Sung-Za Ödelycke (second from left) and fellow Korean adoptees from Sweden arrived in Seoul on Monday for the Winter Olympics.
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Sung-Za Ödelycke (second from left) and fellow Korean adoptees from Sweden arrived in Seoul on Monday for the Winter Olympics. Credit: Private.
On the left is a picture of people walking by a big sign reading PyeongChang 2018. On the right is a picture of woman smiling at the airport's baggage claim belt. Two statues of cartoonish bears are behind her.
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Right: Sung-Za Ödelycke arrives at the airport for the Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Left: The Olympic Stadium ahead of the opening ceremony. Credit: Left: AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth/TT. Right: Private.

Olympics attract Korean adoptees from Sweden

4:57 min

With the 2018 Winter Olympics underway in Pyeongchang, South Korea, dozens of Korean adoptees from Sweden are returning to the country of their birth to attend the games. Radio Sweden speaks to one of them.

Sung-Za Ödelycke arrived in Seoul on Monday. The 49-year-old Swede was adopted from South Korea as a two-year-old and has returned many times.

"Watching the Olympics in South Korea is very exciting. In a way I feel Korean but in a way I am very much Swedish. It's difficult to know who to cheer for but I think I would have to say Sweden,"

Click on the link to hear Sung-Za Ödelycke and the history of the adoption links between Sweden and South Korea.

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