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What Distinguishes the Swedish Mailbox?

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Winters in Sweden are notoriously cold, but that doesn’t stop the postal service. The postboxes need to be built tough to endure the months of below freezing temperatures. Over the years, the bright red steel mailbox with its crown-and-horn logo has become part of Swedish iconography. Whether you love the aesthetics of the Swedes or you’re looking for a reliable postbox, there’s plenty to love about the traditional Swedish mailbox.

These postboxes are made with galvanized steel and are completely weatherproofed. With dimensions of 15 ¼’’ x 10.5” x 5”, there’s plenty of room for all your mail. Many people attach them directly to their house or fence by first mounting them on some wood.

Curious about the story behind the crown-and-horn logo? It’s a variation of the official logo for the Swedish postal service, the PostNord Sverige. Their postal service was established in 1636, and by the 18th century, it was operating nationwide. Today, their logo is a simplified crown and horn in blue and yellow, but the more detailed version endures on these iconic mailboxes. The crown in the logo is a tribute to the Tre Kronor or Three Crowns, the national emblem of Sweden. The horn is a callback to the post horn, used in the 18th and 19th centuries to announce the arrival of the mail.