Spring Cottage, Uppsala, Sweden.

Facts about Sweden

•Swedes are the second highest consumers of coffee per person worldwide.
•In Sweden hydroelectrical power accounts for approximately 40 percent of Sweden's total production of electricity.
•Saturday is known as candy day in Sweden. It is encouraged that as candy causes dental caries, that children and adults try restricting candy intake to once a week. In many Swedish family homes, children indulge in candy only on a Saturday with parental permission.
•Squeezing foods out of tubes, Sweden often sells cream cheese, jams, mayonnaise and a variety of other foods in tubes to be squeezed out as one would with toothpaste.

•Trolls are a major part of Swedish culture. Indeed some towns are named after Trolls. It is also customary to give gifts of carved trolls or books based on trolls.
•The generalized life expectancy in Sweden in the 1700s was 30 something and current statistics reveal it to be in the late 70s with higher expectancies as the years progress.
•It is traditional in Sweden for restaurants to not charge for refills of coffee, tea and soft drinks.
•A Swede (Niklas Zennström) was part of the team that invented and designed skype (free online format for video conferencing and phoning).
•The changing of the guard at the Royal Palace is a special occasion and the only young band with permission to play during such an event is the Royal Swedish navy Cadet Band. This is also a military band that has been operating since 2002 and consists of about 70 musicians aged 14 to 23.
•The dialing code for Sweden is 46
•Sweden has been rated with the lowest birth rate in the world
•Sweden has the longest life expectancy in the world
•Sweden is the fifth largest country in Europe
•Homosexuality was illegal in Sweden before 1944.
•Sweden was the first country to declare that homosexuality was not an illness
•As of the year 2013, 48% of the workforce is made up of females. At the time this is the highest ratio of female workers in the world.
•As of 2004 all employees in Sweden are entitled to a free massage
•In Sweden it is possible to pay your tax by sending a sms
•Generally from about 50% to 70% of a Swedish worker’s salary is allocated to tax
•It is usual to have seen sand on the roads in winter;this is placed there to prevent walkers from slipping and motor vehicles from skidding.
•Salty liquorice as black coloured ice-cream is a popular available ice-cream in Sweden
•It is fashionable to have a tan in summer
•Some levels of education are free and others partly funded by the government
•After graduating from high school it is customarily to be driven home in an unusual way, such as in a truck with your friends, loud music and decorations of birch tree branches.
•Sweden was the first country in the world to implement laws that stated spanking or beating of children to be illegal. This was done in Sweden in the year of 1979.
•The land of Sweden has a length extension measuring about 2000kms
•The longest east west distance across Sweden has been measured to be 499km
•Sweden has the world’s highest density of elk (moose), with a population of one quarter of a million.
•Numbered queues are implemented for patients, clients and customers at various venues as the the pharmacy (apoteket), tax office (Skatteverket), doctor’s office and local grocery store’s deli-meat counter. Numerous businesses utilize a ticketing system usually with a small machine hung on a wall that dispenses number notes. After claiming your ticket, you are required to wait until your number appears on a large screen before you can proceed to the counter.
•Lagom is a societal code of conduct in Sweden which does not seem to have any direct translation in English. Loosely translated, lagom tends to mean just enough, in moderation, appropriate and other synonyms of those words. When lagom is mentioned in reference to societal behaviour, it means blending in appropriately without extreme displays of emotion.
•It is usual to find that restaurants and stores shut down for an entire month, usually in July. This is when it is summer in Sweden;and when employees take their annual 4 to 6 week vacations.
•It is customarily to take shoes off when entering private residences in Sweden. There are many theories surrounding this old tradition. Among the many theories surrounding this custom or tradition, most revolve around the fact that Swedes spend a great amount of time outdoors during winter and are prone to dragging in dirt with their shoes. Consequently taking shoes off at the door is done for hygienic purposes. Other theories suggest taking off shoes before entering a residence, is a sign of respect for the Swedish home.
•Drinking tap water is the norm and highly encouraged in Sweden. As tap water, in Sweden, is clean, fresh and ice cold there is a major saving in the cost spent on bottled water as well as a large saving to the environment.
•The origin of the name, ‘Sweden’ has been linked to the plural form of Swede. The name of Sweden being used to name the country where Swedes lived was derived from the Dutch word Zweden. Prior to this, the country of what we now know as Sweden was called Swedeland.
The Old English name was Sweoland and the Old Norse name was Sweorice. Then from the 13th century, the name of Swerike was utilised and from the 14th it transformed into Svearike. During those bygone years, these terms were referring more often to the area in Sweden that we associate as Svealnad, the historical core of Sweden. Götaland (the most southern regions of Sweden) was not part of Svearike. Svealand is now in the area known as south central Sweden.
As the end of the 15th century began to end, a new name of Swerighe developed. Then in the 17th century, Swerghe and Swirghe were other names that come about. Even the name of Swirge has been recorded as used by Gustavus Adolphus.