Swedes have a national weekly eating plan. Thursdays are traditionally pancakes and split pea soup.
Buffets are called “vikings” in Japan. This is because a Japanese restaurant manager went to Sweden and liked smörgåsbords so much he copied the idea at his restaurant. This Swedish word was too hard to pronounce in Japanese, so the word “vikings” was used instead after a employee suggested it.
Helga de la Brache, a Swedish con artist, grew up in lower class circumstances but successfully posed as a Swedish princess for years. Convincing even the Swedish royal family who gave her a pension and “furniture befitting a princess.”
The most logistically complex event in Sweden’s history was when Sweden switched their entire traffic system from the left side of the road to the right side in a single day in 1967 called “Dagen H”.
There is a law in Sweden that allows you go on any property you please between July and October so long as you are picking wild berries or mushrooms.
Sweden has “gay sailor” defense system in the Baltic Sea. Underwater dancing gay sailor neon sign sends a Morse code saying “Come here if you’re gay”, targeted to Russian submarines detected regularly in the area.
Märket is a tiny island divided by the Finnish-Swedish border. When the finns inadvertedly built a lighthouse on the wrong side of the border, the swedes agreed to trade it for an equal spot of land on the other side, causing the border to zig-zag.
In 2013, a prisoner in Sweden escaped “because he had a toothache and wanted to go to the dentist.” He broke out prison, visited the dentist, and turned himself back in where he received an extra day to his month-long sentence as punishment.
North Korea owes Sweden €300m for 1,000 stolen Volvos and every 6 months Sweden sends them reminders.