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Rules of Friendship

In many places around the word, this is when you know that you have very good friend. Kids are raised to contribute to a family, to become part of a group. I...

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Alcohol, One Nigh...

The relationship Swedes enjoy with alcohol can be surprising! A few days after I first came to Sweden I wanted to explore the city at night. I saw beautiful ...

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Being Introduced ...

In many places around the world, when you meet someone you know, you introduce the person you are with. This is basic politeness, it is expected and welcomed...

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Swedish Businessm...

How to spot a Swede abroad? When I see one of these men in a foreign airport. I go straight to him and say “Hej, vad heter du?” There is a long silence. And ...

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The Swedish Summe...

From the book "The Social Guidebook to Sweden" Lose yourself in nature away from everyone And everything No road No water No electricity They call it “sommar...

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A Swede Marrying ...

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Sweden" In Sweden you may get married before Or after having children Sometimes people get married in a Church Sometimes not...

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Emotions in Sweden

Illustration: "The Social Guidebook to Sweden" The way Scandinavians express feelings is subtle Refrain from showing negative feelings Anger, frustration or ...

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The Swedish BBQ

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Sweden" The first time I was invited for a BBQ in Sweden I marinaded overnight in Maple Syrup a pork tenderloin  And brought...

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10 signs to spot ...

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Sweden" I was in splendid Thailand enjoying the sunset looking out to the sea. A mother and her teenage daughter walked into...

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In Scandinavia we...

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Sweden" Babies need to learn to suffer like true Swedes Scandinavians love pain and suffering Babies need to get use to it a...

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The Swedish Gentl...

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Sweden"                 As a young man, I was told That a man should always walk between a woman and the cars That a...

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Swedish women are...

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Sweden" At Valentine's day Men around the world want to impress the woman they like They want to make them feel special...

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Swedish women are...

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Sweden" In many countries around the world You will invest time and efforts to make the woman you like feel special Yo...

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My first Julbord

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Sweden" The first time it happened to me I did not know how to react All my Swedish colleagues and supervisors lined up  one...

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Swedes are Nuts!

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Sweden" Think of a coconut It is hard on the outside And soft inside Just like Swedes  Swedes may feel hard from the outsi...

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Expressing Swedis...

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Sweden" People around the world express their warm feelings towards their fathers   Swedes are often more subtle in their p...

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Welcome to Sweden

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Sweden" Welcome to a beautiful country With beautiful people  A place where cities are small, clean, well-organised and un...

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Swedish Rules of ...

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Sweden" In many places around the world Kids are raised to contribute to a family To become part of a group To depend on the...

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Good enough is en...

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Sweden" In Sweden, we try not to make anyone feel better or worse than others We make people feel good Good enough Good ...

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How to make Swedi...

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Sweden" In many countries around the world, you may naturally greet strangers And start talking For no particular reason You...

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Greetings in Sweden

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Sweden" I lived two years in Spain In Spain when you enter a shop you say “¡Hola!” The cashier replies “¡Hola!” And all the ...

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Swedish Women

"The Social Guidebook to Sweden" Since I was 12 year old, I have been told To open doors for women To walk on the right side of the sidewalk To carry women's...

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How to Greet a Swede

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Sweden" In our article about the Swedish Summer House We discussed how Swedes will drive for hours To reach a place where t...

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Sweden and LGBT -...

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Sweden" We already discussed how genders are equal in Sweden How women and men can have the same role in society That kids a...

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Gender Equality i...

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Sweden" In Sweden This situation is totally normal  And encouraged And so is this one Totally normal and encouraged Ge...

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What is Politenes...

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Sweden" Are Swedes polite?  Social codes, norms and manners are different in Sweden If you want to be polite in Sweden Resp...

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Why is he talking...

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Sweden" I was in Brussels I was sitting on La Grande Place A beautiful square in the centre of town Suddenly a man came to s...

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Gender Interactio...

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Sweden" As a young man, I was told That a man should always walk between a woman at the cars That a man should always open ...

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The Swedish Datin...

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Sweden" In most countries around the world When you meet a women you likeYou say “hi” And you invite her for a date If th...

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Swedes vs Norwegians

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Sweden" When you see this man in a foreign airport You can go straight to him and say «Hei, hva heter du?» You know that he ...

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