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Top 15 Swedish things Posted by on Nov 2, 2010 in Culture

Hey there all of you, In this post I will post all of the things you thought were Swedish. Hopefully our Swedish blog team can write posts about some of the different things as well. Then I have extracted 15 of all the things and hopefully they will be the most representative of them all.

1. Abba


3. Pippi longstocking

4. Beautiful Blond Women

5. Volvo

6. Vikings

7. Nobel prize

8. Absolute Vodka

9. Gamla Stan (The old city in Stockholm)

10. Socialism

11. Annas pepparkakor

12. Kanelbullar

13. Swedish Chef (from Sesame Street)

14. Snow

15. Lucia

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  1. L:

    I’m pretty sure the Swedish Chef is from the Muppet Show :’D

  2. Joy Schumacher:

    Great list… but I have one correction. The Swedish Chef was never on Sesame Street. He was on The Muppet Show.

  3. Joel Williams:

    I can not believe you didn’t list Saab….. ONe could argue they’re Dutch, but I guess Volvo is Chinese…..

  4. Matteo:

    Socialism is not Swedish, neither in the theory nor in practice (There are arguably countries were the social state is stronger)…plus one needs to make place for bandy, which it’s a must in any list of Swedish things.
    “Lagom” is not a thing but it’s the Swedish-est thing of them all, I’ll drop snow for the list for that.
    Also, snabbmakkaroni, samlor, Lättöl and andra hand lägenhet…people, come on! 🙂

    Har det bra,


  5. Angela:

    That looks like a pretty good list! If I asked my father to name Swedish things, he’s probably start naming hockey players.

    The Swedish Chef was from The Muppet Show, but since it’s all Jim Henson’s work- close enough. 🙂

  6. goldvisa:

    Wait a sec, what about the horse? I’m not remotely Swedish, but even I know about the horse. Maybe it was number 16.

  7. Isuru:

    Ice Hokey


  8. Dionne:

    I agree with most of these but would also add:

  9. mina:

    no köttbullar!?

  10. Matteo:

    My comment on this post went lost somewhere in the internet, but I agree with everyone here that there is not thing more Swedish than “lagom”.

    Bandy (and by association Innebandy) should be in, as samlor, snabbmakkaroni and Lättöl. Dalahäst is also something I associate to something typical Swedish, rather than Socialism, which I don’t get in the list. Theoretically it has no Scandinavian origin and there are arguably stronger social states than Sweden. Same for snow.

    Fika is another great Swedish thing, I don’t know how I could forget it before.

    The first words I’ve learn in Swedish though were tvättstuga and andra hand lägenhet. The latter maybe is only a Stockholm thing, though…

  11. Efrutik:

    wow so Absolut vodka is not Russia 🙁 I thought it was Russian. Definitely agree about IKEA and Abba 🙂

  12. Anton85@nyc.rr.com:

    The Swedish Chef wasn’t on Sesame Street, but here’s something Swedish that was, at least partly:


    This series, “Five Ants are More than Four Elephants,” was inspired by Sesame Street and some of its animated segments appeared on Sesame Street, but I need more info about the deal between their producers and CTW.

    Here are two more interesting things about Sweden: they outlawed corporal punishment and they also eat their pasta with ketchup.

  13. ipek:

    Taking out the shoes while entering to home also a kind of swedish rule and I like it.It looks like in Turkey.
    Ipek Uyuklu

  14. sweden:

    gamla stan ?? nooo.. have u seen the old town in Tallinn

  15. Shapla Amin:

    good to know about Sweden, i would like to go Gamla Stan.

  16. Lisa:

    Thanks for the list of the best of Swedish. I used it for my latest blog post. Check it out here:

  17. Julie:

    Lingonberry jam is very Swedish.

    The Dahl horse.

    door harps