One of the best things about streaming services, such as Netflix, constantly expanding on a global level, is that they produce originals from all markets and not only the North American and UK markets. That makes it possible for subscribers to watch international series and movies they otherwise would have missed out on. Examples of international hit shows on Netflix from recent years are the German show, “Dark,” and the Spanish “Money Heist.” In the last couple of years, we have also seen the first two original Netflix productions coming out of Sweden.
In this article we will take a look at the part Sweden has played in how we consume film and tv-shows today, as well as a quick peek at the two Swedish Netflix originals.
Sweden Paving the Way For Today’s Streaming Services
Scandinavia, especially Sweden, has been a driving force in paving the way for the world of streaming we live in today. Although the country doesn’t have a counterpart to Spotify, within the arena of film and tv shows, several Swedish websites played their part in changing how we watch movies and series.
During the 2000s, there have been quite a few illegal piracy websites coming out of Sweden, such as DreamfilmHD and The Pirate Bay, that have pushed the film industry in the direction that has taken us to the place we find ourselves today.
It is, of course, not encouraged to consume media through illegal methods in any way, but there is no denying that piracy online has helped guide the industry into a new era. At the very least, the larger piracy websites showed there was an obvious demand for a more convenient way of watching movies and tv series.
In the end, with the many illegal platforms for file sharing and streaming, the film industry had no choice but to adapt to the situation.
The first Swedish original series to make its way to Netflix was Quicksand – a limited series about a school shooting in an upper-class area, based on the novel by Malin Persson Giolito.
Quicksand was an instant success in Sweden, and it also acquired some fans in other parts of the world as well. In the UK, for example, it was reported that Quicksand was – at least for a period of time – the most watched non-English series on Netflix, in the country.
Love & Anarchy (2020– )
In 2020 the second Swedish Netflix original had its premiere – this time in the form of the unusual rom-com, Love & Anarchy. The series is created by Lisa Langseth, who also wrote and directed all of the eight episodes of the show’s first season.
Love & Anarchy has been fairly well-received, both in Sweden and internationally. Since Sweden is mostly known for their brooding crime and detective stories, a comedy show in the shape of Love & Anarchy feels like a breath of fresh air, coming out of the Scandinavian country. The fact that it has been produced for an international service such as Netflix gives us hope of more unexpected releases from abroad.
Other Swedish Productions on Netflix
As for now, Quicksand and Love & Anarchy are the only entirely Swedish originals on Netflix, but in most markets there are other Swedish shows to watch as well. You could check out the partly Swedish production of Young Wallander, where the main character is played by Swedish actor Adam Pålsson, and is also based on the work of Swedish author Henning Mankell.
Bonus Family is another Swedish show that most markets can watch on Netflix and has found quite a few fans outside of northern Europe.