Can you guess Sweden’s favourite emoji symbols?

Swedes have a reputation for being both shy and addicted to smartphones, so what do the most popular emojis reveal about the habits and feelings of people in the Nordic nation?

Can you guess Sweden's favourite emoji symbols?
Swedes love using emoticons. Photo: TT
The red heart emoji* is the most popular symbol used by tech savvy Swedes, suggesting that while small talk might not come easily to many, there's plenty of passion bubbling underneath the surface.
Analysts at SwiftKey, a company that makes smartphone keyboards, looked at more than a billion pieces of emoji data as part of a two-step study designed to reveal how different languages around the globe are using the symbols.
They also discovered that despite Sweden being famous for crisp breads and sweet buns, the loaf of bread emoji is used more by people typing in Swedish than those using any other tongue.
Plus despite the country's strict alcohol policies, the symbol for two beers is used at double the average global rate.
Swedes use small pink hearts, high five symbols and winks more often than the global average. They are less likely than most to insert a crying cat, an angry red face or a weeping yellow face into their messages – perhaps a nod to the Nordic nation being one of the happiest in the world.

Photo: The Local
Swedes also appear to have strong love for a certain bearded gift-giver rumoured to be dwelling in the North Pole. Along with Norwegians and Danes, Swedes used the Santa emoji more frequently than those writing in all other languages. 
The SwiftKey research into Scandinavia's SMS habits, was picked up by the Swedish media on Monday, less than six weeks after the company released the first part of its global study, which suggested that several other European nations live up to their cultural sterotypes when sending texts.
Spaniards were found to be using the 'party-time' emoji more often than the global average, while the passionate French also showed some love for the red heart. German speakers demonstrated that a yellow face showing an ear-to-ear grin and crying with laughter was their favourite symbol.
The latest report also revealed that Finnish speakers are eight times more likely to use more black moon emoji. The report's authors suggest that this is perhaps a nod to the nation's long, dark winter nights. However the symbol was not among the most popular in other parts of sun-starved Scandinavia.
* Note: for those living in the stone age, an emoji (or emoticon) is any kind of pictograph used in instant messaging. The first symbols were made popular in Japan.


Watch this Swede’s incredible marble machine play music

He's making a noise with a unique instrument that creates music using 2000 marbles.

Watch this Swede's incredible marble machine play music
Gothenburg musician Martin Molin with the unusual contraption. Photo: Samuel Westergren
The unusual wooden machine, crafted by musician Martin Molin, 33, makes tunes using marbles which travel along tracks and interact with drums, cymbals and a vibrophone.
Using engineering and physics expertise, the contraption is powered using a hand crank which kick starts the process, mobilizing a central wheel which shoots the small round balls into action.
The impressive music created sounds as if it has been produced by multiple musicians or a complex computer programme.
A video of the completed project, produced by fellow Swede Hannes Knutsson, had scored more than 55,000 views by 5pm on Wednesday, after being uploaded just a day earlier.
Meanwhile social media also cranked into action as fellow Swedes and global fans alike sounded off about the invention.

Molin, who hails from Karlstad in central Sweden, but is now based in Gothenburg and plays in the band Wintergatan, spent 14 months bringing his idea to life, despite first imagining it would only take two.
He recently joked on the project's website that the initiative had been far more tricky than he imagined.
“The closer the machine gets to be finished the harder it gets to finish it. It is strange how that happens, when the finish line is in sight, everything slows down automatically except the avalanche of new unforeseen problems,” he said. 
“We need to start making music now and spend less time picking up marbles from the floor soon soon soon. But it is happening.”