When Sweden won the ice hockey world championships in 1957 in Moscow, the Soviets didn’t have the national anthem ready. The Swedish team decided to sing it over the stadium’s PA system, but didn’t know the words to the anthem, so instead they sang the Swedish drinking song, “Helan går!”.

1957 Ice Hockey World Championships

The 1957 Ice Hockey World Championships were held between 24 February and 5 March 1957 at the Palace of Sports of the Central Lenin Stadium in Moscow, USSR.

Trophy awarded for the 1957 World Championships

This was the last World Championships played on natural ice; and were the first World Championships held in the Soviet Union and they are remembered for the political circumstances surrounding the games. Hungary had been recently occupied by the Soviet Army (to suppress a revolution in October and November 1956), and as a result, the United States and Canada boycotted the World Championships in protest. Joining them were Norway, West Germany, Italy and Switzerland. East Germany participated at the top level for the first time.

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  1. js040405

    Ok this is my new favourite swedish fact

  2. pinniped1

    My favorite national anthem related fun fact is a few years ago Kazakhstan won a medal in some event and the organizers realized they didn’t have a recording of their anthem.

    So somebody went online to download it…and got the one from Borat about potassium exports and semi-clean hookers. That’s what they played for the medal ceremony.

  3. Amehvafan

    I don’t know, that kind of is our anthem.

  4. PerennialComa

    We sing this one more than the national anthem.

    Skål!

  5. GMaimneds

    YA YA – DING DONG

    DING DONG

  6. deathuntor

    Was on an exchange to Sweden a long while back, can confirm Helan går is a sweet sweet song

  7. J_hoff

    That particular drinking song is so popular that it is also widely known in Denmark.

  8. Alabasterjones_

    For Civilization 6 fans, the song they sung is one of the ones they use for the Swedish music in that game!

  9. aitchnyu

    Pre Independent India’s hockey team chose a work song since national anthems were censored.

  10. Dude-Abidez

    Creative and patriotic.

  11. trash-tycoon

    Still better than those Olympic officials who accidentally played Borat’s Kazakhstan national anthem.

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