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On this site we utilize the terms “Swedish” and “Swede” with reckless abandon. What exactly is a Swede, and what precisely does Swedish mean?

According to Webster’s New World Dictionary, 2nd edition:
Swede (swed) n. 1. a native or inhabitant of Sweden.
Swed ? ish (swe´dish) adj. of Sweden, its people, their language, etc. –n. the North Germanic language of the Swedes.

1. What and where is Norrland?

Norrland is the region north of the Stockholm area, which comprises a little over half of Sweden. Norrland consists of nine provinces: Gästrikland, Medelpad, Ångermanland, Hälsingland, Jämtland, Härjedalen, Västerbotten, Norrbotten and Lappland. Unlike the larger, densely populated cities such as Stockholm and Gothernburg, Norrland is sparsely populated, except for in the coastal areas.

2. What the hell does one eat there?

To many visitors Swedish food is an acquired taste, and consists of a great deal of bread, fish, shrimp, and meatballs. Palt is very popular in Norrland. Moose meat is very well-liked as well, but is more exclusive to the southern area of Sweden.

3. Where on Earth is Skellefteå?

Skellefteå map.
Here is Skellefteå.

4. Do I have to know Swedish if I plan to visit?

No! The large majority of Swedes speak English, and at the very least understand it. Swedes even have a habit of utilizing English sayings when speaking Swedish. It is neat. While Arab and Swahili speakers can be looked down upon, unlike some other countries, Sweden does not frown upon English speakers.

5. Is the water safe to drink?

Yes! All throughout Sweden the tap water is very good.

6. What is the currency?

Sweden’s currency is the krona, equivalent to 100 öre. It is available in notes of 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1,000 kronor; coins 1, 5 and 10 kronor.

The 50 öre has become obsolete.

7. When is the best time to visit?

This largely depends on where you intend to visit and what your preference is as far as climate. In Norrland, for example, it can tend to be very cold except for during the summer, which boasts the most temperate weather, and tolerable atmosphere for visitors. Throughout other regions of Sweden the spring to summer months can be ideal for many.

8. How do I move to Sweden?

Check out our relocate to Sweden section.

9. Are all Swedes blonde-haired and blue-eyed?

No. As with most nations, Swedes come in all different shapes, colors, and sizes. Missfoster does notice that the Swedes that are blond, are very very blond. Due to the lack of sunlight most Swedes are fair skinned, though with Sweden’s current immigration policy this is quickly changing.

10. Where can I meet a Swedish girl?

There are lots of Swedish girls in Sweden. That would be where to start.

11. What does missfoster mean?

Missfoster means “freak” in Swedish.

12. What is quark cheese? I don’t know how to find it.

Quark is thinner than cream cheese. It is a form of Central European soft cheese which is especially popular in Germany. Finding quark cheese in other areas may be a challenge. If I’m not mistaken, Whole Foods carries it, but I need to confirm this. It can also be rather expensive, as this cheese is a bit fragile. If you are familiar with making cheese, quark cheese can also be easily made at home.