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What is a Smörgåsbord?

When did Smörgåsbord become internationally known?

What does the word 'smörgåsbord' mean?

What is a julbord?

What is typically included in the fifth course of a julbord?

When is julbord typically served at restaurants?

What happened to Smörgåsbords in March 2020?

What is the meaning of the Swedish term 'att bre(da) smörgåsar'?

What is the difference between a Smörgåsbord and a julbord?


Scandinavian Buffet-Style Meal: Smörgåsbord

  • Smörgåsbord is a Swedish-origin buffet-style meal that is served with various hot and cold dishes.
  • It became internationally known at the 1939 New York World's Fair when it was offered at the Swedish Pavilion "Three Crowns Restaurant".
  • In a restaurant, the term refers to a buffet-style table laid out with many small dishes from which, for a fixed amount of money, one is allowed to choose as many as one wishes.
  • The term varies between "cold table" and "buffet" in different languages and regions.
  • The word smörgåsbord consists of the words smörgås ("sandwich") and bord ("table").
  • In Sweden, the term att bre(da) smörgåsar ("to spread butter on open-faced sandwiches") has been used since at least the 16th century.
  • A traditional Swedish Smörgåsbord consists of both hot and cold dishes, and is typically eaten in a celebratory setting.
  • A special Swedish type of Smörgåsbord is the julbord (literally "Yule/Christmas table").
  • A traditional julbord is typically eaten buffet-style in five to seven courses.
  • The fifth course consists of warm dishes (småvarmt) such as Swedish meatballs, roasted pork ribs, potato sausages, and casseroles.
  • Julbord is served from early December until just before Christmas at restaurants and until Epiphany in some homes.
  • Smörgåsbords were suspended in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as restaurants started offering take-away or delivery.


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