Heja Sverige!

Today is the National Day of Sweden. It’s also International Kiss a Swede Day. In the interests of common decency, I won’t tell those of you who don’t already know what “kiss” means in Swedish. Look it up.

Here is the most random photo I could find.

It’s a fairly low-key day. In fact it didn’t even become a “red day” (that is, a national holiday) until 2005. Swedes, it would seem, are a little uncomfortable with celebrating their Swedishness and tread carefully on their national day.

After all, that could lead to patriotism, which could lead to nationalism, which would naturally lead to National Socialism (Nazis).