In pictures: 15 times Stefan Löfven looked incredibly Swedish

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In pictures: 15 times Stefan Löfven looked incredibly Swedish
Swedish prime minister Stefan Löfven trying to look relaxed in a hammock. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

From The Local's archives: Sweden's prime minister isn't afraid of a silly photo-op: put a can of fermented herring in front of him, and he'll smell it. The Local rounds up the best images of Stefan Löfven looking like the stereotypical Swede.


Article originally published in 2017.

Last winter Löfven posed for pictures while riding a snowmobile. But it is not the first time the Swedish prime minister has been in very Swedish situations. We went through the archives and found this:

1. That time he smelled (and ate) fermented fish... and enjoyed it

Only a real Swede gets that close to a newly opened can of surströmming. Photo: Susanne Lindholm/TT

2. That time he showed India how to tackle an Ikea box

Löfven unpacking a model of an Ikea store in India. Photo: Tobias Osterberg/TT


3. That time he cruised on a snowmobile in freezing cold Jämtland

Löfven, Stefan Löfven. Photo: Robert Henriksson/TT

4. That time he took workplace safety seriously in Tidaholm

Löfven making sure everyone has their hi-vis vests on at a factory in Tidaholm. Photo: Adam Ihse/TT

5. That time he sat as far from everybody as possible in parliament

Löfven likes to sit by himself, even in parliament. It's the Swedish way. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

6. That time he got into Sweden colours for Euro 2016

"We only lost 1-0! High five!" Photo: Marcus Ericsson/TT

7. All those times he went in for the traditional Swedish hug

Löfven isn't afraid of a good old-fashioned Swedish hug. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT

8. That time he ate liquorice flavoured ice cream (and enjoyed that, too)

Only a Swede would think combining liquorice and ice cream is a good thing. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

9. That time he left his car at home and took the train to work

Löfven stepping off the train to Uppsala from Stockholm. Photo: Magnus Hjalmarson Neideman/SvD/TT

10. That time he unashamedly attacked fika

Buns, you say? Don't mind if I do... Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

This list was first published in February 2017 as a top-ten list. But then the pictures kept coming, so we just kept adding...

11. That time he took fitness seriously in Hofors

Löfven during a visit to a medical practice in Hofors. Swedes are nuts for exercise. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

12. That time he fell out of the hammock

Totally relatable though. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

13. That time he carried his food on a tray

Wondering what he had for lunch? Falukorv, bostongurka and mashed potato. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

14. That time he went sailing with an enormous Swedish flag

Löfven on a ferry between Oskarshamn and Öland. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

15. Another time he took workplace safety seriously

Will these protect me against the opposition? Photo: Thomas Johansson/TT


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