For a long time the electric Advent candelabra was strictly a Swedish tradition. Nowadays you might run into them in other parts of the world, thanks to Swedish export wonder and interior giant IKEA.
The fact that the electric Advent candelabra became such a huge success in Sweden is rather easy to explain, Tora Wall says.
”In the country of its origin, innovations always tend to have a strong impact.”
There might be other factors as well, like the Swede’s devotion for lighting in general.
”Light has a strong symbolic importance in Swedish culture. It dates back to ancient times where our ancestors lit bonfires to celebrate a new year. Later on, pagan rituals and religious customs have merged into new traditions and it is difficult to derive the different light traditions to just one source. But in the end, I guess it is still about the light offering security and warmth. As simple as that.”
Sources: ”God Jul” by Lena Kättström Höök, Nordiska Museets förlag. Wikipedia.