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Thanks to Ikea most folks have tried at least one Swedish dish, visit the food hall and almost everybody is rushing to find a table eager to tuck into a mound of meatballs with lingonberry jam. Yummy, yes, but certainly not the only dish Sweden has to offer.

Short summers have by necessity resulted in a nation of expert picklers and salters, they have pretty much all methods of preserving grub down to a tee including lye.  Fish, especially herring, pork, beans, rye, potatoes, wild berries, mushrooms and peas feature heavily, reindeer and elk (delicious by the way) are not uncommon and popular herbs and spices include cardamom, dill, white pepper and allspice.

We opted to try a pea soup (artsoppa), pork dumplings (smalandska kroppkakor) and chocolate cake (kladdkakka).

RECIPES (click to view full recipe)

We Listened to

AT A GLANCE

POPULATION: 9.6 million (2013 – World Bank)
CAPITAL: Stockholm
LANGUAGE/S: Swedish
AREA: 450,295 km2

HOW DO YOU SAY?

HELLO Hallå
PLEASE Vänligen
THANKS Tack
CHEERS Skål
BON APPETIT Smaklig måltid
GOODBYE Adjö

Further Reading

Recipes (in english)
Recipes (in native language)