Emotions in Sweden

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Sweden"

The way Swedes express feelings is subtle

Refrain from showing negative feelings

Anger, frustration or any type of aggressiveness

Positive feeling you may express, but keep it subtle

Be excited without body movement

Be happy in silence

Except when watching ice hockey

Or drinking

Welcome to Sweden

Unless you come from Finland

Swedish emotional feedback will be challenging to interpret

Everyone sees the world through their own cultural glasses

We interpret behaviors of others based on what it means in our own culture

You may need a guide in Sweden


Source: "The Social Guidebook to Sweden"

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