My extensive Google based research suggests that the reason Swedes love licorice so much is because they have a naturally salty palette from centuries of eating salt preserved fish and meat during the long cold winters.
I don't know for sure but I can tell you that when you eat with my Swedish family you can tell they are very partial to adding salt.
There is even an annual Licorice Festival in Stockholm which boasts over 600 square metres of licorice on display each year.
I had intended just to write about licorice here but I'm afraid I just can't help myself; My childish sense of humour must point out something that I find funny about Swedish sweets..... their names!
And who can't resist a......