theatlantic:

Everything We Thought We Knew About the Swedish Chef Is Wrong

Boorishly, we just lump everyone into the same “Scandinavian” group, calling him Swedish because, well, that’s his name. Who knew the Swedish Chef would be at the source of so much cultural misunderstanding? But it seems clear from this piece that America needs to try harder. Sweden is not just Ikea, ABBA, Dragon Tattoo books, and meatballs. Sweden is most definitely not a Muppet, even if this particular Muppet has become a thorn in Sweden’s side. Though some say there’s a definite Julia Child quality to the chef, and an actualSwedish chef claims he was the inspiration for the character, it turns out Henson’s inspiration for his chef may have simply been some Berlitz tapes.

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I love this part:

[Swedes] don’t think he’s funny, partly because the nonsense he speaks is interpreted as Swedish, or Swedish-sounding, a fact “bewildering and annoying to Swedes,” writes Stahl … To Swedes, the chef sounds Norwegian.

theatlantic:

Everything We Thought We Knew About the Swedish Chef Is Wrong

Boorishly, we just lump everyone into the same “Scandinavian” group, calling him Swedish because, well, that’s his name. Who knew the Swedish Chef would be at the source of so much cultural misunderstanding? But it seems clear from this piece that America needs to try harder. Sweden is not just Ikea, ABBA, Dragon Tattoo books, and meatballs. Sweden is most definitely not a Muppet, even if this particular Muppet has become a thorn in Sweden’s side. Though some say there’s a definite Julia Child quality to the chef, and an actualSwedish chef claims he was the inspiration for the character, it turns out Henson’s inspiration for his chef may have simply been some Berlitz tapes.

Read more. [Image: Flickr/Harsh/Light]

I love this part:

[Swedes] don’t think he’s funny, partly because the nonsense he speaks is interpreted as Swedish, or Swedish-sounding, a fact “bewildering and annoying to Swedes,” writes Stahl … To Swedes, the chef sounds Norwegian.

Finally watched last week’s Community last night. This stuck out to me.

As a Swedish-American, that is the worst thing one can call a Swede.

A Finn, I mean. They’re not even Scandinavian. They’re not.

Oh Sweden, jag älskar dig.

thedailywhat:

Meanwhile, In Sweden of the Day: What do you do if you’re a member of the Swedish Air Force and you find yourself with access to a fighter jet and a bunch of free time? Strap a sled to it, of course!

That’s a no brainer.

[neatorama.]

Jag älskar Sverige.

(Source: thedailywhat)

I just love this paragraph

A famous incident took place when Þorgnýr the Lawspeaker told the Swedish king Olof Skötkonung that it was the people that held power in Sweden and not the king. The king realized that he was powerless against the thing and gave in. Main things in Sweden were the Thing of all Swedes, the Thing of all Geats and the Lionga thing.

(Wikipedia)

I love Ikea.

I love Ikea.