Swedish traditions

5 Swedish traditions you might not know about!

Have you been to Sweden or is it somewhere you are thinking of going? There are some super Swedish traditions you might not know about, which we have written about below:


Swedish Christmas takes place on 24th December each year which I’m sure you know is traditionally Christmas Eve in many other countries, including the UK and US. Swedish Julaftonis a time for families and friends to reunite, share lots of tasty food and give each other gifts. The celebrations usually start in early afternoon when everyone gathers together, this is then followed by dinner (Julbord), before Santa visits! The day ends on a high with present opening and spending more time together.

‘Fika’ – coffee break

This is one of the first words you’ll need to learn when you go to Sweden. Fika roughly translates into a coffee break, and let me tell you, the Swedes love to ‘fika’!

Nicotine Pouches

Have you heard of nicotine pouches? Nicotine pouches are tobacco filled pouches which are consumed by putting the little pouch under your upper lip. It’s a very traditional product in Sweden and the concept was first introduced by Swedish Match, who started manufacturing a product that did not taste or smell like tobacco, but provided a good delivery of nicotine.

While nicotine pouches are completely free from tobacco, they contain nicotine extracted from the plant Nicotiana tabacum. You can choose from a wide range of strengths, brands and flavours like coffee, cinnamon and mint for a smoke free experience!

Swedish traditions

Våffeldagen (Waffle day)

A Swedish tradition I could definitely get on board with! The Swedes are known for making some of the best waffles worldwide with all sorts of tasty toppings. On 25th March each year, they celebrate Waffle Day, traditionally topped with cream and jam.

Midsummer’s Eve

Midsummer is a hugely popular celebration steeped in history in Sweden. Midsummer’s Eve is always celebrated on the Friday between 19th and 25th June. Festivities include dancing around a Midsummer pole covered in leaves and floral wreaths, on Midsummer’s Eve. Lots of adults and children wear floral wreaths on their heads too and common food eaten includes herring, salmon, new potatoes and strawberries. Swedish people all over the world celebrate Midsummer’s Eve.

Mad about the meatballs

There are many culinary classics in Sweden but meatballs are surely their most well known? This wholesome family friendly meal has spread in popularity to other countries and in Sweden, it is usually served with potatoes. Though personally, I prefer it with pasta! Have you tried it?

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