In your country do you ever talk about Sweden? How did you get to know what you know? On the news? Might not be very often…
As a Swede living abroad the question “where do you come from” is very often asked. When the asker hears the answer you will most likely get a polite if not slightly troubled smile which says “I’m sorry but I’m not quite sure where Sweden is, and I don’t even think I know anything famous from Sweden…” Sometimes, depending on the person they will ask straight out: “What comes from Sweden?” Or a couple of seconds later the follow-up might be “Oh, wait a second, isn’t IKEA from Sweden?!” And if you’re talking to a slightly older person they might recognise Astrid Lindgren if mentioned.
If we were to make a list of the 10 most famous Swedish things to help everyone who is interested in Sweden, is a Swede, has Swedish ansestory or has lived in Sweden, what should we put on that list?
As of today that list has been started to help all people talking, mentioning or educating people about Sweden! Lets try to get as many suggestions as possible, and at the end of October I will publish the Transparent Swedish blog’s 10 most famous things list!