This character is a representation of one of my three closest friends from Massachusetts (the other two haven't come in yet). As fate would have it, the person she's based on is actually Swedish. I learned most of what I knew pre-moving to Denmark about Scandinavia from her. We had a very funny conversation about culture shock, where everything she listed that she was concerned we'd have issue with, like Scandinavians comfort with nudity or their disinterest in striking up conversation with strangers, were things we considered pluses, not minuses. I remember I woke up one morning with the shocking realization that she had a perfect American accent, but had perfected her English with years as an aupair in the UK. She's the only other person aside from myself that I've met who's so good at imitating accents.