SWEDEN’S official Twitter account Sweden.se, administered by the Swedish state institute, wrote in a statement that meatballs were brought to Sweden by Karl XII from Turkey.
By – Brünnhilde
This information has been accused of being “fabricated” by a researcher. According to Sweden.se, which markets itself as “Sweden’s official account on Twitter”, Karl XII took the recipe for meatballs from Turkey in the early 1700s.
But according to math historian Richard Tellström at Stockholm University, interviewed by Svenska Dagbladet, the data is incorrect. There is no evidence that this was the case.
“No, this has been fabricated in every way. Do they have any source linking Karl XII to meatballs? It’s a historical sensation,” he says.
Richard Tellström says it’s hard to know when we first started eating meatballs, but the word is mentioned in a cookbook from 1755, long after Karl XII’s death. He calls it “superlative” that a government account spreads false data.
Oliver Grassman, editor of social media on Sweden.se, says that there was no scientific source for the statement and believed that it was based on an “accepted truth”.
“If it’s a factual error, it’s not good for us because we wrote ‘Let’s stick to the facts’ at the end of the post. What we wanted to convey was that different cultures inspire each other and the concept that something is healthy is hardly anymore. Especially in food. We wanted to create engaging content for our overseas target groups,” he says.