I am from Sweden, which people often get confused with Switzerland (I don't really get why; one is mountainous and one is flat, one is very far north, one is in continental Europe). Here are seven typically Swedish things:
Well, they are still made in Sweden but are now owned by China. In Sweden we are fairly patriotic so a lot of families own a Volvo.
Ikea stores have spread around the world and are famous for flat-pack products. Also famous for their food products and café. Yes, we do like to eat meatballs in Sweden, but the ones we eat are tastier than those they sell at Ikea.
Fika is a morning or afternoon or supper break where you have tea. Especially important in workplaces, where there are dedicated Fika rooms where most employees go to socialize. We especially like to have cinnamon rolls during Fika.
I know lots of other countries have lakes, but Sweden has a ton of them; pretty much if you drive 10 kilometres you will drive past a lake. We like to use the lakes for swimming, fishing, ice skating in winter and just admiring views.
Sweden used to be the land of the Viking and there are still signs of the Vikings around in the forest and in museums. The best museum is over the border in Norway (called the Oseberg Ship shown below).
6. A love of seafood
In Sweden we love seafood. These include pickled herrings of various flavors including sweet and savory ones, shrimp sandwiches, and Atlantic Salmon, both smoked and fresh.
7. Blonde and beautiful people
Sweden is known for having lots of blonde people and yes, I think in most places around 50% of people are blonde. People here are also of above average attractiveness.
Have you ever been to Sweden? If so what were your thoughts?