Things I will miss when I leave Sweden

Skaka loss med Daidalos 4EVA

1. Swedish children’s television.

I was lucky. I grew up with top-notch 1980s Oz content and characters like Spider McGlurk and all of his pals on Secret Valley, Simon Townsend’s Wonder World and, my personal favourite, the barmy cast of Wombat.

So, it’s been a real pleasure to experience the myriad joys of SVT (or, more specifically, SVT Barn) over the past 11 years, and I will miss it so.

There’s classics like Pippi Långstrump, Bamse (Världens starkaste björn) and Alfons Åberg.

Then there’s the choice modern-day offerings such as Melodifestivalen, Värsta bästa barnvakterna, En hederlig jul med Knyckertz and Sommarskuggan.

A-and who could forget the stone-cold deep cut that is Skaka loss med Daidalos and his slimy universe (oh, and Bilakuten).

SVT Barn really speaks my language.

By which I mean my Swedish is still so elementary that children’s television is pretty much the only Swedish media I can understand.

But then again, when it comes to slime, words can only say so much.

Hej då, SVT Barn.

David Prater
David Prater

David Prater is an Australian-born writer, editor and parent. His interests include mince pies, ice hockey and Joy Division.

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