Discover your Swedishness with 25 Sweden Challenge tasks
- Join the Sweden Challenge to discover Sweden in a more authentic and entertaining way
- Become a Master of Sweden, by solving all 25 tasks
Quick guide how to join
- Take a photo that shows you solving one of the 25 Sweden Challenge tasks (see below)
- Add the hashtag #SwedenChallenge and tag @hejsweden to the description of your publicly visible photo and publish it on your Instagram, Twitter or Facebook account
- The best contributions will be shared on Hej Sweden’s social media accounts.
25 Sweden Challenge tasks
- Have a fika
Eat a kanelbulle (cinnamon bun) and en kopp kaffe (a cup of coffee) in a Swedish café.
Order “En kaffe och en kanelbulle, tack!”
- Sit in the luggage space of a Volvo V70/V90
- Order a beer or cider
“En öl/cider, tack!”
- Get a nummerlapp
Nummerlapp is a ticket from a ticketdispenser. You find them in many stores, banks, post offices and pharmacies.
- Get godis (candy) from a godisvägg (candy wall in supermarkets) into a little paper bag
- Kiss a Swede
… on the cheek (at least). That should be someone who you haven’t know longer than maybe an hour.
(Of course, I can’t prove how long you knew the person. Just see is as an opportunity to strech your comfort zone a little and get to know a Swede with the excuse that you’re just participating in the Sweden Challenge. :))
So, even better, get a puss (kiss) from a Swede on your cheek.
- Drink a Swedish snaps after singing the song “Helan går“
- Listen to ABBA and make an ABBA (or 70’s) dance move
- Go by Swedish public transport (bus, subway, tram). Choose an empty double seat. Put an item on the seat next to you to mark that you want to sit alone. (Picture of that item on the seat.)
- Take a selfie with a moose (or moose sign) in the background
- Sing the Swedish national anthem, together with a Swede. Show your best singing skills or pose (if you post a photo instead of a video)
- Try a kebabpizza together with vitkålsallad (kale salad)
- Go into a Swedish souvenir shop and get an item with a Swedish flag on it (can be anything, from a fridge magnet, key ring to an actual Swedish flag)
- Go to an Ikea store, lay down on one of their beds and pretend you’re sleeping
- Eat köttbullar
(Pronounce correctly while ordering. Now that you already are at Ikea. ;) )
- Go to Systembolaget to buy a systemetpåse (Sytembolaget’s plastic bag) and carry a bottle or can of … (whatever you like) in it
- Take a picture of you in front of a typical Swedish red house (rött hus med vita knutar)
- Stand in a queue with an appropriate Swedish distance to the person in front
- Have a barbecue, while trying not to get bitten by a mosquito.
- Show your love to nature (What about doing so by hugging a tree?)
- Swedify your first or last name. If impossible, choose which Swedish names you’d like to have in case you’d be a Swede.
- Play kubb (Viking chess)
- Make a midsommarkrans (midsummer wreath)
Even though it’s maybe not exactly on midsummer. But just to get a little feeling of this Swedish tradition. Put it on your hair and dance like little frogs in a circle. Ask a Swede for proper instructions
- Open a can of Surströmming
But first, let a Swede explain to you why NOT to open it inside a building. It’s up to you if you want to try to taste Surströmming
- Jump into a Swedish lake from a brygga (bridge)
Lycka till! Good luck!
To learn more how to act like a typical Swede, read How to be Swedish – A Quick Guide to Swedishness – in 55 Steps.