As a new-Swede you not only have to master the Swedish language or start eating kanelbullar (cinnamon buns) in combination with strong coffee during fika-breaks. You also have to get rid of your extra-pounds.
You actually don’t have to. Swedes are decent enough to not tell you that it’s actually time to avoid eating two chokladbollar (chocolate balls) per day. Swedes are kind, even if you ask for their honest opinion, they won’t tell, if they think the truth could hurt you.
But if you look around while you’re in a café in Stockholm or even in the city centre of a small town in Småland, you’ll notice, Swedes tend to be in rather good shape.
Being in shape gives Swedes two major benefits: better health and the ability to fit into skinny jeans
If you want to wear jeans like a Swede, just go to your wardrobe and pick that old pair that’s in the bottom of the stack.
Of course not all Swedes are tall, fit and good looking, but you’ll notice a high density of attractive people passing by on the sidewalks in Sweden.
Swedes at the gym
So, dear new-Swede, get a gym membership or – if you don’t like walking around in colorful tights taking selfies of yourself posing in the mirror – at least go out for a ‘promenad’ in Sweden’s beautiful nature.
Useful Swedish vocabulary for conversations about fashion in Sweden
- gym – gym
- tights – tights
- promenad – walk
- träningsvärk – sore muscle
- Går du på gym, eller? – You’re going to the gym, don’t you?
- magrutor – sixpack
- De här byxorna är inte tillräckligt tajta. – Those trowser don’t aren’t tight.
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