Fly Nordic – See Drag Queens(Stockholm) from 399SEK

Today the Swedish newspapers GÖTEBORGS-POSTEN, EXPRESSEN, Resumé and the electronic newspaper TheLocal reported that a Stockholm man living in the northern Swedish town of Östersund was offended by a local Nordic Airline advertisement that referred to Stockholm as being “Fjollträsk” which means something like “Mire of Queens”.

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The Stockholm man took his complaint to the Red Cross which handles complaints of discrimination in that area of the country and forwarded the complaint to Swedish Regulators.

It is not hard to see how people associate Stockholm with “Fjollträsk” (A mire of Queens). Television advertisements are constantly projecting this humorous effeminate image of men from Stockholm. PressbyrÃ¥n, which is a chain of kiosks that sell newspapers, hot dogs, candy, cigarettes, soda etc., has a long running commercial that is repeated over and over, showing a middle aged man with a very styled hairdo, fashionable clothes and glasses, a silk scarf around his neck and a little purse with a strap around his one wrist, coming into the kiosk and discovering the “one cup of coffee and a cinnamon bun” promotion, getting all excited in a feminine kind of way, exclaiming “oh my GOD, that’s SO retro” in a distinct Stockholm accent. And there is also the Synsam optician advertisement, Synsam has a sales drive where you buy two pairs of glasses and pay for one. We see a man in an elevator, surrounded by other people that all are giggling and looking at him. He discovers that he is wearing women’s glasses, and reaches for his briefcase, opens it, rummages through women’s high heel shoes and feather boas and gets out a pair of men’s glasses that he puts on instead. The speaker voice has a distinct Stockholm accent.

Not very masculine…


In music last year, Finland was proud that Lordi, won the Eurovision Song Contest. Lordi has great heavy Metal Music and a winning image. Here is a great little snippet about Finland’s Lordi: Source

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LORDI are:Lordi – vocals, programming

Amen – guitars, backing vocals

Kalma – bass, backing vocals

Kita – drums, backing vocals

Enary – keyboards, backing vocals

What would happen if our favorite horror film characters Freddie Kruger, Michael Myers (Halloween) and Jason (Friday 13th) took a break from their hectic killing spree’s, put down their weapons of murder, had a few beers and picked up musical instruments?

Answer = LORDI

Lordi are the new crazies on the block, looking as if they have escaped from the cast of an Evil Dead movie and sounding like a cross between KISS and Rob Zombie – this is the most fun you can have without incurring a lengthy sentence in prison. Lordi hail from Finland, Lapland Finland in fact, The home of Father Christmas who is rumored to have moved since Lordi set up shop!

Lordi’s performance, complete with Finnish commentators – “Hyvää Suomi”, “Well done, Finland”!!!


Sweden on the other hand via Stockholm is sending the Gender Bending Glam Rock Band “The Ark” to the Eurovision Song Contest this weekend in Helsinki, Finland.

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Sweden is all pumped up for “The Ark” to win the Eurovision contest this year. They are listed by bookmakers across Europe as one of the favorites.

We living in Sweden have been unable to escape “The Ark”. The Ark has been running in a short commercial featuring their popular song “The Worrying Kind” for the Swedish Clothing store MQ, “Man & Quinny” which translated by many of us means Man & Queen clothes store.

The commercial is shown below:

So why are people from Stockholm offended by the stereotype?

Well… Probably because there are many people in Stockholm who do not fit the mold and image that Stockholm has delicately sculpted for itself.

Hey, we might not particularly like the candy music of “The Ark” but be darn sure we all hope the ARK WINS The EUROVISION SONG CONTEST this year! Heja Sverige!!!


There is another show The Monkey Princess and I really enjoy here in Sweden that is out of Stockholm. It is the “Rocky och Drago” with Peter Siepen och Tilde Fröling .

PeterTilde Peter and Tilde travel the world and do different activities and each demonstrate their unique personalities. Peter dresses a little differently then most. His unique style could be described as a costume. Outside of Stockholm he raises quite a few eyebrows, he probably raises eyebrows with his clothing style in Stockholm also. Peter and Tilde are great, and we watch every episode of their show and look forward to the upcoming fourth season.

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Peter’s style I would describe as an exaggerated caricature of the “Fjollträsk” ‘Mire of Queens’ Stockholm stereotype.

In this video clip, Rocky and Drago are in Texas and visits TXRD for some rollerderby action – notice how compared to the “roller girls” Peter is VERY toned down in his choice of clothing!

The Red Cross says “The word Fjollträsk is used in a very insulting way here in Jämtland. There’s always a negative focus on Stockholm in Norrland and here is a big company using this negative term,” the Red Cross’s Anna Ebenmark told one of the Swedish Newspapers. ‘Fjolla’ (‘queen’) also sounds negative, but this case isn’t so much about homophobia as it is about negative attitudes towards Stockholm,” she said. Sara Gustafsson, director of marketing for Fly Nordic, told news agency TT that the advert was not intended to harm anyone. I come from northern Sweden myself, and for me ‘Fjollträsk’ is a light-hearted term for Stockholm. We wanted people to laugh at the advert,” she said.


nEXPRESSEN, A Stockholm newspaper distributed as an evening paper all over Sweden had a Poll Question. Click For EXPRESSEN “Fjollträsk” Reader PollBelow are the first few responses listed at the time we pulled them and translated them into English:

Should Stockholm be allowed to be referred to as “Fjollträsk”?

The people that call themselves “Stockholmers” are mostly just “farmers” that have been living in the city for a few months and “talk” with a Stockholm accent, in other words sissies.

Why not. The people in Fjollträsk usually claim that other people aren’t as smart as they are. So then it would be absolutely OK to call the 08 area code region Fjollträsk.

Fjollträsk, not that one too! Says a trucker from Stockholm. When I meet colleagues they say that people in the south calls us 99’s. 99’s? Yes, because we aren’t exactly 100 %. Not sure Fjollträsk might be good anyways!

Haha, Fjollträsk IS a suitable name for that city on the backside of Sweden! Haha!

Of course you can call Stockholm “Fjollträsk”. What are they going to do about it? Hit us with their purses, or what…?

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  1. Peter Siepen is probably the only person in the world who has cleaned a porta-potty dressed to the NINES in pointy shoes, a fancy jacket and a high hat – AND managed to stay CLEAN!!!

    Fortunately in the “Rocky och Drago” series, he often wonders HIMSELF about what in the world he is WEARING!
    “What was I THINKING” he mutters as he walks through a muddy field, about to plow with a pair of oxen, wearing Lederhosen, a loud shirt and suede boots!!!

    He’s got his own style, that’s for sure, the “Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome” guy in “Cabaret” comes to mind… but the first thought that hits me is that he sort of walked in to his closet in the morning, had some mysterious accident in there, clothes just fell on him at random, and he decided to go as he was… Hehe – I like him, he’s cool!

    Oh well, this thing with what we Swedes call other Swedes from different parts of the country than ourselves really isn’t a big deal – it’s all in good humor. Other countries have the same thing going on too, little feuds between different cities…

    “Fjollträsk”, personally I would translate it into “Sissy swamp”, and that expression isn’t as bad as it sounds.

    People up north started calling the Stockholm people sissies I guess, because when they (Stockholmers) come up north, they have no idea what they are doing, the men aren’t very strong, in the ski slopes and at the After Ski it’s all about looking good… The northern winter is rough, nothing for sissies!

    People from up north get heckled and mocked too, it all goes both ways, trust me!

    We here on the Best Coast (Gothenburgers) have always had to put up with being called various things by the Que…, oops – I mean the Stockholm people – as well, the name calling goes both ways.

    Lighten up, already!

    If the FlyNordic ad makes people come to the capital, then that’s a GOOD THING, ain’t it?!?

    Oh yeah – HEJA SVERIGE, keeping my fingers crossed for the Ark in the Eurovision Song Contest! They’re not Lordi, but they represent our country, so WE CHEER HEM ON!!!

  2. Success…..it worked this time. What a raging “Queen”. Obviously though all show….it certainly would attract attention. In Sydney each year we have the “Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras”. It’s a sight to be seen and is known as one of the gay capitals of the world, along with San Francisco here. I love ’em! Great site.

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