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National Day of Sweden

June 6, 2015
Swedish flag

My mother just reminded me that it is the national day of Sweden today. I totally forgot. It’s quite hard to keep track of Swedish holidays while over here, seeing as I don’t have a Swedish calendar. I usually find out by reading about it on Facebook.

In honour of the national day of Sweden, I thought I would mention a few things I really love about Sweden.

Salty liquorice
This is something that I’d say 90% or more of the world would spit out as soon as they put it in their mouth, but it is something I grew up with and something I really love. When my parents send me parcels, I always get them to include some salty liquorice. If you haven’t tried it, I dare you to! Haha.

It’s certainly not something we’re famous for or anything, but I really miss the breads we have in Sweden. There are so many different types of bread to choose from, while here in NZ there isn’t much selection to be honest.

I miss having my breakfast in Sweden. I always ate a sandwich, because that’s quite a standard Swedish breakfast. This might sound gross to anyone else, but my favourite type of breakfast is a sandwich (sweet bread) with liver paté and gherkins. Mmmm. Here in NZ I always eat something boring, like cereal.

The four seasons
Although winter can seem like it goes on forever sometimes, we do have four seasons in Sweden. Spring with flowers and trees blooming. Summer with warmth, green grass and sunshine. Autumn with leaves falling off trees, creating a colourful and beautiful surrounding.

And last but not least, winter with snow. I miss spending Xmas in Sweden. It’s really not the same to celebrate Xmas during summer. It’ll never feel like Xmas to me.

Might sound like a strange one, but the fashion is so different over there and I really prefer it. I often struggle to find clothing I like in New Zealand, so every time I go home to visit, I make sure I bring enough money to go out shopping. Unfortunately it is much more expensive to shop in Sweden, but most of the time it’s worth it.

It seems like the clothing over there is more durable too. I still have and wear a pair of shoes that I bought in Sweden probably about 8-10 years ago. And they weren’t even expensive, they were from a cheap shoe shop.

Daylight in summer
Yes, it does get super dark in winter, but the days feel so much longer in summer than they do here. The sun doesn’t go down until around 10pm, and it comes back up again just after 3am.

It’s really cool going to town during summer because it’s light outside when you get there, and the sun is coming back up when you go home. I feel like it makes a hangover easier to get through somehow!

There you have it, a few things I love and miss about Sweden. Let’s end this post with the national anthem of Sweden, sung at the royal wedding in 2010.

Let me know if you’ve ever been to Sweden or if you wish to go! I’d love to know what other people think about Sweden.


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  • John

    Love this post! I would love to visit your country. Sandwiches for breakfast are great, yum. I can tell you miss your home very much, will you move back?

    June 7, 2015 at 6:05 am Reply
    • Sophie Sjösten

      I’ve got plans to move back to Europe at some point, but probably not Sweden. Too difficult for my partner unfortunately. 🙂

      June 7, 2015 at 9:26 am Reply
      • John

        I see. I did not mean to be nosy. it sounds like your partner is like my wife, living up north in Michigan, my home state was too much for her. Southern Nevada does us both right, love it here. But Christmas without snow is very odd for this northern-grown man!

        June 7, 2015 at 11:04 am Reply
  • zomermaantje

    Did you ever try the Dutch double salty licorice?
    I have a trip to Sweden lined up either for autumn this year or spring next year. Planning on combining it with Denmark and possibly a bit of sight seeing in Germany if we go by car (logical when coming from Belgium).

    I get the too difficult part, even with a job lined up, my housemate didn’t manage to get everything sorted to move to Sweden permanently.

    June 7, 2015 at 3:32 pm Reply
    • Sophie Sjösten

      Yes I absolutely love Dutch liquorice! There is a Dutch shop here in Wellington that I go to every now and again to buy some! Cool to hear you’re going to Sweden! And yes, it makes sense to combine it with other nearby countries while you’re there! 🙂

      June 8, 2015 at 12:21 am Reply

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