Average Swede likes sweets, booze, and TV
Published: 19 Jan 2012 12:30 GMT+01:00
Updated: 19 Jan 2012 12:30 GMT+01:00
The average Swede is 40+, munches on a weekly bag of sweets, washed down with a glass or three of alcohol, while relaxing in front of the TV, according to the 2012 Statistical Yearbook of Sweden from Statistics Sweden (Statistiska Centralbyrån -SCB).
Maria Johansson and Mikael Johansson, 42 and 40 years of age respectively, are the embodiment of what Statistics Sweden call the average Swedes or "Medelsvenssons".
The couple is married and have two children together. Maria works within the care sector and Mikael works in manufacturing.
The Johansson family live in a detached house worth approximately 1.3 million kronor ($190,500), they drive a silver coloured Volvo and have an internet connection in their home.
Their two children, Simon (15) and Emma (12) have their own rooms, and each own a mobile phone and a bicycle.
Maria and her husband have a monthly disposable income of 47,000 kronor and their expenses amount to approximately 35,000.
The average Swede also like to eat sweets and drink alcohol.
In Maria's household they eat about 1.3 kilogrammes of candy and consume the same amount of pastries.
During the week she will share a bottle of wine with her husband, as well as drink three cans of full strength lager.
Both will also imbibe 7 centilitres of hard liquor a week.
Maria will come out of this binge better than her husband, who will have the beer belly to show for it. 61 percent of Swedish men between 35-44 are overweight, compared to 29 percent of the women.
This despite the fact that Swedish men and women both spend an average of 36 and 34 minutes respectively on sports and outdoor activities per week.
But men also spend more time just watching TV or listening to the radio with 140 minutes to the women's 118.
Women in Sweden also spend 43 minutes a week cooking, while men spend 26 minutes doing the same.
On an average week in Sweden, 1,142 boys are born, of which 21 will be called Oscar.
The same week will see the birth of 1,082 girls, of which 17 will be called Maja. 1,971 people will get married while 900 will get divorced.
Six murders/manslaughters will be committed in Sweden during an average week, 1,690 assaults and 330 sexual offences, of which 115 rapes will be reported to the police.