I have lived 24 years abroad totally since from that I was 20- and I worked for a full year on a cruise liner. So roughly 30% of my life, I have been away from “my land”… but my heart has always been blue & yellow – instead of fading with time the colors have become more intense.
I love my land, Sweden (Sverige), for what it has been, what it’s and for what it stands for and given to the world. We are only 9 million – but we carry the consciousness of the whole world. *smile A big brother complex, maybe – an American journalist calls Sweden for a country club.
Sweden is great, but far from perfect for all of us living here.
And I feel so mightily when I see the Swedish flag somewhere during my travels around the world or any of our world famous brands- I just thing our flag is one of the most beautiful ones. For us Swedes our blue and yellow flag symbolizes the Swedish summer with the sun’s yellow color on the clear blue sky.
As cloud over this post have I chosen Volvo’s version of our national anthem, re-arranged by musician Max Martin – Du Gamla Du Fria (You Old You Free) – read by our mega soccer star, Zlatan Ibrahimović – the second most expensive player in the world.
Suddenly is our national anthem being recognized also by the young, I think it’s a brilliant thing what Volvo did. It stands for the new Sweden, today built on so many different nationalities. Zlatan is born in Sweden, but his dad is from Bosnia and Muslim. Mom is from Croatia and Catholic.
Like Volvo and Zlatan …. am I made by Sweden. And I’m proud ….
“We are all different and yet the same.”
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