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
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