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About the size of California, Sweden is one of the northernmost countries in Europe, partially extending into the Arctic Circle. Although much of Sweden is characterized by uninhabited wilderness, urban pleasures are readily available in metropolitan centers like Stockholm and Gothenburg. Meatballs, the country’s most famous dish, are indicative of the down-to-earth, simple, and satisfying nature of Swedish food. Due to the country’s long, cold winters, many traditional recipes lack a variety of fresh vegetables, and instead make ready use of winter-resistant fare like turnips and potatoes, which accompany most entrees of fish or meat. For special occasions like Christmas, Swedes often enjoy a smorgasbord, a buffet serving a variety of cold and hot foods. Traditionally, cold dishes — such as herring, jellied eel, and cured salmon — start the meal, followed by hot dishes like sausages, meatballs, and "Jansson's temptation,” which includes potatoes, onions, cream, and fish called sprats. On Thursday evenings in Sweden, it is customary to sit down for a dinner of pea soup, flavored with bits of pork, followed by a dessert of pancakes and lingonberries.

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