Screaming in Sweden

The Kakklubb Philosophy
May 19, 2008, 11:13 pm
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This kakklubb thing is getting on my nerves. Kakklubb literally means cake club. You see kak is from the word kaka which means cake (cookie), but according to a Swede I know, it can also mean to poo.


That aside, Swedish people are shy. The myth that they are reserved is no longer a myth to me. Swedish people may defend that. They are just being polite they say, or they respect other people’s privacy. Or they prefer to check the water temperature before jumping into it.

Moreover, Swedish people are robotic. Like a bunch of non-verbal androids working diligently at a space station. They like timetables, agendas, lists of things, processes, rules and regulations, schedules, plans, itinerary, bullet points…

Swedish people are so shy and robotic that they need to have a freakin k.a.k.k.l.u.b.b at work. The idea of a kakklubb is to eat cake, in a fair and just way. Every member gives and takes equally. Members take turn to bake cake and then bring the cake to work so that they can have coffee and cake with the rest in the club. Non-members are therefore not allowed to eat the cake (because they don’t contribute).

Members also get a reminder when it is their turn to bake.



Swedish people create a by-invitation-only-club to document how they could show kindness to one another without giving more than they get back.


Fairly robotic enough.

The creative photo by Lisa Kettell

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I’m swedish, but I still think your
observations are quite fun (chuckle)

Greetings from R2D2

Comment by Micke

I was chatting with Bigg today and she asked if there was something the new MIMA-students from Thailand should know before comming here. I’m not sure if I would dare to share your “robotic” description with them :D

Comment by Tobias Eltebrandt

R2D2 – hahaha

Tobias – robots are cute. Ask R2D2 hehe

Comment by lingon

Ling, what’s happening at work??! I leave for a few weeks and suddenly there’s a kakklubb – why can’t we just bring kakor whenever we feel like it, like we used to? I’m seriously considering boycott ;)

Hope you’re having a great summer! See you soon…

Comment by Lisa

Hey, Love your blog! My husband and I are moving to Lund next week, where I will start grad school. Check out our blog, too!

Comment by Stephanie

just lurve what you wrote abt the swedes.. heheheh

Comment by Shareen

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