Sweden has announced its famous meatballs are actually taken from a Turkish recipe.

Swedish Meatballs

Swedish Meatballs

The nation's official Twitter account made the shocking confession on Tuesday (01.04.08) after the country tweeted to say the popular snack - famously served in the Swedish furniture store Ikea to hungry shoppers - takes its inspiration from a country which is 1,600 miles away.

They said: ''Swedish meatballs are actually based on a recipe King Charles XII brought home from Turkey in the early 18th century. Let's stick to the facts!''

A traditional Turkish meatball is known as a kofte and is formed of minced meat pressed into balls and served with Turkish breads and sauces.

But fans of the dish - traditionally served with gravy and cranberry sauce in Sweden - were shocked by the revelation.

One user tweeted: ''My whole life was a lie.''