Swedish north of the Artic circle... a Duolingo success story :-)
Up here beyond the Arctic circle it's pretty cold (although nowhere near as cold as you might think), so it is customary to plug your cars into a socket at night (i.e. most of the day :-p) if you want to find them nice and ice-free and warm in the morning. So far nothing new. These ones however had some funny timer system and no English instructions, stumping all eight of us and our three cars. So I started reading the Finnish instructions and about half way through suddenly realized I could understand them !!! And then it dawned on me that it was in fact Svenska :-D
Thanks to Duo and Team Swedish we had a nice cosy car this morning :-)
Yes, my relatives do not live above the Arctic Circle, but they also plug their cars in at night and part of the day. I was not sure by his story if he was in Sweden or Finland, but you are possibly right since he was expecting Finnish instructions. Some of both Sweden and Finland stretch beyond the Arctic Circle.
And there were Finnish instructions, first even. I don't think Swedes would put Finnish in their sockets at all. And you're quite right about their location. In fact, one third of Finland is above the Arctic Circle. Sweden has a bit less than Finland but still a quite large area.
That's Arctic Circle for you :) Here in Helsinki we get something resembling actual sunlight at noon but it gets pretty dark pretty early...(and comparatively Scandinavia is warmer than the same latitudes in America, and the actual don't-go-out-unless-you-really-have-to frosts come in January).
And yes, Swedish is the other official language so you'll find instructions like that in both languages.