S and I spent the last week in Sweden, a country I have always wanted to visit! We spent the majority of the trip in Stockholm, the capital city of Sweden (and Scandinavia as well).
Since we were in Sweden for a week, this post had the potential to get a little wordy and repetitive (i.e. ‘Sweden is awesome!!!!’) so I thought I’d keep this post to the top 5 highlights and fun facts.
1) IKEA is King
You may have gathered from my living room redecorating post that S and I are IKEA fans. Well, that is nothing compared to the Swedes. As you may know, IKEA is originally from Sweden. Everywhere we turned, we saw IKEA cutlery, mugs, candles, you name it. The largest IKEA in the world is in Stockholm, but unfortunately we didn’t get a chance to see it.
2) Astrid Lindgren’s Novels
Astrid Lindgren, the famous children’s book author of Pippi Longstocking, the Emil series, and other books, is beloved in her home country of Sweden and around the world. S and I visited a few Astrid Lindgren sights, including 2 film locations for the movie adaptations of Lindgren’s stories ‘Emil’ and ‘Bullerbyn’.
Pippi Longstocking books and merchandise are everywhere in Sweden – it makes me want to familiarize myself with those books and movies!
3) Road Trip to Småland
Though S and I spent most of our time in Stockholm, we did detour out of the capital for 3 days to visit Mariannelund and Vimmerby, two small villages in the picturesque Swedish province of Småland. A Swedish friend of S’s that we visited said that Småland is known for 6 things:
- Glass blowing artists
- The inventor of the zipper (who I thought was Canadian, but apparently was a Swedish-American man)
- The hymn ‘How Great Thou Art’
- Astrid Lindgren
- Polkagris – peppermint-flavoured striped candy sticks
Småland is a beautiful province rich in lakes and forests. I’m glad we got a chance to leave the capital to see some of the countryside!