Sweden is imagined as a country of cold, unfriendly, and very calm people. However, Swedes have many great and funny traditions to make the long and dark months of autumn and winter to make more cheerful time. These people are huge fans of delicious and greasy food, very sweet cakes, afternoon coffee, and strong alcohol. It takes time to make friends with Swedes but once you achieve the trust of these Nordic people, they are very loyal, funny, and kindly introduce their culture to you. It is true that they have some crazy traditions and customs that might seem a little weird to a foreigner, as a result, here are some of them for you to prepare and enjoy the Nordic culture when you will be there.
Fish and More Fish
Swedish historical traditions are based on respect for nature, which for many of them is the mother-nurse today. Hunting, fishing, and agriculture are important elements of the Swedish economy for many years. As a result, many kinds of fishes dominate the table in every local family and, according to Swedish tradition, many simple and complex dishes can be prepared from fishes. The most impressive and controversial Swedish fish dish might seem awful to foreigners. Marinated and canned herring has a very specific and unpleasant smell, but despite its suspicious taste, it is considered an exceptional Swedish delicacy. The history of this herring recipe dates back centuries, and the cooking recipe is explained by the lack of salt in the Middle Ages. In Sweden, there is a national holiday in honor of the start of the sale of herring as a “new harvest” and this is one of the most interesting Swedish traditions.
In Honor of Waffles and Buns
The culinary delights of the Swedish cuisine are so important that Swedes are always ready to celebrate the festivities for buns and other cakes. Waffles are honored during Revelation, and the most famous Swedish desert cinnamon buns are honored in early October. Such buns are considered a symbol of the country, and all restaurants and cafes offer a favorite dish during the holiday with huge discounts. Another very popular Swedish desert is called Semla. This is a huge, sweet bun stuffed with whipped cream and the time of this treat is in February, so you can get it anywhere with a cup of coffee, tea, or even hot wine.
Promise Me to Lose Weight
One of the traditions of the Swedish New Year is that people make very different promises to each other. The promise must be fulfilled, so Swedes often ask their loved ones and friends to do something that causes them to lack the will. Fulfilling these promises is considered a matter of honor, and many frail people are thus able to give up bad habits or lose weight.
June 6 is Sweden National Day. This day is celebrated with music, popular dances, and solemn speeches. The Swedes are very proud of their country, so everyone dresses in blue and yellow according to the colors of their flag. Also, another very important day is the Swedish flag day called “flaggdagar”. On this day, the Swedish flag is hoisted on public buildings, buses, and private homes.