Category: Sweden

Sweden is actually increasing forest biomass despite being the second largest exporter of paper in the world because they plant 3 trees for each 1 they cut down.

After being prohibited from wearing shorts during the hot summer months, bus drivers in Sweden wore skirts to work, citing that since their female coworkers could wear skirts, it would be discriminatory to prohibit them from wearing skirts too.

Every high school student in Sweden aged 16-20 is entitled to “study grant” of $139 USD monthly. The only requirement is to attend the school.

Photo : Håkan Dahlström / Flickr

Tug-of-war used to be an Olympic sport. In the 1912 Olympics in Sweden, the host nation took gold, Great Britain took silver, and no one won bronze because only two teams showed up.

Photo :  US Navy / wikimedia

Swedish peace group erected a sign to keep the Russian submarines out of their border – it displays an animated sailor in underwear thrusting his hips with a morse code that broadcasts: “This way if you are gay.”

Photo : Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society

In Sweden, you have a constitutional right to allemansrätten, which is the right to peacefully hike, camp, bike, and enjoy nature anywhere in the country unimpeded, with the only restrictions being you must not hike close to someone’s house or damage a garden.

There’s a university in Sweden where students let out primal screams at exactly 10 p.m. each night. The Flogsta Scream occurs every night at 10 p.m. when university students living in Uppsala’s Flogsta neighborhood stop what they’re doing and let out a collective scream from their windows, balconies, and rooftops to help blow off steam and ease the stresses of college life.

Photo : Pythe1337N / Elinnea / wikimedia

Øresund Bridge between Denmark and Sweden dips into a tunnel in the middle of the sea.

A chimp in a Swedish zoo collected round disks of concrete, stockpiled them, and saved them until he could throw them at visitors. “Nothing like it has as yet been reported from the wild, nor from any captive chimpanzees”.

Photo : PA/Daily Mail

“Fika” is a concept in Swedish culture that means “to have coffee, cake and a chit-chat”. It’s a big part of the culture and most companies have two daily fika breaks at 9am and at 3pm.

Photo : Kars Alfrink/flickr