Scandinavia and the World
Nordics like Fish

Nordics like Fish

Many many Swedes and Norwegians have suggested that I made a comic about “surströmming”, which is mainly a Swedish dish, but can also be found in some parts of Norway. It smells so bad that it is mainly eaten outside in the summer, and many Swedes enjoys exposing Danes to it just to see their look of horror at the smell.

Hákarl is a special Icelandic dish made of rotten shark, that is more traditional than normal, though you can still find it in supermarkets. It is said to be the most disgusting food in the world.

Pickled herring can be found in all Nordic countries, and is particularly popular in Denmark. In fact, a Danish adult who doesn’t like pickled herring is seen as rather weird.

And non of this is of course supposed to be eaten like this. You are supposed to put it on bread. :XD:

And to the newcomers: “Skål” is the Nordic word for “cheers”.

29th December 2009

Tagged in Denmark Sweden Iceland Norway

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20 M
4 hours ago #9378515        

@Kalastajamoraali I am one of the younger generations that still appreciates Surströmming. Alot of people think you're supposed to eat it as is, but the fact is that you're supposed to eat it with some Tunnbröd (swedish Thin bread), and with other toppings of your liking.

Together they all taste great! I mean, even Jamie Oliver ate it and agreed!

Oh and by the way, Pickled herring is huge in sweden. Love it, die for it, it sells out during Easter, Midsummer, and Christmas or other celebrations.

So I'd like to withdraw Sweden's claim of it being disgusting in this comic.

4 days ago #9376532        

Jag älskar mina fiskar som är inte ruttna.

Seriously my fellow scands, why all the rotten? It's not like we eat 'mämmi' which looks like cow dung or poo (but doesn't smell! and tastes good!)...


19 M
1 month ago #9362643        

Don't forget our pee'd on, fermented herring that Is then buried In the dirt for weeks ^w^

1 month ago #9360886        

@LazuliTintomara Specifically lye, I think. As in, the stuff you use the clean ovens that will give you severe chemical burns if you touch it.


1 month ago #9360787        

i agree with denmark, fish should be fresh,smoked,salted or pickled. NOT rotten

2 months ago #9354199        

I think I will stick to my canned tuna.


20 F
2 months ago #9353093        

"Lutefisk" is more common in Norway.

3 months ago #9351599        

Something a lot more common to eat in Sweden is lutfisk (ludfisk in Danish), not many like surströmming but lutfisk is a Christmas tradition. It takes weeks to make lutfisk, you put it in some kind of posion?
(I only eat vegetables so this is not my expertise)

3 months ago #9343518        

Aa long as you don't eat hagg


34 M
4 months ago #9334183        

I... I think i will stick with my pickled herring and pickled northern pike.

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