Game of Thrones: how it’s based on Sweden

The blockbuster TV show Game of Thrones is meant to be pure fantasy, but a closer inspection suggests this isn't the case. In fact, we've found ten sure-fire indicators that the fictional land of Västerås, err... Westeros, is actually based on Sweden.

Game of Thrones: how it's based on Sweden

If you’ve been left scratching your head at the water cooler recently while your colleagues discuss dragons, inappropriate nudity, people called Lannister and Stark, and that wedding scene, you’ve clearly not been watching the Game of Thrones.

The show, a swashbuckling rampage of fantastical fiction, is based on the equally successful books by US author George R. R. Martin. And while many astute fans and historians have pointed out similarities between events in the show and those throughout European history, we’ve taken things a step further – we found that Game of Thrones is based on Sweden. Probably.

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You may have already noticed that Westeros sounds suspiciously like Västerås. You may have even noticed that one of the key characters looks and dresses scarily similarly to Sweden’s own Prince Carl Philip.

Or maybe you don’t know a thing about the show but want to find a reason to get into it. Well, today’s your lucky day. We’ve gathered ten undeniable reasons why the show everyone’s talking about is based on humble old Sweden.

Click here to read them, but be quick… winter is coming.

Oliver Gee and Ann Törnkvist

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Sweden’s ten greatest winter Olympic heroes

With the Winter Olympics in Sochi just days away, The Local offers up our picks for the greatest Swedish winter Olympians of all time. How many have you heard of?

Sweden's ten greatest winter Olympic heroes
Who do you think ranks among the best Swedish winter Olympians ever? File photo: TT

On Friday, athletes from 88 countries around the world will gather in Sochi, Russia for the XXII Olympic Winter Games to show off their skill and endurance on the slopes or on the ice.

Sweden is sending 106 athletes to Sochi, all of whom are hoping to come back home with a gold of their own.

RELATED GALLERY: Ten greatest Swedish winter Olympic heroes

It's no surprise that Sweden, with its relatively wintry climate, generally performs well at the Winter Olympics, having picked up 129 medals, including 48 gold ones, since the first Winter Olympic Games in Chamonix in 1924.

When it comes to medal success, cross-country skiing is the sport where Sweden has had the most success, picking up 63 medals overall, including 27 golds (sounds impressive until you realize Norway has 96 cross-country skiing medals).

It's no surprise, therefore, that there are a couple of cross-country skiers included in our list of Sweden's ten greatest winter Olympians. But a couple of sports where Swedes have excelled might surprise you.

So, take a moment to impress your Swedish friends and in-laws when you tune in to the games in Sochi and have a look at our who's who when it comes to Swedish Olympic greatness.

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