Swedish cuisine, like that of the other Scandinavian countries, was traditionally simple. Fish, meat, potatoes and dairy products played prominent roles.

Of the many culinary classics in Sweden, one of the most popular is meatballs served with potatoes and lingonberries – a staple meal that is served in many homes around the country. Another classic dish is pickled herring (sill), which is served at all festivities. Fresh, pickled and smoked seafood (particularly herring, crayfish, salmon and eel), game meats such as elk and reindeer as well as berries and currants (including lingonberry) are all typical ingredients used in Swedish cuisine.