Sweden is where the Sun must shine a little brighter, for everywhere we looked, there were smiles and laughter. Listed as one of the top happiest countries in the world, Sweden is where we got acquainted with knowledge, humbleness, art, and the yacht culture. Also, the Swedish culinary delights and techniques we never knew off. But above all, we figured a zillion reasons to be here, and love Sweden. And so, we decided to share with you the top 10 of our discoveries and inspirations.
Sweden Loves Dogs
Sweden loves dogs, and so do we! Dogs melt our hearts with their wagging tails, and puppy eyes, while leaving us helpless to hopeless. We can’t trace how far back pet-keeping goes but, we can tell you Swedish pets are far luckier than the rest of the world. Wherever we went, we saw people taking their furry pets on a walk, or to the exercise parks and miles of open fields for them to stretch and run. In fact, most shops in Sweden feature a special section for Dog gifts. On the whole, life in Sweden is a paradise for these cuddly companions of humans. Who, are dressed stylishly, groomed incredibly and trained gently.
The Swedish delights had us drool at every corner. From the remarkable meatballs, farmed Salmon, pickled Herring to ocean-fresh Crayfish, we tasted and loved it all. A large part of Swedish food traditions also includes the use of lingonberry, blueberry, butter, margarine and olive oils. Even though, the desserts take the cake away. Besides, the fear of tooth decay keeps Swedes away from desserts all week long, except for Saturdays when indulgence, is unleashed into a sweet disposition. Regardless, the yoghurt and caramel cakes are incredible for what it’s worth.
Curators of Sweden
Curators of Sweden is a project which lets a different person manage Sweden’s official Twitter account every week. Being the first country to hand over its Twitter account to its citizens, Sweden has taken the initiative of social change to another level. We are impressed!
Education in Sweden
Sweden is a liberating country for both students and employees. The Swedish government offers an allowance of $200 to aspiring students and restricts working hours to a cycle of six, for the adults. As per the Swedish law, the country feels obligated to pay every student SEK 1,050 each month by default. In all certainty, Sweden believes that education is the only powerful weapon, that can change the world.
The Swedish Escapade
The Swedish escapade lets you walk into a picture-perfect postcard, except it’s for real. Built on fourteen islands, and surrounded by numerous mountains and coastal colonizations, Sweden is where luxury meets nature at every step. Which reminds us of the Golf Club installed, on the border of Sweden and Finland. This one retains half of the golf ball landing holes, in one country, while remaining in another. That’s a new one, considering you get to play an international tournament without having to compete nationally.
The Power of Swedish Passport
They say, if you have a British, Finnish, or Swedish passport, you are in for a big travel surprise. For these passports offer more visa-free travel than any other country in the world. That’s splendid for frequent travellers and travel bloggers because the more you travel, the richer, you become.
Paid Parental Leave
Sweden facilitates up to 480 days of paid parental leave to parents who give birth or adopt a child. Having said that Sweden, has banned spanking or any other form of corporal punishment since 1979. After all, it is easier to build up a child than it is to repair an adult.
Swedes are the REAL Democrats
In 1979, when homosexuality was classified, a disease in Sweden, most Swedes called in sick at work, claiming they felt gay. Now that what’s we call putting democracy to the right use.
Blood Donation in Sweden
Donating blood in Sweden is followed up by governmental gratitude. Meaning every blood donor first receives a ‘Thank you’ text, when they donate the blood, and a second text when the blood is used to save someone’s life. It’s almost heroic to find out that you have saved someone’s life and that solely must inspire an individual to do greater deeds in the future.
Last but not least, despite being one of the largest producers of weapons, in the whole-wide-world, the military power of Sweden has not participated in wars for over 200 years.
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