That people in Sweden appreciated water so much is not something I'd thought of. A third of the Swenglish participants in Sweden picked water as their favourite drink. Only four mentioned something alcoholic. But there were even less people, only three, who chose something alcoholic in England. Two people answered water.
What struck me when I compared the answers was that people in England were more specific when they talked about their favourite drinks, not only coffee but coffee with honey or chai latte. That coffee was as popular as tea among the English participants was another surprise to me!
The idea of the project was that I should eat and drink the same stuff as the people I stayed with, but already after the first week, I missed green tea so much that I had to cheat and buy a box of jasmine tea. But during the project I also got a taste for hot (soya) chocolate, something I haven't had since I was little!
Favorite drinks among people in England
Earl Grey tea
pint of Harveys
black coffee, occasionally with honey
coffee with milk
good quality water
tea with milk and one sugar
Favorite drinks among people in Sweden
folköl (week beer, 3,5%) and coffee
äppelmust (a non-alcoholic apple drink similar to cider)
dry white wine
This study is by no means scientific, the answers are based on interviewing 15 people in England and 15 people in Sweden, aged 22-59. A majority are heterosexual women, but there are a few men and some LGBT people in the study as well. Look out for the next question: What's your attitude towards alcohol?