I love so many things about the Nordic countries and their way of life that if I had the balls (and oh yes, the money!) I’d move to Gothenburg or Copenhagen... As a little ode, I thought I’d go ahead and share a few of my favourite things about Sweden in this post, in case you’re planning a trip or need a little kick up the butt to do so. Seriously, such a great country, and these are just the highlights...!
The ultimate highlight: fika. Known to Swedes as both a verb and a noun, fika is the idea of going for coffee and cake, whatever time, whatever day. Offices in Sweden have free coffee and cinnamon buns apparently, which is an idea that totally needs installing in the UK I reckon! Seriously though, fika is just such a lovely thing. It’s offline time, or time dedicated to catching up with a friend or your thoughts. We all need more fika in our lives.
Scandi interiors shops
If you’re planning a trip to Sweden, go with an empty suitcase. Seriously, their interior stores are plentiful and next level…On our recent trip to Gothenburg, Ed and I bought a marble chopping board, new mugs, new plates, tapas bowls, and some artwork. It’s just too good.
The beautiful outdoors
Along with its great, buzzing cities (Malmö and Gothenburg), there's so much of beautiful Sweden that's peacefully untouched and calling to be explored. Whether its skinny-dipping on its beautiful shores, island hopping the archipelago or wild camping in its forests, there's no end to the beauty of Sweden's great outdoors.
Herring and mash
Whilst I genuinely think Swedish cuisine on the whole is brilliant, the highlight has to be fried herring and mash with lingonberry sauce. Honestly, I don’t think there’s anything more comforting and delicious you could put in your mouth. The crème de le crème is Strömminsgluckan in Gothenburg — a street food cart that’s so, so good, but we found a pretty darn delicious version in Stockholm at Nystekt Stromming too.
Long summer days
Obviously, one of the selling points for Sweden has to be its crazy long summer nights…the dream. Granted, there’s the pitch black winter days on the flip side but time your trip right and you’re fine…