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Sweden
スウェーデン
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Name: KINGDOM OF SWEDEN (Kungariket Sverige)
Human Name: Berwald Oxenstierna (ベールヴァルド・オキセンスシェルナ)
Alternative Spelling(s): N/A
Age: 21
Gender: Male
Birthday: June 06
Hair Color: Blond (manga), Brown/Blonde (anime)
Eye Color: Aqua (manga), Brown/Blue (anime)
Height: 5'11.6
First Appearance (volume): Volume 1
First Appearance (strip): Su-san and I
First Appearance (anime): Episode 01 (cameo), Episode 14 (speaking)
Japanese VA: Keikou Sakai
English VA: Robert McCollum

Sweden (スウェーデン Suweden) is a character in the series Hetalia: Axis Powers. In 2008, Himaruya gave human names to some of the characters and he received the name Berwald Oxenstierna (ベールヴァルド・オキセンスシェルナ Bēruvarudo Okisensusheruna).

Appearance

Chibi Sweden

A 'chibi' version of Sweden. Shown in Hidekaz Himaruya's blog.

Main article: Uniform Guide: Sweden

Sweden has short, light blond hair and greenish-blue eyes. He wears a long blue overcoat with a matching hat, a black shirt and tie, and black pants, gloves, and boots; he also wears glasses. He is the tallest of all five Nordics; there is approximately a 12cm difference between him and Finland (the latter standing at about 170cm, which would make Sweden 182cm). He is the same height as Russia, making them the tallest out of all the nations to date.

Personality and Interests

Sweden was once a viking and the "Conqueror Of The Baltic Sea", but now stands neutral in military matters; he has calmed down and currently puts his strength into welfare. He is silent and difficult to understand; his taciturnity is due to the fact that he was born in a cold area. Deep down, he is actually quite playful, but it's rarely shown because of his intimidating aura.

His hobbies include making furniture and art. It is said that his canned Surströmming can be used as a deadly weapon. He speaks in a Tohoku accent, often translated as grunts and truncated words.

Despite his silence, he apparently takes interest in arguments and debates.

Relationships

Denmark

Main Article: Denmark

Denmark once ruled over Sweden and Finland, but Sweden grew aggravated by his control and his refusal to listen. Sweden finally snapped and ran away from their home. A set of strips on Himaruya's blog suggest that Denmark challenged Sweden a number of times, though they also suggest his defeats. Although their relationship hasn't been discussed much during the modern period, Denmark does show concern for him during the 2011 Christmas event when he discovers Sweden knocked to the ground by Ladonia. Also during the event, Denmark thought it was cool that Sweden lived in a furniture store and said he wanted to try living in a house made of Lego.In a comic published in Comic Birz, Denmark states that he and Sweden used to fight frequently but are now "best buds".

Finland

Main Article: Finland

The two were once under the control of Denmark, but managed to escape. From that point, the two began living with each other; because of this, Sweden considers him to be his "wife" (though Finland denies such relation). Finland later fell under the control of Russia for some time; he stated that he felt more "free" there, though he quickly added that it was more fun being together with Sweden. Finland often refers to Sweden as "Su-san" ("Mr. Swe") for short.

Several strips about their life together were made, including one that features them adopting a dog named Hanatamago and one where Finland runs into a small child (which later turns out to be a very young America). After the boy flees in fright and Finland telling him about the boy, Sweden asks him if he wants kids and he responds that he thought it would be nice if they had a child following them everywhere. Sweden says he'll "do his best" but he doesn't understand what Sweden means.

Although some strips show Finland appearing terrified or uneasy towards Sweden, most strips show a different picture with Finland appearing less afraid of Sweden, most noticeably during some of the Kitayume events like Christmas 2010 and Halloween 2011. In Finland's Volume 5 profile, it is said he likes and looks up to Sweden. Sweden's feelings towards Finland have been consistent throughout the series and considers him to be "a good friend".

Sealand

Main Article: Sealand

Sealand is Sweden's adoptive son, whom he bought from an auction.

In the strip, The Creation of Dambolis, Sealand began ignoring his "papa" in favor of playing video games and watching TV. To get Sealand to pay more attention to him, Sweden came up with a solution: He wrote "England" on a box, placed the box over Sealand, and began shaking it (while Sealand made noises like "Please stop it!!"). Sweden called it a Dambolis. Also, in the strip, Fly, Canada-san, fly!, England discovers that Sealand infiltrated the meeting disguised as Canada and pulls out his hair curl. Sealand then tells him not to pull out his hair, stating "I just got papa to swede it for me!".In the strip, To Create Better Products in Northern Europe, Sealand was seen in the background watching Sweden build dolls.

In The Anime

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First anime cameo

Sweden is first seen in a brief cameo in Episode 01, sitting next to Finland in the meeting room. He later appears in Episode 14 as one of the many characters stuck in line at the supermarket, and comments on what a peaceful day it is.

His character design was altered slightly for the anime; his blond hair changed to a light brown while his eyes became a darker brown, matching the way he appeared in the Meeting of the World strip.

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However, in Episode 69, his appearance was changed to fit his original design, as his hair was given a "yellow hue" similar to Finland's. Sweden also makes minor appearances in episodes Episode 707983, and Extra Episode 1

Name

It is assumed that his surname, Oxenstierna, came from the Swedish statesman Axel Oxenstierna (Oxenstjärna), and that his given name Berwald came from Franz Berwald, a Swedish Romantic composer, for whom the Berwaldhallen in Stockholm is named after. The Berwaldhallen also happens to be near Oxenstiernsgatan (Oxenstjärnsgatan).

Character Songs

Hatafutte Parade (Sweden)

Always With You... Nordic Five!

Trivia

  • His birthday corresponds with the National Day of Sweden, also known as Swedish Flag Day.
  • It has been said by Hidekaz Himaruya that Sweden is homosexual. It has also been said that he only has romantic feelings towards Finland.
  • Sweden is the only character with a confirmed sexual preferance; other countries' sexualities are implied or hinted at, but not confirmed.

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