Buying alcohol in Sweden

Did you know that you can’t buy beverages with more than 3.5 % alcohol in a regular supermarket anywhere in Sweden? In fact you won’t be able to buy alcohol in any other store either, except for Systembolaget (or ”Systemet”, as Swedes often call it). Systembolaget Let me tell you a little bit about SystembolagetContinue reading “Buying alcohol in Sweden”

The champion of the champions

Born in and raised in Storuman and Tärnaby, former World Cupalpine racer Ingemar Stenmark grew up to become one of the most admired and respected athletes in the history of Sweden. Ingemar Stenmark Being born in 1956 Ingemar joins a group of prominent athletes called “the 56:ers”, alongside former tennis champion Björn Borg and iceContinue reading “The champion of the champions”

Chefs, food and pastry

Ever heard of “the Swedish chef” from Sesame Street? He’s hilarious but I’m not sure he can really cook. At least not as well as the Swedish chefs that I admire and who are well known all over the world. Famous Swedish chefs Marcus Samuelsson – Swedish chef working in New York where he’s theContinue reading “Chefs, food and pastry”

What is typically Swedish?

This post contains commercial links What is “typical Swedish” and who decides what’s typical and/or not typical? As in many countries around the world there are certain things that are considered as “typical” for Sweden and the Swedes. Some of them are inherited (or copied if you wish) from other cultures, while others have deepContinue reading “What is typically Swedish?”

The Royal Family

Sweden has been a monarchy for more than a thousand years, with approximately seventy kings ruling during this time. The present king, Carl XVI Gustaf, was inaugurated in 1973 and is the 74:th regent on the throne. The Swedish king is of French heritage. The Bernadotte’s have been on the Swedish throne since 1818. Before,Continue reading “The Royal Family”

“Sill och nubbe”

In Sweden there is an old tradition of having “sill and nubbe” at Christmas, as well as at Easter time and Midsummer. We actually eat and drink very similar during these three holidays. “Sill” and “nubbe” is pickled herring and snaps, or a shot (e. g vodka). Usually the “nubbe”, or snaps, is spiced withContinue reading ““Sill och nubbe””