10 Crazy Yet True Facts About Sweden

We all know that Sweden has given us great brands from Abba and Absolut to Volvo and Saab. Culturally they have given us Ingmar Bergmann, Stieg Larsson and August Strindberg. But did you know that in Sweden…

 

1. They have a "Speed Camera Lottery"...

Whenever a special speed camera catches you at or under the speed limit, you're automatically entered into a lottery. The funds for which come from speeding drivers! This has reduced the average speed of Swedish drivers.

 

2. There’s a Swedish Naming Law...

According to Swedish law, parents must submit the names of their new-borns to the Swedish Tax Agency for approval. Banned first names include Ikea, Metallica, Elvis and Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116.

 

3. North Korea owes them a substantial debt...

In 1974, North Korea purchased a thousand Volvos from Sweden. Now, 44 years later, they owe Sweden about 250 million pounds – and Sweden makes sure to remind them of this every six months.

 

4. You could once say "I can't come into work today, I'm feeling gay"... 

Though being homosexual in Sweden wasn't a criminal act in 1979, the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare still classified being gay as a disease – in protest, a group of Swedes called in sick to work, claiming they were feeling "gay". A few months later, the National Board declassified homosexuality as a disease, which meant Sweden was the first European country to do so!

 

5. It’s possible to play cross-country golfing...

If you've ever fancied enjoying a sport in different countries at the same time, there's a golf course which is both in Finland (8 holes) and in Sweden (11 holes). The golf course is located in Tornio, Finland, and offers the chance to hit the longest hole-in-one in the world on the sixth hole; the ball flies approx. an hour and 5 seconds because of the time difference between the two countries. 

 

6. A Christmas goat display almost always ends badly...

For the past 51 years, every Christmas, Sweden has erected a display of a giant goat in Gävle – and almost every year, the goat has been burned to the ground. The so-called Gävle Goat has been damaged a grand total of 37 times, even with the presence of security measures and a nearby fire station! 

 

7. There's an interesting system on the @Sweden Twitter page...

Every week, the @Sweden Twitter account is given to a random Swede to manage. You can see the current Swede controlling it by visiting the source link! 

Source: https://twitter.com/sweden

 

8. There’s an information religion...

The Missionary Church of Kopimisim is an officially recognised Swedish religion, founded on the belief that copying information is a "sacred virtue". Followers of the religion, otherwise known as "Kopimists", hold the computer shortcuts CTRL+C (copy) and CTRL+V (paste) in high regard as sacred symbols. 

 

9. Football was once nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize...

After the start of the new millennium back in 2001, Swedish MP Lars Gustafsson nominated, rather bizarrely, football for the Nobel Peace Prize. He cited the reason for his nomination being that football "links people together from most nations of the world, from different continents and with varying history and culture". 

 

10.  You get a special gift with blood donations...

When blood is donated in Sweden, the donors receive a text thanking them the first time they do so. But not only do Swedish donors get a text for donating the first time... they also get a text when their blood is used to help someone! 

 

 

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Posted on Friday Jul 6