Officially known as the Kingdom of Sweden, Sweden is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe. The third largest country in the European Union by area, the country has a population of about 10.1 million people with 85% of the residents living in urban areas. Sweden is a constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy and is divided into 21 counties and 290 municipalities. The country has the 11th highest per-capita income in the world.
As you take the time to search for the best name for your new pup, the country of Sweden is worth exploring. With a large land area and diverse population, you will find plenty of ideas to consider within its borders.
Sweden Dog Names in Pop Culture
A dog by the name of Arthur is said to be the most famous dog in Sweden. While he now calls the country home, Arthur is actually from Ecuador. He had been living as a stray there when Sweden’s Peak Performance team, which included four members, arrived there to compete in the Adventure Racing World Championships. During the event, athletes hike, kayak and bike 430 miles through the Amazon rain forest, day and night. Right before one of the event’s stages, Mikael Lindnord, a member of the team, made friends with a dog, sharing some of his meal with him. Lindnord assumed it was a one-time meeting, however the dog followed him. And he continued to follow him, becoming so attached to the team that he ran for miles and swam along with them while they kayaked.
The team was advised to not bring the dog on the last leg, as the swimming would be too dangerous and a dog in the kayak was not an ideal situation. The team intended to follow this advice; they put their kayaks in the water and started off. But the dog, who they had begun calling Arthur (due to his regal appearance), refused to be left behind. He jumped in and started swimming. Lindnord helped Arthur into the kayak so he could continue with his new team, earning standing ovations from everyone watching on the shore. Having Arthur in the kayak meant that Lindnord could not kayak at the speed needed to secure a finish in a top spot, however the team decided that Arthur was an equally important team member and that he should finish with them regardless. After six days of racing, the team crossed the finish line with five team members instead of four and as the 12th top team in the word.
Lindnord wanted to bring Arthur home to Sweden to live with his family; he and his teammates began a Twitter campaign to raise money to bring the pooch home. They also helped Arthur receive treatment for a wound on his back that he had acquired before he encountered his new friends. Arthur was ultimately able to get to Sweden, where he remained in quarantine for 120 days before he could move in with Lindnord and his family.
Arthur became the subject of a book about his experiences in the jungle when he met his new friends, highlighting his loyalty and determination as he became an international hero.
Sweden Dog Name Considerations
If you are struggling to choose a name for your new pup, don’t despair. Many people find this to be challenging and can use a helping hand in finding a name that is good fit for their new canine companion. One option to consider when looking for name ideas, it to take a closer look at a place that you enjoy. This can be a place where you have lived, have visited, or plan to visit one day. After all, with a name inspired by a place, you will enjoy regular reminders of it each time you call your pup’s name.
After deciding on a place or places that you feel positively about, you can then take the time to “dive in” to each place. This means to look closely at the place, paying attention to all that it has to offer. This can mean popular food, tourist attractions, restaurants, sports, beaches, mountains, rivers and municipalities among other things. Take your time and you will likely find that the place you have chosen has plenty to offer when it comes to name possibilities. It can be helpful to make a list of options that appeal to you, so that you can refer back to them and consider which is best for your pal.
Sweden, with its large land area and diversity, can be a great place to find a myriad of unique name opportunities for your pooch.