Can you believe it, I've gone graphic?!?
It wasn't an easy decision, in my tiny blogging world.
But what, you non-Swedes may ask, does that strange-looking tube of toothpaste have to do with learning Swedish the hard way?
That is no toothpaste. It is a tube of fish roe, mixed with sugar, salt, tomato paste and potato flakes. And for me, more emblematic of Sweden than just about anything else, including the flag, Crown Princess Victoria, H&M or a Volvo 740. Probably even more of a true symbol of Sweden than Abba is. The only thing equal to Kalles Kaviar would be Ikea. But who wants a picture of Ikea on the top of their blog when a tube of Kalles Kaviar is so much more graphically pleasing?
And somehow, more appropriate, since it is perhaps as difficult a taste to acquire as the Swedish language. (Although to be honest, I've always rather liked it squeezed onto a boiled egg instead of salt.)
The Swedish word for the day is ikoniskt. It means, of course, iconic.