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A scandalous revelation: How the Swedes stole their national product from the Turks

The country known for IKEA makes a confession that shocks the entire world

Source: Money Review

Sweden, the country known for our beloved Ikea and being the welfare state, confessed on Twitter today, citing a revelation that has shocked the entire world. 

Swedish meatballs, which are a national dish in Sweden, and perhaps its most famous export (more than 2 million meatballs are consumed every day in 340 Ikea stores around the world) are not really Swedish, but Turkish.

The revelation comes from the most official of lips: the country's official Twitter account.

 "Swedish meatballs are actually based on a recipe that King Charles XII brought back with him from Turkey in the early 18th century. "Let us stay with the facts," wrote the controversial tweet.

What caused this mea culpa a few centuries later was not known. But the revelation provoked a storm of reactions.

As expected, the Turks were excited. The Swedes, on the other hand, were shocked. "My whole life has been a lie," wrote Swede William J. on Twitter.

"We are willing to forget it if you give us Zlatan Ibrahimovic," wrote a Turk, referring to the Swedish football ace.

Turkish media were quick to point out that Charles, who ruled from 1697 to 1718 and spent a few years in exile in the Ottoman Empire (in present-day Moldova) in the early 18th century, brought other Turkish products with him on his return to Sweden, such as coffee and stuffed cabbage.

The Swedes, who wanted nothing more than to get involved in a gastronomic war, hurried to lower their tones. "We love coffee even more than meatballs!  At some point, we even had a coffee ban in Sweden!" The country's official Twitter account wrote.

Ikea, however, still sells "Swedish meatballs" and not "Turkish meatballs" (Köfte) in its stores.

Cyprus  |  Sweden  |  Turkey  |  food

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