Swedes are a spirited bunch. Historically, Sweden is part of the ‘Vodka belt’ so it is no surprise that Absolut Vodka is one of the most successful Swedish spirit exports. Brännvin, which translates to ‘burn wine’, is a Swedish speciality made from fermented grains or potatoes. Vodka is the highest grade of brännvin. The history of distilling in Sweden dates back to the 15th century.