Food traditions

What do we eat, and when, how and why? Food is associated with human survival, but also with social patterns - meetings, experiences and traditions are created around food. This applies to both preparing ingredients when cooking food and routines around the mealtimes.

  • Kroppkakor (dumplings)

    16 October 2020

    The tradition of making dumplings has a strong connection to the island of Öland but it also occurs on the island of Gotland, in Småland and in Bleki…

  • Lamprey fishing

    24 August 2020

    Fishing for lamprey with special basket traps is a very old tradition. Smoked and salted lampreys were being supplied to the royal court as early as …

  • Semlor

    5 February 2020

    Eating and baking semlor is a widespread tradition in conjunction with Shrove Tuesday. The tradition has existed since the Middle Ages, although the …

  • Hand net fishing tradition in the Torne Valley

    15 October 2018

    Fishing for whitefish and salmon with hand nets is a traditional fishing method that is still being practised in the various rapids of the Torne Vall…

  • Peppermint rock making

    12 July 2018

    Peppermint rock is a (most often) white mint-flavoured confectionery stick with a red spiral along the whole stick.

  • Gummekaka (Christmas cake)

    12 April 2016

    In Torestorp and Älekulla in Västergötland, a round cake is baked on the day before Christmas Eve that is often shaped like a wreath – this is known …

  • Smörgåsbord

    19 February 2016

    A Smörgåsbord is a collection of hot and cold dishes, which can be combined to form a full meal. The Smörgåsbord is eaten during annual celebrations …

  • Fäbod culture

    19 February 2016

    A Fäbod can be described as a form of small-scale farms where the animals are sent to a pasture for summer grazing, consisting of a number of buildin…

  • Fika

    26 January 2016

    The Swedish "fika" can have multiple meanings, but it is usually associated with taking a break (e.g. from work) with one or more others, t…