Monday, August 25, 2014

The LDS Church in Sweden

More important than the random tourist-y facts that I know about Sweden is the Church's history in Sweden, so here is what I have learned:

  • The first missionary to Sweden was a Swedish seaman (John E. Forsgren)
  • The first convert baptized in Sweden was Peter Forsgren in 1850
  • Many people converted from Sweden and moved to the United States to be with other Church members in Utah
  • The first LDS Temple was completed in Stockolm in 1985
  • Currently, there are around 9,463 members of the Church in Sweden and 40 congregations
  • There are around 180 missionaries in the Sweden Stockholm Mission

This is a picture of the Stockholm, Sweden Temple. Beautiful...

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Sweden: A Brief Overview

If you are anything like I was, this is probably what you know about Sweden:
-It is in Europe
-It is part of Scandinavia
-Vikings... I feel like they might be from Scandinavia and, therefore, Sweden

Considering that I will be spending around 18 months of my life there, I have been doing some pretty major research on the area. Here are a few of the things that I have found:

Geography and Climate
The southern part of Sweden has temperate climate due to the Gulf Stream (think Michigan-ish weather: cold winters, warm summers, lots of humidity)
Northern Sweden (near or above the Arctic Circle) has the natural phenomenon called polar night in which there is little sun during the winter and lots of sun during the summer
There are around 95,700 lakes in Sweden

People and Government
Around 9.7 million people in Sweden
15% of Swedes are immigrants
85% of Swedes live in cities
Sweden has one of the highest GDPs in the world
Considered to have the best health care in the world
Sweden is a neutral country

Moose are native to Sweden (300,000 to 400,000)
Reindeer live in Sweden!
Only 1% of waste in Sweden ends up in a rubbish dump

H&M, Volvo, and IKEA are all from Sweden
The 3-point seat belt was invented by a Swede

Swedes consume a lot of sugar
Typical foods: Meatballs and potatoes
Pickled herring is considered a delicacy
Lingonberries are used in lots of dishes
Fika occurs everyday (it's like coffee break or tea time) and includes a dessert

For more information, visit Sweden's Official Site: