A lot of visitors to northern Sweden are surprised by one of our ways of saying 'yes'. In addition to the regular 'ja' or 'jo' which are the Swedish words for yes, many people here also use a sound which is kind of hard to describe. It's like sucking in air through your mouth/teeth - or, in a way, like it would sound if you breath in while saying 'you'. I told you it was hard to describe! Anyway, if you are in northern Sweden and you hear this sound, it's likely that the person making the sound isn't shocked or has a speech disorder, they're simply agreeing with you... :-)
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Since 1996, Gammelstad Church...
Since 1996, Gammelstad Church Town has been un UNESCO World Heritage List, and thereby protected by the 'Convention Concerning the Protection of World Culture and Natural Heritage'.
'Gammelstad Church Town is an outstanding example of traditional church towns in northern Scandinavia. It excellently illustrates the adoption of traditonal town planning to the special geographic and climatologic condition in an unfavourable natural environment.'
-- World Heritage Comitte, 7 December 1996