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Swedish meatballs, mashed potatoes and lingonberry jam


Swedish food is very different in various regions. In the north for example, the climate is colder and therefore meats such as reindeer and other game-dishes are more dominant, some which have their roots in the Sami culture. In the south, the climate is much warmer and it’s more suitable to grow food such as potatoes, tomatoes and other vegetables.

The fertile landscape also contributed to create the Swedish ‘Husmanskost’, derived from ‘Husman’. This literally means “house owner’s food” or simply homely cooking. The term is used for the simple but nutritious countryside food people ate, as most farming jobs are tough with long days people needed the extra energy to survive. To this day, it’s associated with healthy and vitamin-rich food.

Sweden have since a long time ago been very open to foreign food, ranging from French cuisine during the 17th century to the sushi and cafe latte today. Pizza has also become an integral part of the country’s culture since the middle of the 19th century. In the 1980’s the same could be said about kebab, as many small restaurants specialise in such dishes.

Sources: – The official gateway to Sweden and Swedish Cuisine on Wikipedia

One Comment leave one →
  1. October 20, 2010 15:30

    I’m really glad we have the foreign food we have. There’s nothing like a delicious fresh pizza!

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