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Sweden's "Big Things" - Where are they?

There are many reasons to travel to Australia. The magnificent nature, the wild beaches and the unique animal life. But there is another thing that draws tourists to Australia. A list of big things. Not grand things, but BIG things. A list that makes people go on a road trip just to tick off attraction after attraction. "Australia's big things” is a cheesy list of statues, where villages and towns battle it out to have the biggest statue in Australia. The big things can be a mango, a crawfish (see picture below), a bottle of rum or an apple. It doesn't have to be pretty. It just has to be the biggest.

When we drove to Skåne last weekend, it hit me. Why don't we have a list of all the great things that are here in Sweden too? Can we help create a list? What BIG THINGS are all around Sweden? Here are the big things I've photographed so far, but there will be more! I want to visit more crazy/cool/weird/crazy big things! Which "big things" in Sweden are missing from the list? Do you know of any more? How many of the big things below have you seen?

The big potato

Next to the E4 in Mjölby you will find a giant King Edward in the so-called "potato roundabout".


The big hot air balloon

In Gränna in a roundabout next to the E4 you will find a large wooden balloon.


The big clothespin

In the park by the river by the picture museum in Umeå you will find a large clothespin.


The great sea monster

Outside Huskvarna along the E4 you will find the sea monster Nessie.


The big polka pig

In the vicinity of the E4 by Gränna you will find (not entirely unexpectedly) a large polka pig.


The big giant

Outside Huskvarna along the E4 you will find the giant Vist.


Tips on places I haven't visited yet

  • The world's largest peg chair i Edsbyn (thanks for the tip Johanna!)
  • A big conclusion typewriter in Åtvidaberg center (thanks Jörgen!)
  • A gigantic one valley horse i Avesta (Thank you, please, Annika and Therese!)
  • The big the wrench i Enkoping (Thanks for the tip Helena!)
  • The big The Lovik glove i Notch (Thanks Sara!)
  • The big the cheese graters i The Ånasse (Thanks for the tip Niklas!)
  • The big the clothes hanger i Wool longs (Thank you please Sinikka!)
  • The big Pinocchio i Boras (Thanks Anne!)
  • The big thing The Y outside Sundsvall (Thanks Mary!)
  • The big the wooden bear i Swear (Thanks for the tip Agneta!)
  • The big the pin i Gothenburg and in Kumla (Thank you Frida!)
  • The big Brio the clown i Osby (Thanks Helen!)
  • The big the buck in Gävle (only during Christmas) (Thank you 4000 mil!)
  • The big thing the accordion i Valley of Light
  • The big the rooster candlestick i Play sand
  • The big the balls just outside Landvetter
  • The big the comet i Get rid of it
  • The big stolen i almhult
Rock Lobster
"The big rock lobster" in Australia

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About the blogger

Travel blogger, gastronaut, photographer and family adventurer with over 55 countries in his luggage. Eva loves trips that include beautiful nature, hiking boots and well-cooked food. On the travel blog Rucksack she takes you to all corners of the world with the help of her inspiring pictures and texts.


  • Net
    18 July, 2019 at 21: 49

    Don't forget the clothes hanger in Ullånger! We get to photograph it when we're on our way up!

    • Eve on rucksack.see
      19 July, 2019 at 10: 44

      You get to photograph it and the big Y on the way up! ?

  • Ann-Louise Paulsson
    18 July, 2019 at 22: 44

    What a fun list! The first thing that came to my mind was the great Dala horse in the Avesta that you already got hints about. I'll see if I can think of a few more. I have driven past the potato more times than I can count and Jätten Vist as well. I don't remember if I saw the hot air balloon and the polka pig when I went past Gränna, but I probably have.

    • Eve on rucksack.see
      19 July, 2019 at 10: 46

      You've probably driven past all these things in Gränna, but if you don't actively look for them, you won't see them! Time to highlight our "big things" in the light of day! 🙂

  • 4000 thousand
    19 July, 2019 at 10: 21

    The cheese graters in Ånäset, wonder if she got them, I thought throughout the article. And you had that. 🙂
    My contribution must be Gävle's big Christmas goat that is available for at least one of the 12 months of the year.

    • Eve on rucksack.see
      19 July, 2019 at 10: 47

      Yes, Gävlebokken also fits into the list! Thanks! 🙂 Are there any other big things in Umeå besides the clothespin?

  • Daniel | Discovering The Planet
    19 July, 2019 at 16: 45

    But oh what a fun list. Unfortunately can't contribute anything... but somewhere we've probably passed an airplane in the middle of a roundabout. It is as you say, it has been seen, but not directly documented :)).

    • Eve on rucksack.see
      19 July, 2019 at 16: 47

      I thought I'd put together a map then with all the locations and try to keep it up to date. It's actually really fun to look for a big potato when you're on a road trip 🙂

  • Madeleine Wreath
    19 July, 2019 at 16: 49

    In Bollnäs there are three huge bandy clubs and a bandy ball at the southern entrance! Huge "statue", but worth a place on the list!

    • Eve on rucksack.see
      19 July, 2019 at 16: 51

      But oh so good! I will look them up on Google and put them in! Thank you! 🙂

    • Daniel | Discovering The Planet
      24 July, 2019 at 21: 39

      Lol. A big potato is what is missing from my bucket list :)))

    • Eve on rucksack.see
      28 July, 2019 at 9: 34

      I didn't realize how missing it had been on my bucket list, until I met the mighty King Edward... ?

  • Elin
    20 July, 2019 at 11: 30

    In Kalix there is a large orange ball, probably representing both roe roe and bandy ball if I remember correctly.

    • Eva Gyllenberg
      3 December, 2019 at 20: 39

      What a great tip! I hope it's a roe seed - clearly much more fun than a bandy ball 🙂

  • Sofia
    27 June, 2020 at 13: 23

    The big scissors at Stureplan in Nossebro?

    • Eva Gyllenberg
      29 June, 2020 at 21: 51

      A new big thing that I missed! 🙂 Thank you, Sofia!

  • Albert Allema
    20 June, 2022 at 14: 24

    We have used, among other things, this website when I prepared our trip to the High Coast.
    Inspired by the list, we visited the big Y. It was really fun. Extra fun with the shop inside the Y where we bought ice cream and tea. 😉

    • Eva Gyllenberg
      19 July, 2022 at 9: 41

      How nice that you found the big Y - and that there was a shop there! 🙂

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