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''[[DescribeTopicHere Descreebed Svedée Here-a!]] [[SelfDemonstrating/SwedishChef Børk børk børk!]]''

The country of hot blondes, [[ForeignQueasine disgusting fish]] and moose.

OK, that's not totally true. Only half the population is actually blond, though most have the usually associated blue eyes. Moose, on the other hand...

Swedish-made cars in other countries often have their lights on all the time. This is mandated by Swedish law, due to the country's latitude.

Sweden ('''Swedish:''' ''Sverige''), officially known as the Kingdom of Sweden ('''Swedish:''' ''Konungariket Sverige''), is a Northern European country and democratic monarchy, with King Carl XVI Gustaf holding the ceremonial crown and about eight different political parties in parliament, depending on popular vote. The monarch is required to be a Protestant (Lutheran). The country also has equal rights for both sexes when it comes to inheriting the throne, having a woman, Crown Princess Victoria as heir apparent.[[note]]In fact, Victoria herself has a female heir apparent in her daughter Princess Estelle.[[/note]] For much of the 20th century, Swedish politics has been dominated by the centre-left Social Democrats, though their influence has waned in recent years. Tage Erlander, the Prime Minister from 1946 to 1969, holds the record for being the longest-serving leader of a democracy. Sweden is also notable as being the first country to completely outlaw corporal punishment of children, with parental rights being removed in 1966, and explicitly banning corporal punishment in the schools and homes in 1979, with an amendment to the Parenthood and Guardianship Code, reading: "Children are entitled to care, security and a good upbringing. Children are to be treated with respect for their person and individuality and may not be subjected to corporal punishment or any other humiliating treatment."

Was one of the first countries in the world to have a telegraphy line, with a line entering use in 1796. This, however, led to Sweden being reluctant to adopt ''electrical'' telegraphy, which explains why Sweden's (and the world's) last commercial semaphore line ceased operation in 1880, some forty years after the electrical telegraph had entered commercial use. A few decades later, Sweden became an early adopter of telephones, much thanks to an industrialist named Lars Magnus Ericsson, with Johan Ullman's prototypes leading to the development of Bluetooth wireless headset technology.

A 1973 bank robbery in Stockholm, later cinematized as ''{{Film/Norrmalmstorg}}'', was the TropeNamer for the StockholmSyndrome.

!!0 to 60 in under a second, missiles to deal with air rage--the Swedish military

Sweden, having had to deal with a possible threat from Nazi Germany and later the UsefulNotes/WarsawPact, used to have a pretty advanced military, ''because'' it remains militarily neutral (the idea being that military neutrality is only credible if your military [[ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself does not rely on one side or the other for vital equipment]]). Sweden had a form of conscription, but as fewer people were conscripted the last decade, and only volunteers could go abroad, it was scrapped in 2010 and brought back again in 2017. Sweden tends to get involved in peacekeeping a lot.

Sweden's main rifle is the AK-5, a more rugged version of the FNC.

Sweden's best known military company was also a car company- Saab- although the car arm went to GM years ago and has since disappeared. Saab is best known for its fighter aircraft, but does other stuff too. The most recent of these is the JAS 39 Gripen ("Gryphon"/"Griffin"), first known for [[EpicFail crashing twice at public exhibition flights]], later as one of the world's best new fighters that is not the [[MarySue F-22]], it's in service with three countries and others have it on order or are looking at it. It can land on public roads.

See UsefulNotes/SwedesWithCoolPlanes for more information.

!!True or false
Polar bears: False. Though there are Brown Bears occasionally attacking people.

Eskimos: False. The closest one can find is the Sami people, who have been described as the European counterpart to the Native Americans (though they don't look all that different from other Europeans; they're related to the Finns).

Nymphomania: Mostly false (see below)

Throughout history, educated Swedes have tended to be very good at the language of the dominant Western power (such as Latin during the Middle Ages, French from the 16th century, German from the 19th century, English from the middle of the 20th century on). There are some weak spots however, like voiced versus voiceless consonants, the distinctions being all but absent in Swedish. Swedish speakers tend to use voiceless consonants, but usually spell the words correctly[[labelnote:*]]in the spelling of Swedish names, "v" / "w" and "s" / "z" can often be used interchangably; "Villy" / "Willy", "Hansson" / "Hanzon" are considered the same names and are pronounced the same way[[/labelnote]].

!!Famous Swedes

Sweden has produced a lot of famous actors, several of whom have done FakeRussian at some point in the career (i.e. Creator/LenaOlin in ''Series/{{Alias}}''- the Derevko sisters are played by a Swede, an Italian (whose mother was Swedish, too) and a Brazilian). Creator/GretaGarbo and Creator/IngridBergman are the most famous. Sweden was also home to the celebrated stage and film director Creator/IngmarBergman (no relation to Ingrid). As a rule, the most famous Swedes tend to become Monegasque (citizens of Monaco) for purposes of tax evasion.
* Creator/PeterStormare is famous for having played characters from many European countries in American productions, including Germany, Iceland, Russia and Norway, but never from Sweden. He does speak a bit of Swedish in ''Film/MinorityReport'' and ''Film/TheLostWorldJurassicPark'' though.
* Creator/StellanSkarsgard is another Swede who has played FakeRussian roles (he plays one in ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober'' and ''Film/{{Ronin}}''), but he's taken a variety of roles. His son [[Creator/AlexanderSkarsgard Alexander]] has had US success with ''Series/GenerationKill'' and ''Series/TrueBlood''[[labelnote:*]]in which he gets to speak Swedish a lot, if you're interested in how Swedish sounds[[/labelnote]]. Another son of his, [[Creator/BillSkarsgard Bill]], has found success on ''Series/HemlockGrove'' and ''Film/It2017''.
* Creator/DolphLundgren is (in)famous for appearing in second/third-rate action movies, like ''Film/UniversalSoldier'' and ''Film/MastersOfTheUniverse'', though he's probably still most famous as Ivan Drago (also a FakeRussian) from ''Film/RockyIV''. He also has a master's degree in chemical engineering and a second degree black belt in karate.
* Creator/MaxVonSydow has appeared in some 140 movies since his debut in 1949. Among his more famous parts are Antonius Block, the knight who plays chess with [[TheGrimReaper Death]] in ''Film/TheSeventhSeal''; Jesus in ''Film/TheGreatestStoryEverTold''; Father Merrin in ''Film/TheExorcist''; Joubert in ''Film/ThreeDaysOfTheCondor''; Karl Oskar in ''TheEmigrants''; Emperor Ming in ''Film/{{Flash Gordon|1980}}''; Blofeld in ''Film/NeverSayNeverAgain''; Judge Fargo in ''Film/JudgeDredd'', Director Burgess in ''Film/MinorityReport'', and Esbern is ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim''.
* Ann-Margret was born Ann-Margret Olsson in Stockholm, the daughter of Anna (née Aronsson) and Gustav Olsson, a native of Örnsköldsvik. She and her parents moved to the United States when she was five. She grew up to become a popular singer, dancer and actress, starring in films like ''Theatre/ByeByeBirdie'', ''Viva Las Vegas'', ''Film/KittenWithAWhip'', ''The Cincinnati Kid'', ''Film/CarnalKnowledge'' and ''Film/{{Magic}}''.
* Music/{{ABBA}} is still the most famous Swedish band, but there are many others. Sweden is the world's third largest exporter of music after the US and the UK, possibly because of the combination of assimilation of those countries' modern musical traditions and the easy access to free music instruction. Other Swedish bands/musicians include rock bands like Music/{{Europe}}, Music/ATeens, Music/TheHives and Music/TheCardigans, as well as pop groups like Music/AceOfBase and Music/TheSounds and singers like Neneh Cherry. Sweden is also home to many Metal bands (see below).
* Owing to its keen interest in music, Sweden has one of the most distinguished records at the Series/EurovisionSongContest, having won it six times (one behind Ireland), with such winners as ABBA (Brighton 1974), Per, Richard and Louis Herrey (Luxembourg 1984), Carola Häggkvist (Rome 1991), Charlotte Nilsson-Perelli (Jerusalem 1999), Loreen Talhaoui (Baku 2012) and Music/MansZelmerlow (Vienna 2015), with the latter two earning the second- and third-highest scores in the contest's history, respectively.
* The three most famous Swedes in the field of the sciences are probably Carl von Linné (Carolus Linnaeus), the creator of the sexual system of plant classification, Anders Celsius, father of the Celsius temperature system, and Alfred Nobel, founder of the Nobel Prizes and inventor of dynamite.
* Swedes dominated the first influx of European talent into the North American hockey leagues in TheSeventies, with many becoming stars in the WHA, while Börje Salming became the first Swedish star in the [[UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague NHL]] (which was more reluctant to bring in European players). Swedish stars in the NHL have included Håkan Loob, Tomas Sandström, Peter Forsberg, Nicklas Lidström, and Henrik Zetterberg, among many others. The "Tre Kronor" (Three Crowns) - the Swedish national team - has emerged as a hockey power in international competition.
* Sweden has also produced a good number of top golfers, especially for a country with a northern climate. Undoubtedly the greatest of the bunch was Annika Sörenstam, winner of over 70 events on the LPGA tour in the States[[note]]though the tour is US-based, it holds many events in other countries around the world[[/note]], including 10 major championships, and the tour's all-time leading money winner when she retired.
* Sweden is also famous for Volvo and IKEA, the former a car which always has its headlights on (per Swedish law) and the latter a flat-pack furniture store that is a day out in itself. Sweden is also home to another famous car company, SAAB. However, two international car manufacturers in such a small country as Sweden makes the sales a bit shaky, and the company has changed hands approximately every 20 years since being funded in the late 1940s. Other well-known Swedish companies include H&M, a clothing retailer known as "the IKEA of fashion"; it originally was only women's clothing but has expanded to men and children and even home goods. Another well-known Swedish company is Electrolux, which originally started out in 1919 with vacuum cleaners under the 1960's U.K. marketing slogan "Nothing sucks like an Electrolux", and expanded to washing machines, dishwashers, and other home appliances.
* Sweden is the third biggest video game developing country in the world behind the US and Japan, with the majority of indie game developers in the Western world coming from Sweden and Swedish companies making many of the most popular modern video games series, including ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'', the second highest selling video game in the world only behind ''VideoGame/{{Tetris}}''. Creator/DanielRemar, Creator/{{Cactus}}, Notch, Creator/{{Nifflas}} and Creator/FrictionalGames, among others, are all Swedes. They even hold [[http://www.nomoresweden.com/ an annual indie game development convention]] there. Larger Swedish developers include the likes of Creator/MassiveEntertainment (''VideoGame/GroundControl'', ''VideoGame/WorldInConflict''), Starbreeze Studios (''VideoGame/TheDarkness'', ''VideoGame/EscapeFromButcherBay'', ''VideoGame/AssaultOnDarkAthena''), DICE (the ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield}}'' series, ''VideoGame/MirrorsEdge'', etc.) and Creator/MachineGames (''VideoGame/WolfensteinTheNewOrder'' and ''VideoGame/WolfensteinIITheNewColossus'').

!!Sweden in fiction and media

NorseByNorsewest covers a lot of the Sweden stuff, with hot Swedish blond people being fairly common in fiction. See also Main/SwedishSeries.

* British and American media in general seem prone to confuse a general Swedish lack of embarrassment about nudity with permanent horniness on the part of the Swedish people. When these media use EuropeansAreKinky as a trope, Sweden is the most likely country to attach it to. The Swedish Nymphomaniac Student/Hiker/Au Pair girl became a stereotypical character in British sex comedies of the 1970s and persists.
** Not just [[BritishStuffiness the British]]. There was reported in the media an incident with a Swedish lady who lived in Australia. [[DudeNotFunny She sought psychological counseling]] due to permanent quarrels and scandals caused by accusations she was flirting with married Aussie guys. The reporter was savvy enough to add that [[FridgeBrilliance Swedish women when talking to men stay on average 17 cm closer during the talk and are a few orders of magnitude more likely to touch]] compared to Anglophones.
* Sweden also hands out the various Nobel Prizes (except for the Peace Prize, which is handed out by Norway for reasons involving personal unions and symbolism), which are like the UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s for people [[HollywoodHomely too ugly]] to be [[PopularIsDumb allowed into Hollywood]].
* However, that's not all Sweden does. Pippi Långstrump (you may know her better as Literature/PippiLongstocking) holds a Swedish passport and was created by Creator/AstridLindgren, a Swedish writer. Then of course you have the Swedish Chef on ''Series/TheMuppetShow''. So it goes both ways.
* NordicNoir is a recently successful genre. Of particular note in recent years is a detective named [[Series/{{Wallander}} Kurt Wallander]], the star of a series of novels, adapted for TV in [[Series/{{Wallander}} English]] as well as Swedish. Also of considerable note is the late Stieg Larsson's ''Literature/MillenniumTrilogy'', a trio of novels adapted into films. A well-known Swedish novel is also ''Literature/LetTheRightOneIn'', which also has a film adaptation.
* An important thing to keep in mind if watching a Swedish film is that as soon as the target audience grow into their teens, everything takes a sharp turn towards the cynical side of the spectrum: Every child protagonist will, without fail, be bullied, neglected or {{rape| as backstory}}d. If it's drama, there will be a sense of unease and much yelling. If it's a police procedural, like ''Wallander'' above, expect the victim to be the butchered, rotting remains of Taiwanese victim of trafficking who leaves behind five childen, as well as even more unease and yelling. The comedies are almost always a bit tragic [[MoodWhiplash as well as]] comic, and offers [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment even more unease and yelling]].
* The 2012 mini-series ''[[NeverWipeTearsWithoutGloves Don't Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves]]'', based on the three-book series of the same name, took home a couple of international awards and received glorious reviews when it aired on BBC. Author Jonas Gardell is in talks with undisclosed Hollywood producers about an English language feature film version. The series chronicles a group of gay men in Stockholm in the 80ies during the onset of AIDS, and the prejudice and injustice they were subjected to.
* Sweden is also known (along with its neighbours {{UsefulNotes/Norway}} and {{UsefulNotes/Finland}}) for its extensive contribution to the various forms of metal music... which of course is just more [[OverusedRunningGag unease and yelling]]. They don't usually use HeävyMëtal Ümlaut though, since å, ä and ö are used as proper letters. Examples of bands include Music/{{Hammerfall}}, Music/{{Sabaton}}, Music/AmonAmarth, Music/{{Therion}}, Music/{{Candlemass}}, Music/{{Bathory}}, Music/ArchEnemy, Music/{{Evergrey}}, Music/{{Ghost}}, Music/{{Entombed}}, Music/{{Marduk}}, Music/{{Dragonland}}, Twilight Force, The Gothenburg Three (Music/DarkTranquillity, Music/InFlames, and Music/AtTheGates), and whatever ensemble Music/YngwieMalmsteen has [[IAmTheBand playing second fiddle to him.]]
* [[WebVideo/RegularOrdinarySwedishMealTime They also have the world's angriest chefs]]. So yeah, unease and yelling galore.
* Stockholm is a terrifying place, if ''VideoGame/CryOfFear'' is to be believed.
* A number of infamously bad {{Slasher Movie}}s, such as ''Blood Tracks, Camp Slaughter, TheDrowningGhost, DeathAcademy, Madness'' and ''Blood Runs Cold''. It's worth to note that the Swedish Film Insistute [[WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob does not usually support horror films]] so therefore the majority are made by self taught filmmakers using their own money.
* After ''Literature/LetTheRightOneIn'' and ''Film/{{Frostbite}}'', vampires having fun in the winters. FridgeBrilliance due to the longer nights. Especially since Northern Sweden has [[TheNightThatNeverEnds polar night]].
* [[HornyVikings Vikings]] of course.
* Parodies of ''Film/TheSeventhSeal'' (especially the scene where MaxVonSydow is playing ChessWithDeath) are not uncommon in American media, and they often include a fair attempt at talking actual Swedish.
* The TabletopRPG ''TabletopGame/{{KULT}}'', one of the darkest out there.
* In a refreshing change, the film ''Film/ShowMeLove'', while hardly all sugar and light, is still the single most adorable film about SchoolgirlLesbians in Western media you will ''ever'' see and swept the Swedish equivalent of the Academy Awards in 1997, defeating, of all things, Creator/JamesCameron's juggernaut ''Film/{{Titanic|1997}}''.

!! See also:
* SwedishMedia

[[folder: The Swedish Flag ]]

->Like all other Nordic flags, this one takes after the design of the Danish flag, the ''Dannebrog'' (cross with one axis aligned to the hoist). Its blue field and gold cross alludes to the national coat-of-arms, which shows three golden crowns on a blue shield.
->'''JustForFun/{{Statler| And Waldorf}}:''' Yuoo knoo vhet zee vurst theeng ebuoot Svedee is?\\
'''[[TheStinger Waldorf]]:''' Yeeh. It isn't Nurvey de bork bork!\\
'''[[ThoseTwoGuys Both]]:''' Duhuhuhuhuhuhuh!