The pretzel has become the symbol of Södertälje and you'll see pretzels of various sizes around town.
The women of Södertälje used to sell pretzels to passing travellers and the town became famous throughout Sweden and Scandinavia for this.
It's still an enduring symbol and you can still buy fresh pretzels but now the place is known more for being the home of a huge Scania factory than its doughy delights.
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In the 19th century, a railroad was built connecting Södertälje with Stockholm and other towns in the area. As the trains would stop by on its way Stockholm, ladies from the town would start to sell specially baked pretzels. These ladies were very aggressive seller; however, the travelers enjoyed the pretzels. Soon, people as far away as in Finland knew Södertälje as the "pretzel town." Nowadays, there are still a few places where you can buy these pretzels (special recipe required), however, the symbol of the pretzel is very prominent. Among other things, one of the town’s major department stores is simply called "The Pretzel," and some sports teams have the symbol on their uniforms.
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