Moreover, it sounds like a sentence torn from a sad song, by “dark days” I mean darkness literally. This photo I took on the 13th December at 13 p.m.

In Sweden, everything has its trace and order from queues to the bus to traffic lights. Rules and regulations are fundamental here, and safety is the most important. Maybe someone of you had the opportunity to drive a car around this country; then you know what I mean. Therefore, nobody will be surprised that in the ranking of the most popular things in Sweden, the second position is taken by Volvo right after coffee. The level of security offered by cars now has a significant impact on the Swedes’ decision to buy cars. The primary source of information is crash tests conducted by independent organisations.

Surströmming – Swedish delicacy from fermented Baltic herring. This heavenly food has been an element of traditional Swedish cuisine since the 16th century. Surströmming gained popularity over 400 years ago, and thanks to the taste and smell of fish it became an attractive delicacy for “brave” people over the world. However, it does not mean that in Sweden people eat this every morning with a happy face. They certainly do not do it like this:

YouTube: Edbuster

I hate to break it to you, but Swedes rarely eat Surströmming, and when they do, it´s sure not from a can like a caveman. They take wasabröd (google it) grease with butter, sprinkle with chopped onion, cucumber and finally they add a few small pieces of Surströmming. Smaklig måltid!

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