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10 Reasons Why I'm Happy I Was Born in Sweden

 
Happy National Day of Sweden! 🇸🇪 
 
We Swedes are extremely bad at celebrating our national day, most of us do not even know why we have one. It might not be so odd since June 6 only been Swedens national day since 1983, and a public holiday since 2005 which might explain why we still haven't got the hang of it. I think we have to look at our neighbors Norway to see how a proper national day should be celebrated ;)
 
I would still like to take this opportunity and write a post about my wonderful home country since I think it deserves some extra love and celebration today. I know that I complain a lot about Sweden during the winter months and make fun of how stiff we are to strangers, but I would never wish that I've been born somewhere else.
Here are 10 reasons why I'm happy I was born in Sweden:
 
 
1. You can travel to 176 countries without a visa with a Swedish passport
Only people from Germany can travel to more countries than us (177, to be exact).
 
2. Education in Sweden is completely free
We also get free food when we're there and a grant every month.
 
3. Same-sex marriage is legal in Sweden
And same-sex couples are also allowed to adopt.
 
4. Swedes are bilingual since we learn both Swedish and English in school from a young age
We also put subtitles on English movies and TV-shows instead of dub them like many other European countries do.
 
5. Sweden has a day in October where we celebrate the cinnamon roll
Enough said.
 
 
 
6. Sweden has a feminist government and takes gender equality seriously
According to the European Institute for Gender Equality, Sweden has the best gender equality in Europe. 
 
7. Everyone is allowed to have 5 weeks of vacation each year
Of these, you are entitled to a four-week continuous vacation during June-August.
 
8. Sweden has "Allemansrätten" which is the right of public access to nature
This means that everyone has the right to camp and roam freely in nature as well as pick wild berries, flowers etc.
 
9. 99% of Swedens waste gets recycled
We take climate change seriously and every household recycles their own waste.
 
10. Sweden has a good reputation abroad
Just being a Swede have solved a lot of problems while I've been traveling.
 
 
"Sweden has it all: high-quality exports, a tolerant society, low crime, beautiful cities to visit, a high standard of living, a mild climate, and a strong sense of business. Sweden received the highest marks among all countries for perception of an effective government and ranked second among respondents for appealing environment and its advanced economy. It is seen by many as safe and welcoming." - Business Sweden
 
 

Kalmar Castle - Kalmar, Sweden

 
The most famous thing about Kalmar must be Kalmar Castle.
 
The history of this legendary castle goes back 800 years and it has played an important part in the Swedish history. It has been everything from a fortress defending Sweden from Denmark, to a royal palace that the family Vasa rebuilt into a Renaissance palace after European fashion. Today, the castle is open for visitors all year long and is the best preserved Nordic Renaissance castle. 
 
 
 
Inside the castle, you can explore everything from astonishing dining rooms to cold and creepy dungeons. There all also a lot of interactive things to do if you bring kids here. I would recommend starting on the first floor which is more of a museum with information about the castle and end your tour on the second floor where they have recreated all the rooms to how they looked back in the 16th century, but that's up to you! We did the opposite and it was a bit disappointing going from all these great renaissance rooms to small rooms with information text everywhere ;)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Quick facts about Kalmar Castle
 
Name: Kalmar Slott
Built: During the 12th century
Visitors: 92 000 annually
Entrance fee: Differs a lot between ages and time of the year, but we paid 430 SEK for two grownups and three under the age of 26 years during the off-season at the beginning of April
Location: Kungsgatan 1, Kalmar
Opening hours: Open daily 10 am–4 pm. Longer opening hours during summer
Guided Tours: Possible in both Swedish and English
 
My rating: 
★/★★★★★
 
 
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Mahalo - Stockholm, Sweden

 
One of my favorite restaurants/cafes in my hometown Stockholm is Mahalo.
 
The place is beautiful, the staff super friendly and everything I've tried on the menu is delicious - and none of the things I mentioned is even the best part! The best thing about Mahalo is that everything is vegan! I try to eat as much vegan as possible because of both environmental and ethical reasons and it's just so easy to make a good and sustainable food choice at this place. Its full name is Hälsocaféet Mahalo, which is translated to "Health café Mahalo".
 
It's quite a small restaurant and it's really popular so it's often crowded around lunch, but if you come here early or late, it's a fantastic place to bring your computer and get some work done in a lovely environment. I saw a post on Instagram that they recently opened up their terrace in the back for the summer so I'm guessing that I'm going back there pretty soon!
 
 
 
Quick facts about Mahalo
  
Name: Hälsocaféet Mahalo
Menu: Smoothie bowls, wraps, burgers, falafel, pancakes, smoothies, milkshakes etc. Everything vegan!
Location: Hornsgatan 61, 118 49 Stockholm
Opening hours: Monday - Friday 9 am - 7 pm, Weekends 10 am - 6 pm
Other: Dogs are allowed!
 
My rating: 
★★★★★/★★★★★
 
 
 
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