Facts & Habits

Hey, my loves. As you know I’ve been to Sweden a few weeks ago (you can read about it here;-)). Every time I go to another country there are things that stand out to me. A country’s culture and its peculiarities. Mostly those things are little stupid details. But I think they are beautiful to notice and if you are a traveler soul like I’m you know what I mean by that. And because I always have to luck to stay at other peoples places I even get more involved in the culture. So here we go with a list of little details that were unusual to me and Swedish habits etc.<3

  • There is always time for a coffee and a cake.
  • For every event, there is a starting and ending time. And when it ends it ends.
  • Stores and even restaurants close very early. Mostly at 6 o’clock.
  • In a lot of grocery stores, it has a takeaway salad bar.
  • There are more horses than cows in Sweden.
  • For everything, there is a day. There is even a vegan pizza day.
  • You don’t say anything like “Bless you!” when someone sneezes. You just say nothing.
  • You serve yourself and start eating right away. You don’t wait until everybody sat down at the table. Go for it!
  • Meals in Sweden are “good” salted (maybe that’s just me…).
  • Yogurts are in tetra-packages.
  • There is a mushroom called “Karl Johan” like a former king of Sweden. Because these mushrooms are little and fat.
  • In Sweden, it’s highly important to first let everyone leave the train before you enter it.
  • If you are invited for dinner etc. you, of course, you thank for it. But in Sweden the next time you see your hosts you say “Thank you” again. And if you are invited again you say “Thank you for the last time”.
  • There are very high taxes on alcohol. And if you want to get some you need to order it in advance at certain shops.
  • Alcohol is in Swedish “Öl” (only German-speaking people will understand it…).
  • You can camp on private land with out asking for one night as long as you aren’t annoying.
  • And yes I’m crazy but every time I go to another country there two things I alway notice which differentiate from country to country. 1. The way or the system of closing the windows. And 2.ly the flush buttons. I won’t describe in which way they look different now as that would be too complicated and boring. But I think that’s a fun fact to share.:-P
  • In Sweden, you say everything twice. Espacilly “Thank you” which is “Tack”, so it’s “Tack tack”, and “Hello”. So “Hej hej”.
  • You don’t shake hands you hug.
  • Almost all Swedish persons have a summer cottage.
  • Swedish people absolutely love cooking shows.
  • Swedish people love Loppis. Loppis are second-hand stores where you literally can find everything.
  • Swedish people love to do orienteering.
  • You don’t buy strawberries per kilograms, you buy them per liter.
  • On every Swedish house, there is a ladder.
  • Swedish people drive fast.
  • Swedish people buy just a few things in the grocery store but therefore go more often.
  • Swedish people go to the park with their bikinis to go and get a nice tan.
  • Everyone just pays with the credit card or Swish (app, so you can pay with your phone).
  • Fun fact: 85% of all Swedish people had their first kiss in a “Folketshus”. It’s a public building which you find in every city or even village. It’s a public building where events take place. It’s still a big thing but a few decades ago it was even bigger. You would go there on the Friday evening and dance.
  • A lot of Swedish people are blogging. Sweden is the blogger nation. And of course, the oldest blogger in the world, Dagny Clarsson with her 105 years, is from Sweden too.<3
  • In Sweden, everything is super cheap. But I guess for us Swiss people every other country is cheap, haha.
  • Swedish people are very spontaneous.
  • In every city (at least I think so) there are two train great train stations C and A. C stands for Center and A for Arena (more outside of the city/suburb).
  • Swedish people are great in picking up their trash and not just let it fall on the ground. Thank you so, so much for taking care of our planet!<3

Over all Sweden is another country I absolutely love. And just have to mention that Sweden is a country with an incredibly good infrastructure and wonderful people!<3 Btw. Swedish sounds like Englisch, German and Swiss German mixed together…<3

 

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20 responses to “Facts & Habits”

  1. Miriam says:

    So nice to read about the things that stood out for you in Sweden – how funny that they buy strawberries per liter but any measurement will do for me I just love strawberries 🙂

    Miriam xx

  2. Gemma says:

    Really interesting post! Gemma x

  3. Jennifer says:

    Interesting facts! I’d love to go to Sweden!

    Jennifer

  4. Alifya says:

    Such great and interesting facts! 🙂

  5. Jalisa says:

    What a cool post, girl! I loved getting to know more about the Swedish people and culture, so very interesting! Thanks for sharing and I hope you’re having a great week so far!

    XO,

    Jalisa

  6. Kara Aragon says:

    I love these types of post. I wrote one recently on Puerto Vallarta, MX… I haven’t been to Sweden yet, but would love too. Maybe I’ll be there on Vegan Pizza day which sounds like my most fav day ever!!

    Kara Aragon

  7. Rita Gallech says:

    I’ve never been in Sweden! thanks for all the tips
    Gros bisous

  8. Ellie says:

    Haha, that’s right.<3

  9. Ellie says:

    Thanks!<3

  10. Ellie says:

    You really need to.;-)

  11. Ellie says:

    Happy you liked reading it!<3

  12. Ellie says:

    You are very welcome!
    Bisous à toi aussi!<3

  13. Ellie says:

    Haha, I don’t know when it is. So you need to look it up.;-)

  14. Ellie says:

    Aww, that makes me happy!<3
    I do have a great week so far!;-)
    What about you?

  15. Bella says:

    This is so funny to read for me as I live in Sweden! But we actually have a word when someone sneezes, “prosit!”. Not a real word though, but that’s what we say 😉

    Hugs, Bella

  16. elin says:

    Soo nice to read this things about Sweden<3

  17. Stacey says:

    It’s funny reading this because I’m not Swedish but these all sound a lot like me hahaha! Wonderful observations girl!

  18. Ellie says:

    Oh really?! I was told you just don’t say anything…
    I’m so, so sorry!
    But I won’t correct it because mistakes happen, haha.
    Have a great day!<3

  19. Ellie says:

    Happy you enjoyed reading it!<3

  20. Ellie says:

    Haha, that’s cool!<3
    Thank you, xx.

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