Exaggerated, but not entirely untrue. But that goes for most western countries. European food culture has its roots in the cuisines of only a few countries like Italy and France. Traditional food in most other European countries is either very heavy or very simple, or both. We were saved by the french and italians and then later on by non-European cuisines. Thank god for that. Ironically all rankings of the best restaurants in the world today include a huge number of Nordic restaurants. Many of them claim to work within a Nordic tradition and serve things like moss with elderberry infused reindeer cheeks with salt extracted from seaweed. Nobody in any Nordic country have ever eaten things like that before. They ate herring and potatoes.
The interesting thing with Swedish (and Nordic) design is that we have an extremely strong and easily identifiable tradition in areas like architecture, interiour design, arts & crafts etc. But even if there are a large number of successful Nordic fashion designers, it's more difficult to identify a "Nordic look". Maybe with the exception of a few designers of womens clothes like Marimekko in Finland. Dont know why though.
If you are referring to Noma, the guy is Albanian, born in Macedonia.
I wouldn't agree with that most European cuisines draw from French or Italian. Lot of the stuff were completely unknown in (Western) Europe before Turkish conquests. Whole Panonian (I.e. Hungarian) style is another story.
I always remember once, in my hometown of Belgrade, after ton of food, my colleague (German from Stuttgart) mentioned German cuisine. We all looked at him, and asked "What cuisine?".... Uh, good that we were drunk :-)