10 Fascinating Facts About Sweden

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Sweden has a history of fearsome Vikings who travelled all over the world, fighting people wherever they went! Today, Sweden is very different. We have 10 facts you should know about the modern Sweden.


1
Sweden pays students US$187 per month to attend high school.

2
There's a Golf Club on the border of Sweden and Finland: half the holes are in one country and half in the other.

3
In 1974, Kim Il-sung took 1,000 Volvo sedans from Sweden to North Korea and never paid for them.

4
Sweden has run out of trash so it's importing garbage from Norway

5
Swedish wasn't made the official language of Sweden until 2009.

6
Every year since 1966, the town of Gavle, Sweden, erects a giant straw goat for Christmas, and almost every year, vandals burn it.

7
File-sharing is an official religion in Sweden. It holds CTRL+C and CTRL+V as sacred symbols.

8
You can't name your child "Ikea" or "Elvis" in Sweden.

9
In 2011, a man was arrested in Sweden for splitting an atom in his kitchen.

10
Homosexuality was still classified as an illness in Sweden in 1979. Swedes protested by calling in sick to work, claiming they "felt gay."