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 Iceland Denmark Norway Sweden

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7 hours ago #9392160        

In Germany, we just are common. Shrimp, Trout, Carp. Oh! But herring IS a big part of the culture and economy.

1 day ago #9391572        

one day in school one icelandic kid in my class brought fermented shark. literally the whole building (really big i tell you) smelled. (un)luckily the school didn't get evacuated.

12 days ago #9385812        

IKEA has introduced pickled herring to the UK and I'm quite fond of it. A lot of it is sold, so many in the UK like it, evidently.


37 M
24 days ago #9380181        

@Svear Pickled herring is a thing in Finland too, especially when paired with new potatoes :)



20 M
26 days 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.

30 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
2 months ago #9362643        

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

2 months 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.

2 months ago #9360787        

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

3 months ago #9354199        

I think I will stick to my canned tuna.

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