Is it me or are the Swedish better at everything? I’m flush with Scandi Fever at the moment after frequenting the Scandinavian Film Festival, binge watching “Bonus Family” on Netflix and devouring meatballs. Minimal design, blonde people, cinnamon buns, latte papas. I want to go to there.

Flat-packs: While it’s true I can’t find an exit or put together a flat-pack if my life depended on it, I still love Ikea. The simplicity, the price, the exotic sounding names, the pictures of the bespectacled designer. I say ja ja ja! Ditto the clothing wonderland of H&M.

Skarsgard: Look no further than this acting dynasty as proof of the superiority of the Swedes. Be it a Stellan, Alexander, Gutaf or a Bill. I’m IN Viking! Nordic Noir has garnered mainstream acclaim for it’s bleak stark simplicity. While some of it is a bit Noir for my frothy taste, I appreciate the honest black humour of the TV Shows and films I’ve been viewing. Some of the main characters are even quite unlikeable. That gives me a nakenchock *

 Latte Papas: Sweden offers 480 days of parental leave and it’s frowned upon if Dad’s don’t take it. The result is that “Areas of Stockholm are now rife with ‘latte dads’ – typically youngish, bearded men carrying their babies in slings or hanging out with their toddlers.”* I do love sighting doting Dads being patient in the supermarket, playful in the park and cheerful at a crowded animated feature. More of this please.

Forest schools: “There is no bad weather, there are only bad clothes”. This Swedish saying demonstrates the hardy attitude to getting outdoors in all weather. Forest schools encourage children to explore, climb and take risks, something I think we should encourage more of here rather than plastic playgrounds and I-pad screens. The extreme contrast in light and temperature of the seasons is also something I’d like to experience.

So excuse me while I enjoy a Fika* dreaming of all things Swedish…

Love and light and kyssar* xxx Yvette

 

*Literally “naked shock”

‘Ogooglebar’ … and 14 Other Swedish Words We Should Incorporate Into English Immediately https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/03/ogooglebar-and-14-other-swedish-words-we-should-incorporate-into-english-immediately/274383/

*Read more at https://www.businessinsider.com/sweden-maternity-leave-paternity-leave-policies-latte-dads-2018-4#jull6sBEvIwsRdLZ.99

*Fika is considered a social institution in Sweden; it means having a break, most often a coffee break, with one’s colleagues, friends, date or family. The word fika can be used as both verb and a noun.

*kyssar=kisses