Making friends in Sweden

How to Make Friends in Sweden – What to Do & Avoid

According to some polls, Sweden is the worst country to make new friends. And yes, Swedes can seem a little reserved or even cold. But once you understand their culture and social norms it becomes … Read more

Norrland North of Sweden

Norrland in Sweden – 5 (Likely) Reasons Most Swedes Do Not Want to Live There

Sweden has about 10 million inhabitants. About 80% of the population live in the bottom 20% of the country. Why? Here is an attempt to answer the question why most Swedes live in the south, … Read more

What Swedes fear

Swedish Mentality: 5 Things Swedes Hate or Fear

Swedes, just as citizens from any other nation, are afraid of … certain things. To understand the Swedish psyche a little bit better, read the following list of “phenomenas” that many Swedes feel very uncomfortable … Read more

National Day of Sweden Celebrations - King of Sweden in Växjö

National Day of Sweden: June 6th – Why & How Swedes Celebrate Their National Day

Celebrations of the Swedish national day become more and more popular. Nowadays, about every third Swedes celebrates their nation. Originally the June 6th was called the “Swedish flag day”, svenska flaggens dag. First in 1983 it … Read more

How to be Swedish – in 10 Easy Steps

10 Steps to Swedishize yourself You are going to spend some time in Sweden, for travelling, work or a semester abroad? You wonder how to blend in and act like a typical Swede?  Follow the … Read more

Swedish Crayfish Party Traditions “Kräftskiva” – Get Prepared for Sticky, Smelly Fingers!

Swedish crayfish party – kräftskiva A long time ago, Swedes who loved to party, found the calm half year between midsummer and Christmas for too long, so they came up with the idea of squeezing in … Read more

Working in Sweden – 8 Things You Should Know About Swedish Working Culture

Learn the benefits (and drawbacks) of working in Sweden or for a Swedish company. Things to know when you’re at work in Sweden Apart from weekends, holidays and sick leave days, Swedes go to work. … Read more

Nightlife Guide Sweden

60 Steps to Blend in on a Party with Swedes – Nightlife Guide Sweden

In this post I’d like to focus on the party habits of those Swedes in the typical party age, say between 20 and 35. An age when most Swedes live in a place they don’t have … Read more

Swedish culture

Swedes Are Honest People (Most of the Time)

Surprise: Swedish culture is different from yours. But you probably already expected that. Something I particularly like about Sweden and the Swedes, is their honesty. Or, at least, their attempt to be as honest and … Read more

Inviting a Swede: Swedes Find It Difficult to Receive a Favor

Swedes have good personal qualities. They can be generous and welcoming. Plus, many Swedish people have a good memory. In combination this means, Swedes can remember that you invited them for a beer, even if it’s a while ago and … Read more