Souvenirs from Sweden
Beautiful and stylish, Sweden provides a wonderful experience for tourists. As you visit the larger cities, pick up uniquely designed household products to make your everyday life a little simpler. Prefer something slightly more ornate? Swedish glass is world reknown for its beautiful glass. In the province of Smaland, you can visit glass factories and watch the artists at work, blowing and shaping new designs. If you are feeling particularly crafty, you can give it a try yourself. Refrigerator magnets, postcards, key chains and T-shirts are always perfect memorabilia from your travels, but for a truly authentic souvenir from Sweden, a Dala Horse, originating from the Dalarna, is beautiful and distinctive. Painted blue or orange, you can find them all throughout the country. If you happen to be driving around Avesta, keep your eyes peeled for the world's tallest Dala Horse near the highway.
Dinnertime in Sweden
Swedish food is a delightful mix of filling savory dishes and rich sweet treats. The meals needed to be hearty for the workers, who would often spend all day chopping wood. There are less woodsmen in Sweden today, but the culinary traditions carry on. Bread and potatoes provide the backbone for many of the dishes, such as Tunbrodrulle, a quick meal of bread wrapped around potatoes, a hot dog and vegetables. There are actually more types of bread in Sweden than in other countries, including flatbreads, hard breads and yeast loaves. The most famous dish in Sweden may be meatballs, served with potatoes, gravy and lingonberry jams. This tasty meal is served throughout the world. Pea soup and pancakes are a traditional Thursday dinner, hearkening back to medieval tradition when servants would have half the day off and employers would search for something easy to make.