Prejudice agaisnt Swedish

Good day :). Here I'm back in the southern part of Sweden, has a spring now this coming week so I'm visting my hometown. Usually here's a lot warmer then in the middle and northern parts of Sweden but this winter heres actually some snow! But that's not what this contribution is about, today I'm thought I write some of the predjudice against Swedish and tell you whats true and false.

Everybody loves sport
No, no, no! But like most of the people around the world we don't like sitting still. So we do things. Some learn how to paly the guitarr, some practice sports and some just work to much.

They have lots of strange animlas over there
Depends on how you see it. If you from Asia of course our animals look strange. But your animls look strange to us. It's depends on were you from. But we DON'T live among ice bears, for the sake of love they live on antarctic.
They are very rich
Yes and no. Some are, some aren't. We live in a good country, with a nice gouverment, sometimes to nice if you ask me. They provide benefit to them how need some helps. But it's not like everybody lives in luxury. Sweden is often called "landet lagom" which means "country not to much, not to littel, not rich, but not etc."

They are very goodlooking
Of course we're! So much prettier then any nationality! I have nothing to say to this one...

Most people are blond
And every one has blue eyes and every girl has big breast. Sorry guys, but no. And the girls not easy to get in bed in either (with also is a very common prejudice). We have brown hair, red hair, blonde hair, black hair, green hair, blur eyes, grey eyes, small breast etc. Hope you get the picture...

The sun always goes down very early
Again NO! On the winter season, we don't have so much sun (and yes it's depressing), but in the summer the sun is up a lot more. A lot!

We get messy when we're drunk
Yeah... Most Swedish actually do. Kind of sad that they can't handle themself when they drunk.

Swedish people are very reserved
This one also true. We have an attitude of "what's personal is personal and I have nothing to do with it". And we're shy, very shy. But we don't mean anything wrong, most people has just been learned that you don't ask about personal things.

OS Vancouver

Good morning :). This morning Sweden lost in the icehockey quarterfinal against Slovakien, 4-3. The first time in eight years Sweden have missed an OS semifinal in icehockey. It's sucks, they should have won that match!

Swedish musicians

Good day :) Thought it was time for some more swedish music and musicians, have already write about ABBA and Melodifestivalen so check the archives if your interested. I'm not a very big fan of new Swedish music, but this two I'm gonna write about, Robyn and Roxette, has been a big favourte since I was little. Maybe a bit old nowadas but they're very good at what they doing. An new singer that I like, Melissa Horn, even sings on swedish and usually I dosn't like songs with swedish text.

Listen to this track by Melissa Horn, you don't understand the lyrics. But their beautiful.

Lets continue to Robyn. Robyn is a big musician in both USA and England. She got her breakthrough in Sweden with the song "Do you really want me". A song I still remember I loved, some years later toughsince I was four when it was released 1995. But 1997 it was released in USA and it became a big hit. After this she have made four albums (seven if you count that some of the albums have been made in diffrent versions). Nowadays she has among other things been priorband to Madonna, started an record company that only release her own music, contribute in Snoop Dogs singel "Sexual eruption" and been on Late Show with David Letterman. She's really good at was she's doing and this girl can sing.

Search on youtube to listen to her, she has requested that you shoukdn't but her songs on your blog.

Roxette is another Swedish group that are world famoused. They had their time on the 90's, like I said I'm not a very big fan of new Swedish music... The group endure by Per Gessle (that are a big solo singer to) and Marie Fredriksson. They have sold 50 miljon albums (!) and twenty miljon singels, and released 15 albums. One of their song, "It Must Have Been Love" is in the famous movie "Pretty women". Nowadays their back on tour and in Sweden their playing 14th of August 2010 for the first time in nine years. Maybe their songs still so good because of the memories from my childhood. I remember we always listend to them when my family were on car vacation...

It's they same thing with Roxette as with Robyn, search on youtube.

Astrid Lindgren and Selma Lagerlöf

One of the worlds best author are from Sweden and one of Sweden's biggest female role model were a fantastic author. I'm taking about two amazing women, Astrid Lindgren and Selma Lagerlöf.

Astrid Lindgren was born 14th of November 1907. She have written many children-books, translate into 88 language and several has been film adaptationed. Some of her most famous books are Pippi Långstrump, Mio min Mio and Bröderna Lejonhjärta. She was involved in children- and animal-rights and on the day she turned eight the present prime minister gave her an animal protection law, named "Lex Lindgren". I love her books, even today I can take one of her children books and read or watch one of the movies. Her messages in the books are beautiful and I liked to think I adapt them to my life. I recommend you to read everyone of them! Maybe to hard, my favourites are Bröderna Lejonhjärta, Mio min Mio and Ronja Rövardotter. Astrid Lindgren died 28th of January 2002.


Selma Lagerlöf is one of the biggest Swedish female role-model, at least in my opinion. She was born the 20th of November 1858. She was an teacher and an author. Her most famous book are "Nils Holgerssons underbara resa genom Sverige". Which she write as an textbook in geography. She was the first women to win the Nobel Prize and her face are on our 20 crown bank-note. She is an respectful with I admire a lot.

OS Vancouver

Just gotta tell you (consindering my contribution yesterday) that Sweden this morning won (3-0)over Finland in OS icehockey. Which mean we go directly to quarter finals, were we probably meet Slovakien :).

Henrik Lunqvist after the gold in OS Turin.

Football, ice hockey and equestrian sport

What to Swedish do to stay in fit after all this bakery, food and alcohol?

The biggest sport in Sweden are football. English football, no American. We're no good at it (apart from Zlatan Ibrahimovic)... Actually we kind of useless at it, still everyone plays it (expect me how see no point in running after a ball if you can't fight?!). But it's funny to gather your friends, drink some beer, eat some chips and watch football. Why? Cause it's such a great atmosphere and if you're lucky there are someone else who doesn't like the watching part.

Another big sport in Sweden are equestrian sport, which I practice. There are many different concentrations, the most common ones are horse jumping and dressage. We have some good Swedish riders, Peter Eriksson, Rolf-Göran Bengtsson, Malin Bayard and Minna Telde to mention some.

Me and my horse, riding is so much more then competition. But I guess all sports are.

Ice-hockey is also a big sport, specialy when an international competiton is going on. And were good at it, actually often in the top three. So we bring out the beer again, call our friends and watch hockey. And this is actually fun to watch, mostly because their allowed to fight...

Our swedish team "tre kronor"

Drugs in Sweden

Unfortunately, there are a lot of drugs and a big drug market in Sweden.

The law in Sweden forbide all drugs, from hasch and heroin to new one as tramadon. Some drugs are used medical, but there are a big black market, specialy in the south Sweden. There it's close to both Amsterdam and Copenhagen, and todays free boundary has made it easy to smuggle.

I've come from Malmö, the third biggest city in Sweden. The city is in the southern parts, 20 minutes away from Denmark. I know there are a big market of drugs there and it's not hard for a ten-twelve years old child to get a hold of it. It's a pity for it shouldn't be that way. Still the gouvernment are trying, maybe not hard enough, to reduce it.

So were is the problem? From my own experience it's mostly people that don't have anything to do on there sparetime that starts with drugs and then get stuck. And theres the attitude that drugs are cool. It's hard to oppose a "fashion".

It isn't so that every kid takes heavy drugs like cocaine or heroin. It's more common with hasch, even here it's an attitude that hasch isn't anything bad. It hasn't killed anyone, has it? Well I hope kids relase the danger in drugs, and grown-ups to for that matter. Because it isn't cool and it has harm a lot of people.


To food you need alcohol. Every country have their "own" alcohol but Sweden don't. As with everything else nothing is typical swedish. Still there are a few sorts of alcohol that are drinked more often then others. Before I tell you about those I have to tell you that Alfie has made the first comment on this blog :).

I've told you about midsummer, christmas and other traditions. To every tradition that means food you need snaps and drinking songs. That's swedish. Does it taste good? No, but that's not the point. You get drunk without drinking a disgusting drink in three hours. Typical swedish not wasting any time on getting drunk or pretend that something's better then it's. For the enjoying part we drink beer. A lot of it. It's good and relaxing.
In Sweden we have one company and one company only that are allowed to sell drinks containing more then 3.5% alcohol. And you have to be 20. Still you get to drink alcohol on the pub's when your 18. This because it's dangerous to drink at home when your 18, but on the pub's there are guards how look after you. Then when your 20 you responsible enough to drink at home. According to the swedish government. Still the criminal has been affected by alcohol in almost every reported violence crime.
So don't forget to drink beer and snaps when you visit Sweden :).

Meatballs, potatoes and sauce

Swedish don't have any national dishes. But we have one meal that includes all of our specialties.

One part of it is the meatball. The good meatball. Made of meat (dah?!), onion, egg, milk and some spices. The home made are the best one, the one mother does is the greatest.
To the meatball you should have potato or potato mash. Home made potato mash is the favourite. Again mother's is the best.
To this you need sauce. Actually swedish want's sauce to everything me eat. Ketchup do not count as sauce. Without sauce nothing is good. The sauce makes everything just a little bit better.
And thats the meal and the only specialties we have (apart from some disgusting things that I won't even mention), add some sour pickled gherkin and lingonberry preserve and it's perfect. Good, easy to do. Have some beer and enjoy!
Didn't find any picture that looked nice, so you'll have to survive a picture less contribution :(.

Cream bun and cinnamon bun

Hi :). I thought we start this food week with a contribution about two bakery that are very common in Sweden. The cream bun and the cinnamon bun. Both has a special day in Sweden and today is the cream buns day or as is called in Sweden "semla" (but it has many other namnes to).

Semlan is a wheat bun with cardamom. In the bun there are cream and marzipan, really dealicous. Semlan is an old bakery and from the beginning you ate it before the fast. That's why the "Fettisdagen" is in this time of the year. Some people eat it with milk, since that was how you ate it in the old days. How it looks and what it's called depends on were in Sweden you're. But must comon is that it looks just like the one in picture above.

The other bakery that has it's on special day is the cinnamon bun, or as is name in Sweden "kanelbulle". This bakery is also a wheat bun, but not in a bun form. In the between the "layers"you have cinnamon and sugar. Today it's popular to trade out the cinnamon to vanilia. I have no idea why it's so popular here or were it's actually from. Try google it ;).

Christmas and easter

So I thought you might wanna to know how we celebrate christmas and easter. I'm not gonna take the backgound, but they're a christian tradition from the start.

Christman for Swedish is often just a way of metting the family, eating good and get presents. We celebrate the 24th of December. This because of in former times Swedish celebrated the midwinter condition round this date and the christians couldn't really change the traditions. I think it's a wonderful tradition, meeting all relatives, having holiday and just relax.

The eastern is a holiday for welcoming the spring and to get a lot candy. And still eating good food. I think is a nice traditions cause now you know that the summer spring coming soon, it's getting warmer and you get happy by it.

Well I don't want to tell ypu more about thoose traditions because I think you should experience them ourself. Every family has their own traditions :).

Tourist places

There are some places you can visit when you're in Sweden. This places I also want to see or have already seen.

First of all I think you just have to visit Stockholm. It's a beautiful capital were you can just relax and take it easy. If you getting boered of that you're still in a big city with all the actions that comes along.

Then we have Liseberg. An amusment park in Gothenborg (Sweden second placed large city). This park is so beautiful at christmas time and it's so really funny in the summer. It's a perfect place to bring the hole family.

Another place thats also beautiful both on the summer and the winter is Åre. On the winter is a paradise for skiing (if you don't compare it to the Alps, cause nothing beats that). They have nice pistes and a gosy enivronment. On the summer is as beautiful a mountains are at this time. You can hike, camp or maybe climb. It has a relaxing effect on you.

The last place that I think is a tourist place is Ishotellet. Which is a place I havn't been to, but hopefullt one day I will. Ishotellet lays in the nouthern parts of Sweden and it's made of ice. Everything is made of ice. If you're luck maybe you can see the northern lights, thats one of my oldest dreams.

Of course there are many other stuff you can visit, if you like to camp we have some beautiful lakes and woods. The coasts are beautiful, both east, south and west. We have the two other big cities, Gothenborg and Malmö, that both has their special personality.

Schlager and ABBA

Let's continue with the traditions :). I thought you might wanted to knoe something about a big contest in Sweden...

I guess you all have heard of ABBA. I'm not gonna talk so much about thme, since most people know more about them then a Swedish do. Anyway they had their big break-throw in 1973, internationall on Eurovision Song Contest and national on Melodifestivalen (they won with the song Waterloo). And they created a new genre, sclager.

Schlager for young Swedish is a genre, evidently it mean a hit song to old people but I refuse to translate it in to that. Schlager are those typical songs your expecting to sing on Eurovision Song Contest. In style with old popsongs.

So every year Sweden has a contest, Melodifestivalen, to vote on their favourite contribution and the one that wins represent Sweden in Eurovision Song Contest. It's a tradition to watch on every contribution with our family. I don't think there are many Swedish that hasn't watched one singel Melodifestivalen episode.

Now a days Melodifestivalen is divide in to several "mini-contest". From every "mini-contest" two winner goes on to the final. The winner of the final is the contribution how wins and get's to performe in Eurovision Song Contest. I don't like this new way, has been like this since 2002, and I usaully just watch the final.

ABBA on 1970's

I just had to lay up this picture haha, anyway now I'm off to England. Have a good evening :) 

A few words...

You know there are a few word in swedish that dosen't exist in english? So I thought I would explain those words and tell you something about how we celebrate our national day :).

I've already told one reason why the 6th of June is our national day. Of course there are more then one reason. The 6th of June is the date when the constitution that describes how our democracy should work was accepted. Until the year 2005 the national day only was a flagday. There have been some critic to the fact that when the natinal day became a holiday another holiday disapperad and that made some people angry.

Now the swedish national day isn't celebrated in any bigger scale. Most people dosen't even know why we celebrate it the 6th of June. Some people think is a bad date, cause Gustav Vasa (he's the historic reason) wasn't king over Sweden as it looks today. I don't celebrate it, but I think it should be a holiday since it's a way of show that you like your country.

Some words tha dosen't exist in english are:
Lagom: Not too much or to little. You can translate it to english depending in with pupose it's in.
Saft: A drink that contains water, suger and some kind of flavour
Jo: You can use it to answer your on question or to say against a negative answer.
Then we have all these compoud words, since swedish are a compound language. But they can be transleted with two or more words.

What I think is the funny part is hat yu can make you own words. Just put one word together with another. That's cool!


Let's start talk some traditions :). I thought it would be best to kick this of with a wierd one, Midsummer. Or as it name here Midsommar (means exactly the same thing).

So what is Midsummer? Well today, in modern time, you eat potatoes, smoked salamon, egg, herring and other midsummer dishes :). To that you drink snaps and after you eat strawberries. Of course variation occurs. Some dance around the midsummer pole (see picture) to a few very diffrent and funny songs. To amke and dress this pole is for some half the day. Under the day you should had gather seven diffrent kinds of flower to put under your pillow at night. If you do this you're goning to dream about the one you getting married to, (you should to a few more things, but I usally just picking my flowers).

Midsummer is a day of overnatural thinking. Their one story about Näcken, an old Swedish myth. This man plays the violin to entice people to swin and than he do so they drown. On midsummer day, you should take extra caution to this...

Midsummer is an old heathen tradition, the christian of course made it christian. Just like everything else. Any way you actually celebrate the sumemr height of the sun, the longest day of the year. Other then that we don't really no more about how the heathens celebrated this day.

Their have been some fights between the heathen way and the christian way. You see midsummer is also the holy Johannes (something something, I'm not very religous) birthday, 24/6. So in the old times midsumemr day always was on 24/6, today it's on a Saturday between the 20/6-26/6.

The Sweden school-system

So another day, another contribution :). And as an answer to Wanda's request today I'm writing about the Sweden school-system. The school-system is divided in to five diffrent stages, so we start from the youngest and goes upward. All education in Sweden a free or at least can be free if you don't choose anything special.

Lågstadiet och mellanstadiet
Lågstadiet:Class 0-3, you start in class 1 when you're seven (if you born early on the year or want to start earlier, you can start when you're six). Often you start in class 0 when you're six (same thing here, you can start when you're five). You learn the alaphabeth, how to read and write. The begining of matematichs also start here and in class 3 you start to read english a little bit. The mellanstadiet is the same thing, a little bit deeper. In some parts of Sweden you switch school or teacher when you start mellanstadiet.

Class 7-9, the start of the serious school. From class 8 you get grades and now you start to have lessons were you have diffrent teacher in the diffrent subject. This is for many the hard part in school, some just not mature enough. Many also tierd of school. This is the last stages that's compulsory but almost evrybody goes to gymansium to.

Class 1-3 (again, can be a bit confusing sometimes). Now you choose direction of your education, for example science, mechanic or hairdresser. This education is not compulsory but still the state have to pay for it.

This education has a dirction towards a job. If you wan't to be a doctor for example you have to study at the university. Some works don't need a university exam, some do. You're at least over 18 when you start here.

Like I said allmost all education is free, but some courses may cost or if you want to read a course again to get a better grade. I think the Sweden school-system is good. Not perfect, but nothing is. Some changing maybe coming soon, there talking about grades from earlier classes and make some education privat, not state owned.

Sorry for a boring contribution, not really my favourite subject to talk about. But I hope you got something good out of it.  

Politic and economy

Another great Monday :), great because I start school 12.00 and that's awsome :). I thought I should write a bit about the swedish politic and how our economy look for the moment. Won't be as boring as it sounds. Promise! Tomorrow I'm planing to write something about how the swedish school-system works. A request from Wanda :).

First we have our parlament, riksdagen, where all party (that got more then 4% in the election) are making decisions. Then we have the government, regeringen, that won the election and they do a lot of things but above all they carry out the decisions from riksdagen.

Right now we have many parties that cooperat in regeringen, so called Alliansen (the four parties to the right). But in September we're having a new election and right now it looks like the Oppostionen (the three parties to the left) are goning to win. But with politic you never know.

Just like many other countries Sweden is in a recession. With a high level of unemployment it's hard for young and middle-aged to make it go around. Hopefully it's going the right way!

The Royal Family

Sweden has been a monarchy for over thousand year. Bernadotte is the family that inherit the throne. They have no political influence, they shall just represent Sweden and they some other royal duties. Our present king is Carl XVI Gustav.

Prince Cael Philip, princess Madeleine, king Carl XVI Gustav, queen Siliva and crownprincess Victoria

Their are two weddings coming up, both princess getting married. The biggest is crownprincess Victora and Daniel Westling since Victoria is inhering the throne sometime in the futher. In Stockholm they going to have a "Love Stockholm 2010", wich starts two weeks before the wedding.

The wedding of Madeleine and Jonas Bergström isn't talked about that much, their wedding day is after Victoria and Daniel. But they are so cute I have to lay up a picture of them.


And as usually a funny story, it's about another king that lived for a hundred years ago, when the father of Carl XVI Gustav's grandfather was king or something like that. Well, I come from the southern parts of Sweden and this part was were popular to hunt on. So the king used to come to hunt and sleep with some maid.

Maybe thats why my sister is so very like crownprincess Victoria?

Not the best picture... found out I don't have any pictures of my sister. Hope you can see the likeness anyway.

Saab vs. Volvo

Sweden has two car producers, Saab and Volvo. For as long as every Swedish remember their have been a war... Wich one is better then the other?

Everyone driving a Saab is gay, according to the Volvo owners... Everyone driving a Volvo is a poor farmer, according to the Saab owners...

It's going good for Volvo, still selling a few cars and making updates. Saab strukling for survival, now they have a new owner so hopefully they don't go bankruptcy. And they have some awsome cars coming...

Both have power, both have style, both have comfort, but they ain't got any class. So skipp Sweden cars, go Germany, go BMW...

The Vikings and Gustav Vasa

Let's continue from geography to some history. We Swedish don't really have history that we care about or talk about that much. But there is a few things we're really proud over.

First of is the vikings. The vikings lived in Scandinavia under the Iron Age. They were pirates, tradesmen and devoloped awsome boats. They simple took what they wanted while their wifes were home, taking care of the house. Around the world a rumor spread about the great and terribale warriors from Scandinavia.

Well, then why are this hideous people a Swedish proud? You see, the vikings are the only thing we have in the history. We haven't been in any wars (well, a few maybe, but just with the other Scandinavan countries) and we haven't been a big or powerful country. But everybody knows about the vikings.

Beside's that every swedish man want's to like a viking. Well-trained, drinking beer, taking good care of his wife and just doing manjobs. I personally don't think they succied...

A modern viking, today it's a sport/game to dress and act like the vikings

So, we have one more thing left, Gustav Vasa. This man is THE MAN. Nobody mess with his name. Who is this guy? Gustav Vasa became king the 6th of june 1523 after a revolt against Kalmarunionen. This date is Swedens national day. Gustav was the first one to introduce inheritance monarchy and that is seen like the foundation of the modern nationalstate Sweden. So he became Father of the Land.

Actually he was more of a political genius combinated with ruthlessness and brutal methodes.


Hi! Let's have some fun gepgraphy :).

Sweden is in Europe, I hope you already know that, and it's a oblong land from south to north. In north there is a lot of snow and woods, but if you like big cities you should go south. Here you got more people living, more fields and a warmer climate.

We have a beautiful coasts in both west and east. The east coast have brackish water, it's mixed with lake water. On the west side their more seawater. Both extremly wonderful in summertime. In the south their is also a beautiful coast and often tourits bicycles here on their vacation.

On the winter we have some beautiful skiresorts. The biggest is Åre and Sälen. I'm spoild with the Alps and swedish mountain is nothing compare to that. But they're alright. Not the biggest but still great slops and a cosy enviroment.


To my blog about Sweden. Here you can under four weeks read about swedish christmas and easter, about our national dishes, Midsummer Day, politic, our royalfamily and other interesting things from my home country.

I'm going to lay up my contribution like this:
week 1: Swedish history and geography, the royal family, our politic and economy
week 2, a tradition week: christmas, easter, Midsummer and the swedish national day
week 3, a dish week: meatballs, cream bun and other pastry, potato and sauce
week 4: Fotball, hockey, swedish young and a conclusion.
Their can be some adding and changeing. 

I started this blog as a project in my English C course and since my teacher is so 2010 we use blog's. This project is to "students" in Japan and their "teacher, Wanda," but since they dosen't really exit it's a blog for everbody. So don't get confused if a write something about Wanda or her student. Hope you enjoy it!

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