Lonely Planet Writer

Controversy as Ikea Norway changes Swedish meatball dish

Swedish meatballs with mashed potatoes, brown sauce and lingonberry jam is the best selling dish at the restaurants at Ikea stores all over the world.

Swedish meatballs from Ikea.
Swedish meatballs from Ikea. Image by Karl Baron / CC BY 2.0

But Norway has taken the controversial decision to include vegetables…and charge more for the privilege. Health experts in Norway argue that customers shouldn’t have to ‘opt in’ to making their food more healthy and so the company’s Norwegian arm has decided to include vegetables as standard, and charge nine Norwegian kroner ($1) more for the meal. Meanwhile, there is has been opposition on social media, with angry customers furious both at the price increase, and with the decision to change the Swedish recipe. Read more: thelocal.se