Sweden

Sweden is a Scandinavian nation with thousands of coastal islands and inland lakes, along with vast boreal forests and glaciated mountains. Stockholm is built on 14 islands.

Capital City

Stockholm

Currency

Swedish Krona

Total population:

10.35 million (2020)

Languages spoken:

Swedish

Cultural dos:

Do come financially prepared for your trip. Prices in Sweden for accommodation, food and drinks are quite high.

Cultural don’ts

Don’t pronounce the name of the furniture store the way it’s written. IKEA is pronounced ee-kay-uh, not eye-kee-yah.

Continent:

Europe

Top three foods the country is known for:

  • Kottbullar (meatballs),
  • Pickled Herring
  • Kalops (beef stew)

Bonus

  • Semla (sweet roll),
  • Smulpaj (fruit and berry crumble),
  • Liquorice

What the country is known for :

  • Ice Hotel, 
  • Vasa Museum, 
  • The Royal Palace, 
  • Music superstars (Abba, Avicci,  Swedish House Mafia), 
  • IKEA furniture stores, 
  • Spotify,  
  • Landscapes of mountains, waterbodies and forests.

More About Sweden

#SwedenGate is currently trending on social media (as at June 2022) after the rest of the world discovered that Swedes do not offer/give their guests or children visiting any food. Shock! Horror! Gasp! The culture is rooted in not wanting to upset the other person’s meal plans, especially if it involves a child. Meal times are a time for family and the reasoning is that if you feed a guest, it will disrupt the family time for the other person. This was a topic of serious debate on the internet as some could not fathom having guests over, especially children, and not offer them any food. The silver lining is that you are now prepared and will not find this cultural practice weird when you visit.

English

Swedish

Hello

Halla

Goodbye

Adjo

Please

Snalla du

Thank you

Tack

How much?

Hur mycket?

Do you speak English?

Pratar du Engelska?

Where is the toilet?

Vart finns toaletten?

May I please have some water?

Kan jag snalla fa lite vatten?

I would like some food please

Jag skulle vilja ha lite mat tack

Where can I get a taxi?

Var kan jag fa en taxi?

Places visited

Destination Gallery

NEWS & UPDATES

Travel Blog

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