• Hej is a common greeting in Swedish. We present to you some interesting information about Sweden.

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    Swedish is a North Germanic language spoken natively by at least 10 million people, predominantly in Sweden and in parts of Finland, where it has equal legal standing with Finnish.

    Let us share some incredible facts about the Swedish language and Sweden,

    Swedish shares similarities with Danish and Norwegian. It is often said that by learning Swedish, one is learning three languages.

    Swedish differentiates between your grandfather on your mother’s and your father’s side. Your father’s father is your Farfar, which translates to “father-father”. Your mother’s father is Morfar, which means “mother-father”. Of course, the same rule applies to grandmothers, too.

    There’s no direct translation for “please” in Swedish. So to show respect and politeness you need to use a respectful tone of voice and say tack (“thank you”).

    Swedish was an official language in Finland before it has become the official language in Sweden in 2009.

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    Of all the countries in the world, the Swedish capital has got to have one of the coolest public transport systems. Walk into a Stockholm metro station and it is said you're entering the "world's longest art exhibition". About 90 of the 100 stations have been decorated by over 150 artists in different themes and various forms. This includes mosaics, paintings, installations, sculptures, and more.

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    Swedish design is known for its emphasis on sustainability and functionality, in everything from architecture to textiles design. Swedes like things to look good, but they also like to keep it simple. Two great examples of Swedish design are IKEA and H&M. If you visit Sweden and look out for more unique finds from local artists, interior designers, and smaller fashion labels, you can visit the Design District located in the trendy Södermalm neighborhood, National Museum, Nordiska Museet, Moderna Museet, and ArkDes, the Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design.

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    Swedish culture is incomplete without its coffee culture. There is a special word to describe having a break with coffee, cake, and chat, it is Fika. This break time is a communal and pretty much compulsory thing, it is recognized as an essential aspect of daily life to function well, reduce stress, and increase productivity.

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    Modern Swedish cuisine centers on healthy, locally sourced produce, while certain preparation methods can be traced back to the Viking era. Here are some Swedish food that you can try Pickled herring, Crispbread, smörgås (open sandwich) especially Räksmörgås (shrimp sandwich), Pea soup like Ärtsoppa, Wallenbergare, Köttbullar, Raggmunk, Toast Skagen, Gravad lax, Kalops, Falukorv, Gubbröra, blodpudding.

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    In Sweden, people can always find a good excuse to tuck into something sweet – even specific calendar days are designated to the celebration of particular sugary specialties. Here are some sweet Swedish delicacy that you can have Waffles, Smörgåstårta, Kanelbulle (Cinnamon bun), Mazariner, Dammsugare, Chokladbollar, Kladdkaka, Pepparkakor (Gingerbread), Semlor, Lussebullar, Chokladbiskvier and Prinsesstårta, a royal indulgence that are served in special occasions.

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    Sweden is filled with amazing must-visit attractions like Vasa Museum, Skansen and Djurgården, the Nobel Museum, the Post Museum, the Royal Coin Cabinet, Drottningholm Palace, Lovö, Kiruna and the Ice Hotel, Visby, Liseberg Theme Park, Oresund Bridge, Kalmar Castle, Abisko National Park, Swedish Air Force Museum, Sala Silvergruva, Abisko National Park, James Bond Museum, Gothenburg’s Botanical Garden and Fotografiska, one of the world’s great photography museums.

    Hope you like it, if you know any other fascinating facts about Sweden, let us all know!

    Source: https://artsandculture.google.com/