Food in Sweden is similar in many ways to the cuisine of the other Nordic nations with Potatoes playing a big part in the national diet. Having said this though there are many particular dishes and eating habits that play a large part in the life of the Swedish.
Thanks to a vast amount of Northern seas on its borders, Sweden has a good supply of excellent fish and seafood as well as some of the worlds finest freshwater fish from the many lakes spread throughout the country. If you visit Sweden during the month of August you would be foolish to miss out on the Kraftskivor, also known as Crayfish which becomes the national dish at this time of the year.
One of the most famous of Swedish dishes is the Smorgasbord, a sort of Swedish Tapas. Served at lunch, and mostly only at special occasions now, Smorgasbord is a selection of anywhere between 40 and 100 dishes ranging from smoked herring through to Reindeer. Another traditional favourite is Surstromming, fermented herrings. These herrings are sold in cans and have a very strong pungent smell, something to be either loved or hated!
Tourists, backpackers and modern day explorers with nomadic traits are in for a real treat upon seeing the historical architecture of Sweden and the most beautiful Botanical gardens in Europe. There are so many things to experience like rare bird watching and immerse in the cold wildlife. At night and if tourists come at the right time of the festivities, Rock, Jazz and Opera music festivals are frequent happenings in Sweden.
One of the peculiarities of Swedish cuisine is the Thursday diet of yellow pea soup followed by pancakes. Said to come from times past when Thursday was the day that the maid had off, this tradition is something that thrives throughout Sweden.
Kottbullar, Swedish meatballs are another very traditional Swedish dish and something worth trying during your stay.
Sweden is a nation of coffee drinkers and are also the largest consumers of Milk in the world. The purchase of alcohol in Sweden outside of bars and restaurants is restricted to state run shops known as Systembolget in an effort to curb alcohol related problems. One Swedish spirit worth trying is Branvin, a Swedish Vodka.