Swedes bite into bizarre Christmas holiday pizza

Emma Löfgren
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Swedes bite into bizarre Christmas holiday pizza
The Swedish Christmas smörgåsbord pizza. Photo: Private

A fast food restaurant in Karlstad is cooking up a storm with a unique Christmas twist combining Swedish favourites such as meatballs and pickled herring with Italian pizza.


At Kroppkärrs Pizzeria, diners can choose a special holiday pizza in the style of a Swedish Christmas smörgåsbord ('julbord'): fully equipped with traditional meatballs, cold-smoked salmon, sausages, eggs, ham, pickled herring and much more.

"Christmas is on its way so we were trying to decide what to do. It was actually our customers who recommended the Christmas smörgåsbord pizza and we thought why not," Metin Kizil, owner of the fast food restaurant in central Sweden, told The Local.

Metin Kizil with his Christmas pizza. Photo: Private

The odd creation is not the first extreme pizza to emerge in Sweden this year. In June a monstrous 'volcano pizza' that came with extra everything caught the attention in a nation that already has a fondness for unusual toppings.

"People have been pretty pleased. We sold two of them as soon as we started making them on Tuesday. They said they would come back for Christmas Eve," said Kizil.

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An actual Swedish Christmas 'julbord'. Photo: Carolina Romare/

You may think the tradition-loving Swedes would frown on anything meddling with their smörgåsbord. But Kizil insists the response has been positive.

"The pizza is divided into sections, so you don't have to mix it and eat everything. It's good for families, you can have maybe six people sharing it," said Kizil of the huge six-kilo pizza which costs around 1,000 kronor.

Turkey-born Kizil's own favourite on the smörgåsbord? Swedish Christmas ham.

"But I like a lot of things," he added.

The new pizza comes less than a week after The Local wrote about a strange twist on another beloved Swedish tradition: a scrumptious bun combining two of the nation's best loved sweet treats.


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