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Painted eggs is a common sight at Easter. Photo: Shutterstock
Painted eggs is a common sight at Easter. Photo: Shutterstock

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Easter in numbers

Easter is the perfect time to spend time with your family and friends, and eat. And we do.Here are some fun facts about easter presented in numbers. For example - in Sweden, the amount of candy sold increases by 50%.
  • The average annual candy consumption per person in Sweden is 17 kg, making Swedes the world champions of candy eating. The average EU citizen eats a mere 7 kg of candy a year.
     
  • The number of that Norwegians eat four oranges per person at Easter every year. That’s a total of 20.000.000.
     
  • Two eggs per day provide one quarter of the recommended daily intake of vitamin D. Eggs are a true superfood that contains all the nutrition we need except for vitamin C and carbohydrates.
     
  • Since the 16th century, Danes have been sending gækkebreve. This is a classic element of Danish Easter celebrations where homemade teasing letters with whimsical messagesare sent to test your friends and family members:
    Can they guess your name and get an Easter egg made of candy?

  • 6 million eggs an hour is the rate of egg consumption by Swedes at Easter.
     
  • October 11 is World Egg Day. It’s a day organized by the International Egg Commission to celebrate the egg, a symbol of rebirth, and its nutritional value.
     
  • A Danish boiled egg is preserved for one week in a salty mixture before it’s eaten with mustard and chili. This Easter dish is called solæg, or sun egg, and it’s a tradition from southern Denmark.
     
  • 50% is the increase in the amount of candy sold in Sweden during Easter week compared with a regular week. The biggest candy-eating day of the year is Holy Thursday.

  • The stores in Norway are closed for 5 days during Easter. This long holiday is perfect for visits to cabins (hytter) for skiing, and for reading thrillers. This literary phenomenon is called påskekrim and is an ­important week for the Norwegian publishing houses.
     
  • 57% of Swedes prefer their eggs boiled, while 22% want them fried, 11% want them scrambled, and 6% prefer an omelet. Only 1% want their eggs poached.
     
  • 35 days is the difference between the earliest and the latest possible date when Easter Sunday can occur each year. Easter occurs on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox.
     
  • April 19 is the date that Easter Sunday most frequently falls on. The earliest date it can occur is March 22 and the latest April 25. 

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Last edited: March 22, 2016

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