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10 great things we have thanks to Sweden

10 great things we have thanks to Sweden

10 great things we have thanks to Sweden 1. The Pirate Bay

The Pirate Bay is a Swedish file-sharing website, used to search for BitTorrents and one of the largest facilitators of illegal downloading in the world.

10 great things we have thanks to Sweden 2. Ingmar Bergman

Anyone who’s at least a little into art or film knows Ingmar Bergman. Woody Allen called him the greatest film director of all time. His best films are The Seventh Seal and wild Strawberries.

10 great things we have thanks to Sweden 3. Absolut Vodka

Larson Olsson Smith, Swedish spirits manufacturer, created Absolut in the 1877. Absolut Vodka became the most internationally distributed alcoholic spirit in the world.

10 great things we have thanks to Sweden 4. ABBA

Everyone knows the “Dancing Queen” from ABBA. This famous band was formed in 1972 and broke up in 1982. They influenced the future artists and recognized themselves aesthetically too, wearing capes, space boots, jumpsuits, robes and swimsuits.

10 great things we have thanks to Sweden 5. H&M

If you’re into fashion you sure know that H&M is the second largest clothing retailer, behind the well-known Zara and ahead of GAP Inc. Earling Persson founded the company in 1947 and H&M’s quarters are now in Stockholm.

10 great things we have thanks to Sweden 6. IKEA

IKEA has become the largest furniture retailer in the world. It was founded in 1943 by Ingvar Kamprad.

10 great things we have thanks to Sweden 7. Pippi Longstocking

Some may still remember Pippi Longstocking’s t.v. series and films. She was created by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren.

10 great things we have thanks to Sweden 8. Alexander Skarsgard

This attractive Swedish actor gained reputation for his role as Eric Northman in the popular HBO series True Blood

10 great things we have thanks to Sweden 9. The girl with the Dragon Tattoo

This Swedish novel became a bestseller in the United States after it was published and turned into a major film directed by David Fincher (director of Fight Club). Originally titled ‘Men who hate women’ by Stieg Larsson, the novel was inspired by Larsoon’s guilt over not helping a friend whose assault he witnessed when he was 15.

10 great things we have thanks to Sweden 10. Vikings

‘Vikings’ actually meant ‘to go on an expedition’ or ‘to go raiding’. This word immediately conjured up pigtails, horned-hats and longships with dragons carved in the prow. From here, our love for the Vikings began.

 

 

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