‘The Swedish Number ‘ allows you to call random Swedes.By Soundarya Ganesan
October 16, 2018
We all have heard of people and companies having phone numbers, but an entire country? This is definitely the first. Now the country of Sweden has one number-The Swedish Number, 46-771-793-336, a single phone line that connects international callers to randomly selected Swedish volunteers to chat about whatever is on their minds. More than 11k people have called since its launch and about 30% of them are US citizens. This project was set up to celebrate 250 years of Sweden becoming the first country to abolish censorship. A tourism agency came up with this unique idea to bring Sweden to the world in an informal way.If you want to know more about Sweden, its people, food, music and everything under the sun, you know which number to dial. In fact, you can ask the Swede who answers your call what he/she thinks of India.
By letting everyday Swedes talk to directly with the foreigners, tourism officials hope to present a more authentic picture of the country. About 3k Swedes many of whom had heard about the number through the local news media had downloaded a mobile app that would put them on a list to talk with strangers for the next 2 months.
So what are you waiting for? Pick up the phone and dial!