Some myths are a lot more difficult to upend than others – and this particular one seems to be immortal and unaffected by both facts and hard evidence.
Sure, there are a few polar bears in zoos around Sweden, but are there polar bears or penguins roaming about in the average icy-cold Swedish city during the winter? It’s not far from the Arctic Ocean, after all…
Related stories from around the North:
Canada: Polar bears surprise residents of northern Canadian community, CBC News
Finland: Rains force bears out of hibernation in Finland, Yle News
Russia: Russia hosts meeting on polar bears, Eye on the Arctic
Sweden: Bear hunt quota worries reindeer herders in Sweden’s Arctic, Radio Sweden
United States: Polar bears diverged 4 to 5 million years ago, but interbred with brown bears, Alaska Dispatch