SWEDEN FOR DUMMIES – A CRASH COURSE

Swedes have three weeks of winter holidays starting from today – and many of them will spend the time skiing in Paznaun. Håkan and Venke have already arrived in the vanguard. We met up with them in Ischgl and asked them what we need to know about their compatriots. 1. What we eat:
Most people just know Swedish cuisine from Ikea’s cafeteria. Which is totally wrong, because the high north has a whole lot more to offer than just meatballs and crisp bread. Such as gravlax, reindeer ragout or every possible variety of seafood. 2. What we say:
  • Hello! – Hej!
  • Good morning! – God dag!
  • How are you? – Hur mår du?
3. Avoiding faux pas – or what NOT to do Taking a “yes” to mean “yes”
Depending on how that “yes” is said, it can also express doubt or disapproval – “joah”, for example, means something like “leave me in peace, please.” Using surnames
What are normal formalities for us are seen as extremely strange in Sweden. Venke Nilsson is “Venke” and not Mrs. Nilsson – not even if she’s president. Smoking
Smoking is very much frowned upon in Sweden. Smoking is forbidden almost everywhere: in public squares, at bus stops and of course at events, parties and festivals.