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Swedish phone line: call a Swede

Swedish phone line: to mark the 250th anniversary of the abolition of censorship in Sweden, Swedish Tourism has created a Swedish phone line which will connect you to a random Swede. This makes Sweden the first country in the world to have its own telephone number. Svenska Turistföreningen (The Swedish Tourist Association) invites you to “Get connected to a random Swede and talk about anything“.

Ever wanted to know how to make the perfect Swedish meatballs, how to pronounce ‘Ikea’ like a Swede or more about Malmö, where the Nordic Noir thriller The Bridge is set? Now it will only cost you a phone call to Sweden, to find out.

What is the Swedish phone line? The number is +46 771 793 336. The line is staffed by volunteers, some just wanted to practice their English – though, despite what they often tell you, I am yet to meet a Swede who speaks English badly!


Swedish phone line etiquette

Apparently, some Swedes might get irritated if you ask them about Ikea furniture and ABBA, so be considerate when coming up with your question! Another potential pitfall is confusing Sweden with Switzerland. Sweden, a Scandinavian country, is in Northern Europe, while Switzerland is an Alpine country is Central Western Europe. So avoid asking Swedes about cuckoo clocks, Swiss cheese or army knives!



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The post image was captured in medieval Gamla Stan (The Old Town) in Sweden’s capital Stockholm. It shows a Swedish phone box (telefonkabin), which dates from the same period as the famous British red telephone boxes. See our previous post for information on Stockholm walks to discover the Scandinavian capital.
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