10 YouTube clips about Swedishness

What is Swedishness? Well, it’s a very broad concept, with social codes that take years to master. As an introduction to all things Swedish, we at Sweden.se have compiled ten YouTube films – for your enjoyment and enlightenment.

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#1 Swedishness
In Sweden, the same rules apply to everyone. Check out Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt’s cameo at 1:45 – he actually has the nerve to dodge the very important task of emptying the dishwasher at work!

#1 Swedishness
In Sweden, the same rules apply to everyone. Check out Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt’s cameo at 1:45 – he actually has the nerve to dodge the very important task of emptying the dishwasher at work!

#2 Will Ferrell Explains a Christmas Tradition
An American instructing an Englishman in the art of singing Sweden’s most popular aquavit song. How could this one not be a hit?

#2 Will Ferrell Explains a Christmas Tradition
An American instructing an Englishman in the art of singing Sweden’s most popular aquavit song. How could this one not be a hit?

#3 Ten Swedish Words You Won’t Find in English
The Swedish language boasts some impressive verbs and adjectives that get to the point quickly.

#3 Ten Swedish Words You Won’t Find in English
The Swedish language boasts some impressive verbs and adjectives that get to the point quickly.

#4 Surströmming! You Asked, We Delivered
In many cultures, eating rotten stuff is considered barbarian. Not in Sweden, where fermented herring is a delicacy.

#4 Surströmming! You Asked, We Delivered
In many cultures, eating rotten stuff is considered barbarian. Not in Sweden, where fermented herring is a delicacy.

#5 Like a Swede
In gender-egalitarian Sweden, men can have it all. Enough said.

#5 Like a Swede
In gender-egalitarian Sweden, men can have it all. Enough said.

#6 Ten Good Things to Know About Sweden
An accurate and informative little film, which explains the etymology behind ‘lagom’ among other things. Take this film with a pinch of salt – the average Swede is not quite as dull as portrayed here.

#6 Ten Good Things to Know About Sweden
An accurate and informative little film, which explains the etymology behind ‘lagom’ among other things. Take this film with a pinch of salt – the average Swede is not quite as dull as portrayed here.

#7 Swedish Midsummer for Dummies
Okay, we’re blowing our own trumpet a bit here. We actually made this film. But nothing is more Swedish than Midsummer.

#7 Swedish Midsummer for Dummies
Okay, we’re blowing our own trumpet a bit here. We actually made this film. But nothing is more Swedish than Midsummer.

#8 A Classic Swedish Date
Englishman Big Steve has thoroughly grasped the art of dating, Swedish style. Right??

#8 A Classic Swedish Date
Englishman Big Steve has thoroughly grasped the art of dating, Swedish style. Right??

#9 How to be Swedish
This video blogger does have a few points, we have to admit.

#9 How to be Swedish
This video blogger does have a few points, we have to admit.

#10 Meatball Massacre
Whoever thought making meatballs, the most Swedish of foods, could be this macho? Pardon the presenter’s foul language.

#10 Meatball Massacre
Whoever thought making meatballs, the most Swedish of foods, could be this macho? Pardon the presenter’s foul language.

Last updated: 10 June 2014

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