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Energy from renewables

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Swedes lives in a city

Swedes love their coffee

Few people drink more coffee than the Swedes. In Sweden, coffee drinking is fostered through a tradition called fika – in which friends, family or colleagues meet for coffee or tea, often with something sweet on the side. Most Swedes will enjoy at least one fika a day as an opportunity to bond.

Be on time

It is common knowledge here that ‘time’ should be respected at all times – regardless of whether you’re going for an interview or a friendly fika. Meetings will start on time with or without you. The bus leaves on time with or without you. Swedes value punctuality.

Tap water is better than bottled

Drinking straight from the tap is the norm in Sweden. The tap water in Östersund is very clean and fresh, so you can save both Your money and our environment by not buying bottled water while You are here.

Keep that plastic bag

Think twice before you throw away a plastic bag. Most Swedish grocery stores charge you for plastic or paper bags in an effort to keep waste low and encourage recycling. Swedes like to keep it sustainable.

 

Cash is no longer king in Sweden

Ask a Swede when they last paid for something in cash. The probable answer is last month or week. Digital payments via card or mobile apps are so common and trusted that many Swedes no longer carry cash. We even let our kids pay with cards.
The majority of retailers like handling less cash. Swish and mobile payment methods such as iZettle make it easier for small business owners to operate cash-free.

National emblems of Sweden

Among the Swedish national emblems are the blue and yellow flag, two coats of arms, Three Crowns and the national anthem.

Varied scenery with a rich wildlife

With its variety of landscapes, Sweden has everything from bears and wolves in the north to roe deer and wild boar in the south. Much of the Swedish landscape is dominated by coniferous forests such as pine and spruce.

 

“Republic of Jamtland”

The United Republics of Jamtland, Herjeådalen and Ravund (often shortened to the Republic of Jamtland) is a humorous culture and marketing project or micronation, with regionalist and historical elements based in the Swedish County of Jämtland, located in the middle of Scandinavia. From the 10th to 12th century Jamtland was self-governing and was independent of any crown, hence the name “Republic of Jamtland”. It was annexed in 1178 to the crown of Norway.