All aboard the MS Baltic Queen where not one, not two, but three records were broken by Erasmus Student Network Sweden on 15 November 2022.

Erasmus Student Network Sweden (ESN Sweden) is an interdisciplinary student association whose goal is to better integrate international students studying in Sweden. 

The organization has 14 local sections that are all united under the name ESN Sweden.

The record attempts took place out at sea in Stockholm, Sweden at their annual ESN Sea Battle, an international cruise between Stockholm, Sweden and Tallinn, Estonia.

To celebrate the special 30th edition of this cruise and highlight the diversity of their students, record attempts were held centred around nationalities.

The first record attempted on deck was the most nationalities at a coffee party, which incorporated the Swedish tradition of Fika.

Fika, is a Swedish custom of enjoying a hot beverage and pastry treat with friends. 

 banner signalling the record attempt for the most nationalities at a tea party

The attempt took place in two separate lounges, and participants’ nationalities were verified at the door by the official adjudicator Victor Fennes and kept to hand with a logbook. 

As this was a new record category, the minimum to break was 50 nationalities. 

However, this was smashed and the record was broken with 75 different nationalities taking part!

For the next record, participants had to warm up their singing voices as they attempted to break the most nationalities in a simultaneous popular music sing-along.

According to Erasmus Student Network, this was the most difficult record to pull off.

 students smiling to the camera during the simultaneous popular music sing along

As according to the Guinness World Records guidelines the singing had to be synchronised, and that any participants who do not sing the whole way through, would be disqualified.

The song was no other than Swedish powerhouse ABBA’s hit ‘Gimme, Gimme, Gimme’ and a total of 85 different nationalities came together to broke the record.

This record was previously held by The Worshipful Company of World Traders (UK) on 8 October 2018 with 84.

Lastly, it was time for an epic party as the record for the most nationalities at a dance party was up for grabs.

 aerial view of participants taking part at the dance party

To the sound of Swedish House Mafia's 'Don’t You Worry Child' a total of 84 nationalities strutted their stuff.

Due to the scale of all these records, stewards were on hand to make sure everyone participated.

Erasmus Student Network Sweden were particularly proud of these records as all attempts occurred in just one single day.

Our world is full of wonders! I remember reading the Guinness World Records book when I was a kid and dreaming about how diverse and unique and beautiful the world around us is. Our goal was to bring together international students from all over the world and show them that when we all work together, nothing is impossible. I hope that this achievement will inspire modern youth to dream, dare and try, because no matter where we are from or who we are, we all live in the same boat called 'Earth', sailing into a brighter future based on unity diversity, happiness and love. - Alex Sedov, Event Manager – Erasmus Student Network Sweden

This one intense day of record-breaking took seven months of planning and provided a day to remember of their international students.

“I am very glad that I found this trust in the team when I proposed to break a Guinness World Records titles, so that we together managed to organise the 30th edition of ESN Sea Battle, where we broke three world records.” said Oscar Backman, the Financial Officer at Erasmus Student Network Sweden.

“Only with this professional management, great respect for each other, and care for what we work for, this was possible.”

adjudicator posing with participants and the three record certificates

Congratulations to the team and the students!

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