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Sweden was the birthplace of EF Education First as a small summer language program founded in 1965 by Swedish national, Bertil Hult. EF originally stood for "Europeiska Ferieskolan" (European School Holiday). It was officially changed to mean Education First to reflect the company's evolution into a global education company. Sweden is a Nordic country on the Scandinavian Peninsula in Northern Europe. At 450,295 sq km, Sweden is the third largest country in the European Union by area, with a total population of about 9.4 million. ranks first in the world in The Economist's Democracy Index.


Capital

Stockholm

Government

Parliamentary Representative Democracy under Constitutional Monarchy

Language

Swedish

Currency

Swedish Kronar (SEK)


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"We have hosted four students from Sweden, and they will all be part of our family the rest of our lives. We even picked up a little Swedish along the way!"

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Toast Skagen
Ingredients
3 1/2 tablespoons mayonnaise
3 1/2 tablespoons creme fraiche
3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill, plus dill sprigs, for garnish
1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
1 pound precooked peeled small shrimp (preferably Swedish) or rock shrimp, patted dry and cut into 1/2-inch pieces if large
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
4 slices white Pullman bread, crusts removed, bread cut into 4 triangles
16 lemon wedges, for serving
Directions
 

Stir together mayonnaise, creme fraiche, chopped dill, lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl until well combined. Stir in shrimp.

Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a skillet over medium-high heat, and saute half the bread triangles until golden brown and crisp. Transfer to a plate, and saute remaining bread in remaining tablespoon butter.

Spoon a generous amount of shrimp mixture onto toasts. Garnish with dill sprigs. Serve with lemon wedges. Shrimp mixture can be refrigerated 1 day.

Fun Facts
  • Sweden has around 9.6 million people, about as many as North Carolina.
  • Sweden is 173,745 sq. miles, about the same size as California.
  • The Nobel Prize Ceremonies are held in Sweden and Norway every year.
  • Pippi Longstocking is one of the most famous children's figures to emerge from Sweden.
  • Famous Swedes include Anders Celcius, Bjorn Berg, Alfred Nobel.
  • Ikea, a well-known furniture store, originated in Sweden- you can even buy Swedish meatballs there!
  • The World Economic Forum ranks Sweden the #1 country in the world in gender equality.
  • Because the sun does not set for several weeks in the summer months, Sweden is popularly known as "The Land of the Midnight Sun."
Hello

Hej
How are you?

Hur mår du?
I AM SO EXCITED TO MEET MY SWEDISH EXCHANGE STUDENT

Jag ser fram emot att träffa min svenska studenter
EF IS A SWEDISH COMPANY!

EF är ett svenskt företag!