• Sweden edition
 
Average Swede likes sweets, booze, and TV

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

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.

Related links:

The Local/rm (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

13:21 January 19, 2012 by SimonDMontfort
...compared to ...what exactly? Last time such a survey was done? And the trend is...?

(Had problems getting the link to work)
13:29 January 19, 2012 by HYBRED
1.3kg of candy and the same of pastries, plus 7cl of hard liquor. Shortly you can add a liter of insulin to the list.
13:29 January 19, 2012 by SimonDMontfort
Ahh Right! Have the link now
13:37 January 19, 2012 by Kevin Harris
1.3 kilos of sweets a week!!!! Come on The Local, you have taken household averages and reported them as individual averages. Rewrite this please.
15:10 January 19, 2012 by KPA65
I wish....!

I'm hungry now!
16:18 January 19, 2012 by efm
That is probably the lifestyle of an upper middle class

typical American family of four!

The median income of the same family in the US is only about

$50,000, and where I live(suburbia), it is about $74,000.

The typical $74,000 income family of four, (US), will have a bigger house, two cars, 3-4 TVs, 2-3 computers, 4 cell phones,

more debts, perhaps pay a little less in taxes. The same income of $82644 converted from kronor, will prob. pay about

29-30% in taxes.

We don't munch that much on candies, but we eat more fast food, pizzas, etc., and drink more beer.
16:30 January 19, 2012 by Mark737408
who doesnt ?
17:20 January 19, 2012 by skogsbo
if this percentage of Swedes are overweight, then I must have my eyes closed. The biggest difference here is that you don't see clinically obese people every minute of the day, unlike the US or UK.

Even the stats given they are hardly binge drinkers or eaters. Many UK families drink more than that in a day, many days of the week. Many US families consume more than that per day, most days. Not spread over a week.

Is this a feel good article for the US or UK audience, so they can go aw look, the Swedes are lard a$$e$ just us ?!
20:15 January 19, 2012 by Mb 65
Tell me something new.
02:29 January 20, 2012 by zircon
You could write thousands of quotations on the mouth.
07:36 January 20, 2012 by philster61
Thats because the attractive young blonds are not going for the 40+
12:33 January 21, 2012 by mortlock
I know someone (Swede of course) who just had ther birthday - I was thinking I might be the sweets, booze and tv.Isn't it funny how though you advertise the reality of Sweden it just goes unnoticed like some kinds of asrtonauht girl nobody has ever heard of.Noddy information that we are mindful of Sweden's best - but maybe we could live alittle more in the milk and less on the booze (not that we drink).
23:53 January 24, 2012 by willowsdad
Hopefully average Swedes have the political moxie to smack their government down if it tries to do something about it.
Today's headlines
Donald Duck and Zlatan get Swedish votes
A political career for Zlatan? Some fans seem to want to see that. Photo: Peter Dejong/TT

Donald Duck and Zlatan get Swedish votes

The Bilderberg Group, the Satanic Initiative and Adolf Hitler all received votes in Sweden’s general election, according to a list released by the country’s electoral authority. READ  

Sport
Stockholm fails bid to host Euro 2020 games
The Swedish team in action. Photo: TT

Stockholm fails bid to host Euro 2020 games

Sweden's capital has missed out on a chance to host any Euro 2020 games, with Copenhagen the only Scandinavian city among the thirteen winning locations. READ  

Vicar: God rejects fans of women priests
Antje Jackelén, Archbishop of Uppsala, is the first woman to head the Swedish church. Photo: Stig-Åke Jönsson/TT

Vicar: God rejects fans of women priests

A Swedish priest has been fired after telling his congregation that people who support female priests would be rejected by God - despite the fact that his own church is led by a woman. READ  

Analysis
Women set to dominate top post-election jobs
Margot Wallström (right) could become Stefan Löfven's new Minister of Foreign Affairs. Photo: TT

Women set to dominate top post-election jobs

Sweden could soon get a female Foreign Minister, Fredrik Reinfeldt's ousted Moderate Party is preparing for its first woman leader and the grandmother of actor Hugh Grant's son is being tipped as Parliament's next Speaker. READ  

National
Sweden protests over Russian plane incursions
A Gripen plane was scrambled to see off the Russian planes. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Sweden protests over Russian plane incursions

UPDATED: Sweden has summoned the Russian Ambassador for a dressing down after two Russian planes violated Swedish airspace last week. READ  

Elections 2014
'Good prospects' for Alliance co-operation

'Good prospects' for Alliance co-operation

UPDATED: Social Democrat leader Stefan Löfven says he is positive that his party can co-operate with the former governing Alliance on some issues. READ  

Lifestyle
Introducing...Astrid Lindgren
Pippi Longstocking comes to live at the Astrid Lindgren theme park. Photo: TT

Introducing...Astrid Lindgren

The creator of Pippi Longstocking, Astrid Lindgren, is the most translated author from Sweden, and has filled children's imaginations since the 1940s. The Local finds out why her work has become a timeless classic. READ  

Scotland Decides
Sweden welcomes Scotland's 'No' vote
No supporters celebrate victory in Glasgow. Photo: Matt Dunham/AP/TT.

Sweden welcomes Scotland's 'No' vote

Sweden’s outgoing foreign minister Carl Bildt has welcomed Scottish voters’ decision to reject independence from the UK in Thursday’s referendum. The pound rose against the krona following the result. READ  

National
'Sexsomnia' addict cleared of rape

'Sexsomnia' addict cleared of rape

A Swedish man who had sex with a woman while he was asleep has been acquitted of rape because he suffers from "sexsomnia". READ  

National
Russian jets spotted in Swedish airspace
Russian Su-24 medium-range bomber, known by Nato as 'Fencer,' flies at undisclosed location in Russia in 2002. File photo: AP

Russian jets spotted in Swedish airspace

UPDATED: Two Russian fighter jets violated Swedish airspace on Wednesday, prompting the government to request an urgent report from the Armed Forces. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
The 'black gold' of Sweden's west coast.
National
West Sweden prepares for the 2014 lobster premiere
Society
What's on in Sweden
Politics
How Sweden Democrats went mainstream
Politics
Scandinavia and Scotland: closer links?
Gallery
Property of the week - Eskilstuna
Blog updates

19 September

Editor’s blog (The Local Sweden) »

"Happy Friday readers! It sure has been a exciting week in Sweden, where we’re set to get a new Prime Minister after Fredrik Reinfeldt stepped down following Sunday’s elections. The Local blogged live from the key political gatherings across Stockholm. Why not re-visit the action by taking a look at our photos, tweets, videos and analysis? Since the..." READ »

 

17 September

Deep election analysis (Blogweiser) »

"You think you’re bad? Well I’m American. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFbomLID0vU Deep deep analysis on Swedish election results. Vlog post: https://t.co/tjQgfa5Yie #svpol #val2014 #politics pic.twitter.com/oEK5ADFT8L — Joel Sherwood (@joeldsherwood) September 17, 2014 " READ »

 
 
 
Sponsored Article
How to start a business in Stockholm
Society
How I became a surf blogger when I moved to Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: September 13th
Society
Why is Stockholm's Södermalm so cool?
Gallery
People-watching: September 11th
Gallery
People-watching: September 13th
Politics
Five possible election outcomes
Politics
Sweden elections: How do they work?
Politics
Sweden elections: Who's who?
Gallery
Property of the week - Hornstull, Stockholm
Analysis
Five differences between the UK and Sweden
Welshman Jonny Luck is now a chef in Sweden
Society
How I opened my own restaurant in Sweden's Malmö
Sponsored Article
Stockholm tech fest: relive the magic
Gallery
People-watching September 8th
Photo: TT
Politics
Feminists fight for first seats
Politics
Immigration cut push from Sweden Democrats
Sheryl Sandberg says women have "low expectations"
Tech
Facebook exec talks women's limits in Swedish business
Politics
Left Party calls for justice and equality
Politics
Green Party wants 'better world' for kids
Lifestyle
The five best Swedish songs of the month
Sponsored Article
Introducing… Insurance in Stockholm
Sponsored Article
Graduates: Insure your income in Sweden with AEA
Sponsored Article
Introducing...Your finances in Stockholm
Sponsored Article
Introducing...Housing in Stockholm
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

881
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se
If you want to drink, that’s your business.
If you want to stop, we can help.

Learn more about English-language Alcoholics Anonymous in Sweden. No dues. No fees. Confidentiality assured.
AA-EUROPE.ORG/SWEDEN