10 Interesting facts about Sweden and the Swedish language

For people interested in visiting or curious to learn more about Sweden and the Swedish language, here’s a brief overview for help getting started.

  • 1. Sweden is the third largest country in the EU, has borders with Norway, Finland and Denmark and has a population of about 10 million.  Sweden has a large immigrant population (15% of all), with immigrants coming from Finland, Iraq, Poland, the former Yugoslavia, Iran, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, Turkey, Denmark and Somalia.  The name Sweden comes from the Old Norse language, Svibjoo, or the Old English Sweopeod, meaning “people of the Swedes”.
  • 2. It has maritime borders Denmark, Germany, Poland, Russia, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.  The bridge that connects Sweden and Denmark is the Oresund Bridge, a double-track railway and dual carriageway bridge-tunnel that runs almost 8 km or 5 miles, the longest combined road and rail bridge in Europe.
  • 3. About 10 million people speak Swedish, with a majority from Sweden but also Finland, Norway, Denmark, the UK, the US, Canada and other areas.
  • 4. The first literary text from Sweden is the Roek Runestone, from the Viking age in 800 AD.  During the Swedish Viking Age, ~700-1200 AD, the Swedish Vikings traveled through the Baltic region, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, the Black Sea and as far south as Baghdad.
  • 5. About 15% of Sweden is north of the Arctic Circle and ~65% of the total land area is covered with forests.
  • 6. The largest city in Sweden is Stockholm with almost 1.4 million people, followed by Gothenburg, Malmo, Uppsala, Vasteras, Orebro, Linkoping, Helsingborg, Jonkoping and Norrkoping.
  • 7. The currency in Sweden is the Swedish Krona, (SEK).  The largest trading partners with Sweden are Germany, the US, Norway, the UK, Denmark and Finland.
  • 8. The cuisine in Sweden varies across the relatively large northern and southern areas, with the northern being influenced by the cold and game available with the southern areas being more agriculture and vegetables.  Traditional foods were those that could be preserved, such as salted and cured fish, cabbage with sauerkraut and various preserved fruits.  Some of the popular dishes include Swedish Meatballs with Cream sauce, mashed potatoes and lingonberry jam, Surstromming (fermented herring with boiled potatoes), Potato Casserole, Swedish Pancakes, Pitepalt Dumplings, Smorgastarta (a sandwich cake party dish) as well as desserts such as cakes to go with a strong after dinner coffee.
  • 9. For beverages, Sweden is one of the 10 highest coffee drinking countries, milk consumption is second only to Finland.  During winter Glogg is served, a mulled wine.  Other alcoholic beverages include vodka (the brand Absolut Vodka is from Sweden), lager beers, and sweet ciders, such as from apples or pears.
  • 10. Sweden receives about 5 million travelers or tourists per year.

Have your own networks with others in Sweden

If you regularly share content or work with people in Sweden, here are a few benefits you get from using an Odysen solution:

  • Use in your language, including Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, German, English and others.
  • Have separate networks for different groups, keeping content focused for each.  This could be having separate networks for different groups of friends, family members, organizations as well as using in professional environments, having separate networks for different clients or customers.
  • Organize content with easy to use folders, add sub-folders to expand and see integrated views in respective parent folders.
  • Within each folder you can add content to the applications, including actions, notes, events, photos, graphics, audio files, office files, videos, websites and blogs.
  • Get started and invite other users for free with the Basic plan.  This includes the ability to add networks, use the applications, and initial storage for your various files.

Learn more about having your own networks with others in Sweden, including using the applications, languages available, solution examples and relevant blog articles.

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