Sweden

Our love affair with Sweden actually started in Austria - skiing at Saalbach for New Year 2009/10 ...we spotted the only other couple who had dressed up and wore black tie - they were Swedes and the rest is history ...

THREE THINGS WE DID NOT KNOW ABOUT SWEDEN

1.

Be LAGOM

Everything is balance. Not too much, not too little: just right. Don’t be flashy, but don’t be too frugal either. From now on, you like semi-skimmed milk. Not too fatty, not too lean. From the car you drive, to the house you live in to the clothes you wear; everything from now on is comfortable shade of lagom.

2.
Sweden imports waste!

The Swedish people love to recycle. Only 1% of waste ends up in landfill with 50% being recycled or composted and 49% being incinerated for energy. This may sound like great news but it has caused one big problem: there’s not enough waste left to keep the incinerators running.So, Sweden has come up with a novel solution. They import waste from Norway and the UK to keep the lights on. And as a double bonus, the countries actually pay Sweden to take their waste away!

3.

Yes, fika is really a thing

At least twice a day, stop what you are doing and go get another coffee. Sit down. Eat a bun. Talk to others who are doing the same. This is now something you do twice a day for the rest of your life. It’s called Fika. It’s a noun and a verb, so you can meet for a fika or you can fika with someone. You can even fika-date.

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