Traditions and customs in Sweden

Sweden customs
Before traveling to any corner of the world it is important to soak up the culture and customs of the place so as not to disrespect the locals and to fit in perfectly. Of course, this is essential whether we travel to the other part of the world or to a nearby corner. And there are always differences in traditions and the ways of acting of the population.

Today, for example, we want to talk to you about the traditions and customs of Sweden, a country that is not too different from the rest of European territories but that has some peculiarities with respect to us. Do you want to join us? It will be very useful if you plan to travel to this country in the north of the continent!

How are the Swedes

Sweden welcomes thousands of travelers each year, most of them for business, research or study. Whether you are in this group of people or traveling to this northern country of Europe For tourism, you must know the customs and traditions of this country. Thus, the most important thing is that you know what Swedes are like, who are characterized by being quite reserved, extremely punctual, friendly and polite. In fact, they are very grateful, so we recommend that you acquire this habit quickly in order to interact in a friendly way with others. The phrase they use to say thank you is "tack sa mycket tack, tack" ("thank you very much, thank you, thank you").

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Relate to Swedes

Now that you know more or less what Swedes are like, you should know how you should interact with them. Thus, you should bear in mind that, in general, they speak little and in a very low voice. On the other hand, these are people who are very jealous of their privacy, so they are not used to having public conversations with strangers. Also, they don't usually talk about politics. As for the greetings, the usual thing is a handshake, although when there is a certain relationship the hug is also common. What they almost never do is kiss. On the other hand, you should know that in appointments everyone usually pays for himself, something that also happens on outings with friends. Another thing to keep in mind is that jokes about sexes, minorities and foreigners are considered in bad taste.

In houses, shops, bars and restaurants

If a Swede invites you to his house, we recommend that you bring a bottle of wine or flowers. Also, keep in mind that before drinking the host must make a toast. It is also important to know that sucos usually remove their shoes before entering home. On the other hand, as we have mentioned before, Swedes are very jealous of privacy, so much so that in shops, bars and restaurants vendors and waiters do not immediately approach customers, but wait for them to call them. And speaking of catering, you should know that in Sweden smoking is not allowed in any closed establishment.

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Important parties

Throughout the year the Swedes celebrate some important festivities. So, after the Christmas, which is lived in Sweden very intensely, the most important festival is Midsommar, or what is the same, the summer solstice. During this day, the Swedes make festive lunches, decorate their hair with flowers, sing songs and drink dry brandy. The Walpurgis Night is also important, or what is the same, the feast of pre-Christian origin, which is celebrated on April 30. During this holiday, people burn those objects that they want to get rid of. Other festivals noted in Sweden are All Saints' Day, Easter and Saint Martin's Day.

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