is a Swedish
means something like "open sandwich", and bord
is simply a table.
But still, it is not a table full of sandwiches. Instead, it contains quite a lot of small dishes, typically all the Swedish specialties
will be there. That means herring
in all variations (sweet-pickled, pickled with onions, mustard, dill, whatever), Swedish meatballs (köttbullar
, boiled and fried potato
es and so on.
It is said that in former times each guest used to bring a cold dish to a party, and so the smorgasbord
came into being. Nowadays they are common in Swedish homes for the big celebrations on Christmas and Easter, as well as in hotels and anywhere you would normally expect a buffet.
Interestingly, the word in English can also be used figuratively, meaning basically "a large variety where there's something for everybody".