Top ten reasons to hate Swedish Midsummer
Published: 20 Jun 2014 10:05 GMT+02:00
Okay, we love Midsummer. But one must admit... there are a few things that get on an expat's nerves. We asked, you answered.
Midsummer is the high-time of year in Sweden. It's bigger than Christmas. Swedes are at their silliest and happiest, dancing around like frogs and being generally merry.
Yes, it's a jovial day. But that doesn't mean it's all strawberries and cream. We asked you what you don't like about Midsummer (and thought about it ourselves). And we have a consensus:
There are most certainly things to hate about Midsummer.
IN PICTURES: Top ten reasons to hate Midsummer in Sweden
Read the list and feel that you're not alone. We've all been there. Got one we missed? Or do you think Midsummer is all good? Leave your comments below.
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