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Foodie Favourites: Northern Europe

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One thing that many probably don't think much about when visiting different countries is that each country has some dishes that define part of its culture. In this list of inspirations, we're taking a look at northern Europe.


Northern Europe

In this inspiration list it will be about Foodie Favourites in the following countries in northern Europe:

  • Denmark
  • Sweden
  • Norway
  • Finland
  • United Kingdom

These countries have a lot of things in common, and one of them is good food. A lot of hidden gems that deserve attention. In addition, these countries offer a lot of great restaurants selling all these delicious foods.

Smørrebrød - Denmark

"Smørrebrød" is one of the most popular foods in Denmark. In all its simplicity, Smørrebrød is rye bread with toppings in different combinations, which gives a taste experience out of the ordinary. 

Following is what a piece of Smørrebrød could look like: Buttered rye bread, smoked tenderloin, scrambled eggs, fresh chives.

Danes tend to put things on Smørrebrød that you wouldn't immediately think would fit on any bread. But when these ingredients are combined with other ingredients, it just tastes great.  


If you find yourself in Denmark, we definitely recommend giving Smørrebrød a try - you won't be disappointed.

Köttbullar - Sweden

 Have you ever been to IKEA? If you have, and you went to their cafeteria, you will most certainly have seen many people eating "Köttbullar".

Köttbullar is crispy and tender meatballs consisting of a combination of beef and pork. They are best served with mashed potatoes and something you must not forget; SAUCE. The sauce is essential if you're looking to get the most optimal taste experience.


Also, if you haven't tried köttbullar before, don't go to IKEA to try it.

Go to an actual restaurant that makes everything from scratch. It's relatively easy to find a restaurant in Sweden that serves Köttbullar, so it shouldn't bring you too much trouble.

Lefse - Norway

"Lefse" is a traditional Norweigan dish. They look a lot like pancakes, although it's a little different.

Potatoes are one of the ingredients in Lefse, which is.. different, but actually really nice!


The way it works is; you roll them together and dip them into water. You then dip them into some sort of condiment.

They can be served with many things but are best served with sugar, cinnamon, scrambled eggs, or butter.


If you visit Norway, you need to try Lefse. Maybe even try to make them yourself, as it is not too complicated of a process.

Stegt flæsk - Denmark

If you ask all Danes what their favorite dish is, a large proportion of them will probably say "Stegt Flæsk".

It is Denmark's national dish and consists of oven-roasted pork belly, potatoes, and a parsley sauce. 


The most essential things when making Stegt Flæsk is to make sure that the slices of pork belly are thick and crispy and that the sauce is full of flavor and thick enough to stick to the potatoes.


Many traditional danish restaurants serve Stegt Flæsk, so make sure to give it a try when visiting Denmark.

Salmiakki - Finland

If you like liquorice, you should try "Salmiakki". It's salty liquorice and is beloved in almost all nordic European countries and especially in Finland.


Liquorice is not for everyone, and it's a taste that you need to get used to, to like it - just like coffee or beer.


Although, when you get used to it, Salmiakki is an excellent form of candy that is not so different from wine gum, chocolate, and hard candy.

Worth mentioning

There are simply so many more amazing dishes from the north, so if you're in northern Europe, do yourself the favor of trying many different things so you don't end up missing out on a good taste experience - you'll regret it. 


Below is a list of some interesting dishes that didn't make it to the list above:

  • Yorkshire Pudding (UK)
  • Pinnekjøtt (Norway)
  • Æbleskiver (Denmark)
  • Kladdkaka (Sweden)
  • English Breakfast (UK)
  • Mämmi (Finland)
  • Frikadeller (Denmark)
  • Lutefisk (Norway)
  • Lohikeitto (Finland)
  • Shepherd's Pie (UK)


There's nothing left to say but good luck with the food experiences and Bon appetite!