Typically Swedish #76-100, Page 4/4

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76. During the Christmas holiday season, you use to drink Glögg, to which you add almonds and raisins


77. The weeks before Christmas, you drink the so-called Julmust, which basically is a cola with a slightly different taste. You claim it’s sweeter and better than Coca Cola

schwedischer Julmust

78. On Christmas you eat from a speazial Christmas-smorgasbord called julbord, that contains 90% exactly the same food that you find on any other Swedish holiday celebration smorgasbord

Julbord Weihnachtsessen in Schweden

79. Between Christmas and New Years you finish conversations when you bumped into someone wishing a god fortsättning, meaning “good continuation”

mellandagar Schweden


80. You have at least one pack of knäckebröd in your kitchen cupboard

Knäckebrot Schweden Wasa - Hej Sweden


80. When you enter a pharmacy, public authority or want to buy a mobile phone in a store, the first thing you do is looking out for a nummerlapp-automat (number-dispenser). Ubiquitously used all over Sweden to enable almost perfect queueing justice



82. When you want to order an alcoholic drink at a bar, the waiter will give you a choice between en noll-fyra eller noll-sexa, meaning “do you want 0,4 or 0,6 deciliter of an alcoholic drink (e.g. Vodka) your mix”

Preisliste im schwedischen Nachtclub
Preisliste im schwedischen Nachtclub


83. When you ask your friends where you can buy a certain product, like for example a sofa or blender, they will probably tell you to kolla på blocket, “Have a look at blocket”, the Swedish version of Craigslist or Ebay (without the bidding system though)

Blocket Schweden Website Screenshot
Blocket.se Screenshot


84. You figure distances between two places in mil, Swedih miles, (1 mil = 10 kilometers)

Schwedische Meile
Schwedische Meile statt Kilometer (Google Map)


85. When you want to express your anger at someone you avoid direct confrontation by putting up an arglapp (angry note)

Arglapp Zettel der Ärgernis in Schweden


86. When a wasp gets closer than 1 meter, you get afraid and wave your arms wildly to defend yourself from this unpleasant invader

Wespe macht Schweden ängstlich
Wespe … und weg ist der Schwede.


87. Mooses, of course

Elche zum Kuscheln
Elche zum Kuscheln


88. The Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi, is probably one of the most media covered Swedish buildings

Ice Hotel Schweden


89. When you eat something that you consider very delicious, you express your delight saying mums mums or  nom nom nom

Mums mums!
Mums mums!


90. You can buy milk called mellanmjölk “in-between milk”, aiming at the percentage of fat it contains


91. Heavily associated with Sweden, this blueprint for Swedish feminism: Pippi Longstrump,Pippi Longstocking

Pippi Langstrumpf Schweden
Pippi Langstrumpf (Screenshot YouTube)


92. Essential part of every complete birthday-buffet: the smörgåstårta (sandwich cake)

Schwedische Smörgåstårta mit Schweden-Flagge


93. Every Sunday, you can see raggare posing with their american oldtimers cruising through the city

Raggare in Schweden amerikanische Autos


95. You’re a bit proud of your viking heritage, but rather wouldn’t say it out loud

Wikinger in Schweden vikingar


95. You regularly meet friends or dates for a fika (having a coffee and maybe some pastry)

Kanelbullar Hej Sweden Schweden erleben

96. IKEA, of course

IKEA Schweden

97. Every year when the Nobel Price laureates being announced on the radio, you listen carefully, but forget the names and achievements within seconds. Instead, you find it much more interesting what the Royal family is wearing at the Nobel Price gala

nobelpreis schweden


98. You or your parents have a dalahäst (dala horse) at home. Every time you look at it, it makes you feel Swedish

Schwedisches Dalapferd Dalahäst


99. When you’re asked to pick a certain amount of something, you most likely answer lagom – “Not too much and not too little”

Lagom Schweden


100. Try to fit in and inte sticka ut (don’t stick out)!
This fundamental concept of the Swedish way of interacting is summed up in the “law of Jante”, Jantelagen, which you like to explain to every Sweden visitor who asks you the question “What is typically Swedish?”

jantelagen sweden schweden 2


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2 thoughts on “Typically Swedish #76-100, Page 4/4”

  1. Hi fellow German! Just stumbled across your blog and think its really cool. This list made me laugh a lot. I visited Sweden for the first time in Mai and totally fell in love. I am actually considering to find a job in Stockholm next year when I have finished my MBA. Keep up the good work, I find your blog very informative and you seems to put a lot of effort and time in it! :)
    Cheers, Daniela

    • Hej Daniela! I’m really glad you like my blog. Stockholm is an amazing city. I have been living there for a while and loved it. Once you’ve found a job and apartment, you’ll probably have a great time there. Let me know in case you have any questions! matthias (at) hejsweden.com


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