Thursday, January 12, 2006

6 Things you Never Knew About Sweden

Every January the Swedish Statistiska centralbyrån (SCB) publishes a wonderful book crammed with facts and figures about the Sweden country and its people.

If you can endure ploughing through the 800 pages of charts, spreadheets and lists you'll discover some illuminating facts about this amazing country that you probably never knew.

Below are 6 Swedish stats for you to use to amaze your friends with, get that all important promotion at work or use to finally win a game of Trivial Pursuit.

Warning: I've made two of these facts up. Can you guess which ones? Answers in a couple of days.....

1. The average Swedish marriage lasts 10.4 years. This means I should be filing my divorce papers some time in November this year.

2. The average life expectancy for a Swedish man is 77.79 years, and 82,26 years for a women. This clearly illustrates my long-held belief that women always get the last bloody word in.

3. There are 17,472 registered plumbers in Sweden. Not one of them was able to help me fix my bathroom on time.

4. The hottest day in Sweden ever was recorded in Målilla in Småland, which roasted in 38 degrees, while Vuoggatjålme in Lappland shivered in -52 degrees. This also confirms my long-held belief that you should never live in a place you can't pronounce.

5. 1.8 million Swedes went fishing in 2004. This is a funny enough fact without me attempting to try and add to it.

6. The top 15 most popular family names in Sweden end with son. Like Johansson, Erikson, and so on.

7 Comments:

At 12:41 pm, Blogger Sloth said...

kay here is my guess without cheating...

4. The hottest day in Sweden ever was recorded in Målilla in Småland, which roasted in 38 degrees.

No way it ever got that hot in Sweden. Swedes melt when it gets over 30 degrees.


6. The top 15 most popular family names in Sweden end with son. Like Johansson, Erikson, and so on.

This can't be true. Not even Swedes are that unimaginative.

 
At 1:55 pm, Blogger Darren said...

Sloth,

You got one out of two, or, if my maths is correct, a 50% score in which half of your answers were right.

The false fact you did pick out was the one about the family names.

In fact it's the top 20 most poular names in Sweden that end with son.

 
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At 4:31 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

even swedes aren't that un imaginative? What's thnat supposed to mean?

Ok, it is true, bu there are lot of other Swedish family names that doesn't end with son. I know a lot more people that don't have a family name with "-son" than people who do.

And about the 38 degreeds, it has happened ..

 
At 12:09 am, Blogger Not Afraid To Use It said...

I just came across your blog, and I have to say I'm sad you haven't kept up with it. As an American who used to live in Sweden, I would have really enjoyed hearing your expat perspective!

 
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