Top 5 tips for blending in with the Swedes

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Being new in Sweden can be challenging. It’s not always easy to get a firm grasp on the culture and societal norms. Many people who visit or move to Sweden can experience confusing and sometimes even embarrassing moments as newcomers to the country.
Last updated: September 8, 2022
To help you get as prepared as possible, we want to share some insights into Swedish society. If you’re coming to Sweden soon, they might prevent you from experiencing some awkward moments. So, without further ado, here are the top 5 tips for blending in with the Swedes:


Wait your turn

Sweden is known for having an organized and orderly society. So it may be no surprise that numerous ticketing systems are in place. These systems can be found anywhere and everywhere, from grocery stores and pharmacies to tax offices and banks.

Besides ticketing systems, there are plenty of other queues you will experience in Sweden – even while waiting for the bus! Learn to exercise your patience, and you’ll fit right in.

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Cut the small talk

As Swedes tend to be fairly reserved – “chit chat” and “small talk” with strangers or even neighbors is virtually nonexistent. Swedes may even go as far as to do a window or peephole check before leaving their home to ensure no one else is around!

Don’t take it personally – Swedes are simply content to keep to themselves. If you’re coming from a more open, perhaps even “overly-friendly” country, you will probably experience a bit of culture shock with this one.


Partake in daily “fika”

Fika Sweden
Fika is an essential part of the Swedish culture

If you’ve never heard of “fika,” it won’t take long to learn the term once you arrive in Sweden. Fika is essentially a dedicated time to enjoy coffee and sweets while socializing with friends, family, and coworkers. You can do it everywhere – at home, at work, or at a café.

Swedes may have fika daily, sometimes even twice a day. There are so many delicious Swedish desserts and pastries, and fika is the perfect opportunity to enjoy them.


Dress to impress

The Scandinavians are known for having a great fashion sense, and the Swedes are no exception. This is especially apparent in Stockholm – almost everywhere you look, both men and women seem to have a very put-together yet effortless style.

Achieving this sense of style may be a daunting task to some, but we’ll share with you an insider’s tip: black is always in fashion!


Get outdoors

Outdoor life in Sweden
The Swedish nature and outdoor life is amazing – Photo: Karlo Boni/Unsplash
This is one of the things newcomers appreciate most about Sweden. Talk to a Swede, and almost every one of them will say they love the great outdoors. They enjoy being in touch with nature, from hiking and camping to scavenging the beloved chanterelle mushrooms in local forests.

Moreover, Sweden prides itself on its right to public access, which means everywhere is essentially open to exploring. And with such a beautiful country, the opportunities are endless.

Featured image: Linus Mimietz/Unsplash
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