I come from a family of immigrants and expats. My sisters and I were born in the Philippines, and we immigrated to the US when I was a little girl. My father was spent most of his life in Micronesia, Polynesia and South East Asia. His sister lived in Polynesia and Japan. And my grandmother also spent many years in South East Asia. So when I first moved to China, my dad said to me, “You’ll be just fine. You’ve got it in your blood to travel the world.” I think he’s right. But my travels have been limited to Asia. While I love Asia, I want to see more.
Top on my current I want to go to there! list is Sweden.
I find the landscape beautiful. As a NW girl, I really appreciate the outdoors- although I spend most of my time in front of a monitor working. Try a Google image search for “Swedish landscape” and you’ll be hard-pressed to find anything you could remotely call “not-pretty.”
The people also look really, really hot. I have to visit any country that produced this
But most importantly, I have not seen a plate of Swedish food that I don’t want to inhale.
I’m so hungry now with no way to satisfy my craving. Someone needs to open a Swedish restaurant in Changping stat!
I stumbled across this interesting site that details the etiquette of different cultures. I’m sure it’s mostly a generalization. However, I found what they listed for Americans to be pretty true. We do like our personal space, and we are direct and to-the-point.
Here is a little bit of what Kwintessential has to say about the Swedes. If I have any Swedish readers, can you tell me if you find this accurate? I’m interested to know.
One of the key characteristics of Swedish culture is that Swedes are egalitarian in nature, humble and find boasting absolutely unacceptable. In many ways, Swedes prefer to listen to others as opposed to ensuring that their own voice is heard.
When speaking, Swedes speak softly and calmly. It is rare that you were witness a Swede demonstrating anger or strong emotion in public.
The family in Sweden is extremely important and as such, the rights of children are well protected.
Do not offer a toast to anyone more senior to you in age. When offering a toast then lift your glass and nod at everyone present looking from those seated on your right to those seated on your left before taking a sip. You should then nod again before replacing your glass on the table.
Business Personnel in Sweden are typically fairly reserved and as such it is important that all dealings are formal and serious until it is deemed acceptable by the respective Swedish personnel to allow events to become more relaxed.
Read more on Kwintessential.
I stumbled over your your post and started reading it. I am Swedish and live in the north of Sweden. You wanted to know if the text from kwintessential is correct concerning swedish people…. Hum I would say in some ways… The part about toasting I find very odd… don´t know what that is all about… Otherwise it kind of correct but as you said, a generalization.
If you compare someone from Sweden to an American, the Swedish person would probably think that Americans are very loud and a bit rude (not that this is the case) but swedes are a bit more reserved and it is very important to be polite!
You should absolutly visit Sweden! I hope I was of some help! /Angela
Thank you for your reply! I’d love to visit Sweden soon. What is the best time of year to visit?
Each season has it’s charm. We usually get a lot of snow in the winter, beautifully coloured trees in the fall (but unfortunately quite a lot of rain), hot summer days and nights with midnight sun in the north. In the spring you can almost see and smell the nature explode with life. My personal opinion is that late august/early september is the best month of the year in sweden. It is still bright outside late at night but not the intense heat that we get in the late june-mid july. but that is just me. I do not appreciate the summer like most other swedes
If you want to experiance mountains like the second landscape picture you have to go to the north of Sweden, way north of stockholm. But the first and third pictures are a quite common sight in the woods of just about the whole scandinavia.
I don’t get the whole toasting ritual that you presented. It might just be an old form of ettiquette. Nothing to take consideration in every day life 😉 But the rest of the kwitessential text seems to be correct but then again as you said a great portion of generalization.
I hope you have a nice time here.
Ps those pictures of food made me hungry aswell, if you didn’t know, the first food picture is of “Kåldolmar and potatoes with brown gravy and lingonberry jam” and the second picture is the classical “Swedish meatballs, potatoes, brown gravy and lingonberry jam”
Thank you for sharing! I really can’t wait to visit Sweden one day. It looks so beautiful.
I’m actually back in the US for Christmas, and am going to be paying the Swedish restaurants in Seattle plenty of visits while I’m here. There aren’t many in Seattle, but that’s still a lot more than in China! 🙂
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Whilst looking for a holiday cottage in Sweden, I came across your website. Even though I am proud that you like my picture enough to put it on your webiste, I think it would be fair to mention something like “Photos provided by Panoramio are under the copyright of their owners” plus the name of each owner with the respective photo. The top one of the little stream in the forest is actually mine and it was taken in 2007 when we visited Sweden for the first time.
Hi Steffie! Thank you for pointing this out, and I apologize for that! Your photo is amazing. I’d love to link it back to your portfolio as well, if you have one online.
Thanks JennyPurr. The photo is amazing because Sweden’s nature is amazing. I don’t have a portfolio, I only share a couple of photos on Panoramio. Google steffie+franken+panoramio and you’ll find a few more pics I took in Sweden and some other places I visited.
Thanks for taking the time to put the Copyright notice underneath the picture.
Have a nice day!
I have been to Sweden many times and it is a beautiful place, you should absolutely go there! 🙂
I agree. In your opinion, what’s the best time of year to visit?