Archive for the Sweden Category

Sweden’s World Cup

Posted in Sweden with tags , , , , , on May 5, 2010 by Stephen Johnson (Jonk87)

The title is of course ironic because Sweden are not in the world cup.

Their Scandinavian neighbours, Denmark, pipped them to a world cup spot by one point. Their exit comes down to the fact that Denmark beat them on their home turf – ultimately making it their own fault.

My girlfriend is gutted and she only pretends to like football – god help the real fans over there.

Many Condolences and a video to cheer you up  –  a very funny and bizarre moment which makes some great footage and helps the Swedes to remember that even in dire times they can still be successful.

There’s always 2014.


England (Newcastle), Sweden (Lund) and Google Earth!

Posted in Sweden with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 27, 2010 by Stephen Johnson (Jonk87)

This is very, very cool for my blog. I have discussed in several posts the comparisons between Lund and Newcastle.

This post gives the reader the opportunity to explore both places themselves on an interactive map.

Take a look at some of the 3D images I took from Google Earth of Lund and Newcastle – feel free to look around the map and search out other landmarks.

For the Newcastle 3D map, I have focused the location on the Tyne River. You can see the famous, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, in the far right of the map and the Millennium Bridge is the furthest bridge away.

For Lund’s 3D map I have focused the location on their famous University. Swedish users please leave a comment of other locations and I will search them out and add them to future posts.

I appreciate this is bias because I have a better knowledge of Newcastle compared to Sweden

Enjoy, scan around the maps yourself and feel free to comment or ask questions. You may need to download a plug in for Google Earth, for full accessibility. Use the shift button while clicking on the map to change your view and double click your mouse on the map to zoom in.

Wordle’s depiction of my blog

Posted in Sweden with tags , on April 8, 2010 by Stephen Johnson (Jonk87)


Click the link to see the photo enlarged

Anyone can use this for any website and it automatically creates a word cloud of the URL. All can be seen on

Donald Duck (Kalle Anka)

Posted in 1, Sweden, Sweden with tags , , on March 9, 2010 by Stephen Johnson (Jonk87)

So, I expect many may ask: Why should Donald Duck, or Kalle Anka as he is known in Sweden, be a part of the Totally Sweden blog? Does he bare any particular significance to the Swedish Culture?

Well….I am pleased to suprise you and announce – quack quack yes he does!

I have recently been informed by my girlfriend that in Sweden, on Christmas Eve (similar to our Christmas Day,) every year around half of the Swedish population tune in to watch the same episode of Donald Duck at 3PM.

I was also told that this is a Swedish tradition dating back to 1959. Apologies, and no disrespect, but in the past she has told several white lies to test how gullable I can be, so I had to check it out!

So, I looked it up and sure enough this time it was the truth. So there you go! Every Christmas Eve at 3pm, about half of the Swedish population sit down and watch the same episode of Donald Duck they have been watching for oveKalle Ankar 50 years!

I have taken the liberty  to embed part of the christmas episode so others can have a taste of the Swedish Christmas and our Swedish readers can enjoy and reminisce on last years festivities.

Enjoy, and please state your thoughts in the comment section.

A student’s knowledge of Sweden

Posted in Sweden with tags , , , , , , , , on February 27, 2010 by Stephen Johnson (Jonk87)

Today in class, I was given the opportunity to collect some video footage for my blog. 

I selected students at random and asked them to tell me all they knew about Sweden in under 30 seconds. The catch being, they didn’t know what I was going to ask until filming was underway.

I have embedded the video below for you all to see some of the clever, not so clever and funny responses.


Nightlife (Part 2)

Posted in Sweden with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 22, 2010 by Stephen Johnson (Jonk87)

I have now experienced, first hand, the nightlife in Lund, Sweden.

I had expectations of what it would be like from a video I found on youtube,which has since been posted on this blog, titled, ‘nightlife’.

The video, linked above, is set in Stockholm so there will be a difference to a degree. Nonetheless, it still enables me to make a direct comparison between nightlife in Sweden, compared to England.

I have decided to evaluate it based on four attributes.

– How busy the bars and clubs were

– Overall cost of the night

– Friendliness of the people in Lund

– Personal enjoyment

Firstly, when we first arrived in Lund, the streets were empty. It reminded me of the opening scene of Vanilla Sky, where Tom Cruise was driving around in a deserted Time Square. I was starting to prepare myself for a quiet night – nothing like what the youtube video had led me to believe ( a disapointing start.) Later, however, the nightclub we ended up in was very busy which resulted in a successful, enjoyable nightout.

I had previously been warned about the cost of drinks in Lund. However, I was still suprised by how much the bars and nightclubs overpriced the drinks. To put this into context, I travelled to Sweden with 1,800 Kronor – around 150 pounds to last the week. The majority of this money was spent on this night out – this was attempting to go out on a budget as well.

The majority of the people in Lund were very friendly and welcoming. As Lund is a well established university town, there are a lot of international students as well. I was suprised by how fluent in English most people were and this helped me to settle in and feel welcome. The only time I didn’t feel welcome was on theway home when I was giving the taxi driver directions to where I was living. He could not understand what i was trying to say and, in turn, became agitated.

He then said to me: “Listen, In Sweden…We speak Swedish…nothing else.”

Other than that, the night was very enjoyable. I would rate the nightlife 7 out of 10 – It was not as ‘wild’ as the video on Youtube may have suggested, but for a town with a population of just over 76,000, their was still an impressive atmosphere and a good time to be had.

The better breakfast: England vs Sweden

Posted in Sweden with tags , , , , , , on February 18, 2010 by Stephen Johnson (Jonk87)

Since leaving Newcastle to travel to Lund, I have noticed some significant differences in culture between the two. The first I would like to discuss is the differences between the breakfasts.

The one thing I have missed the most since being here is a bacon sandwhich. Second to that, I have quite significantly missed my sausage sandwhiches. Generally, an English breakfast would either consist of cereal, a bacon/sausage (or both) sandwhich, The Full English Breakfast (sausage, bacon, egg, black pudding, beans, mushrooms, toast,) or, if being healthy, porridge.

The Swedish breakfast has more variety, it seems  normal to have a bit of everything. For this first time in my life I had a mix of cereal, porridge and sandwhiches with coffee and orange juice. Also, for the first time I had cinnamon on my porridge – I had heard of a Cinnamon Latte in Costa Coffee but this was a new experience for me. I have taken some photos of my breakfast this morning so people could see and compare.

Judge for yourself which is better! One thing is for certain, the Swedish breakfast is far from being a good hangover cure compared to an English fry up. However, the Swedish way certainly seems a lot healthier.

Please check out the pictures and tell me which you think is best and why in the comment box below the pictures.

Swedish breakfast