Sweden Local Customs

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  • Local Customs
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Sweden Local Customs

  • Museums

    Stockholm Local Customs

    Drottningholms Slottsteater One of Europe's best preserved baroque theatres. A unique attraction with its original scenery, 200-year old stage machinery and interior decoration virtually untouched by the passage of time. Opera and ballet performances. A must see for me one day! At Drottningholm Palace Getting there: subway Brommaplan + bus...

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  • Etiquette

    Malmö Local Customs

    At most places with customer service (e.g. Post Office, Tourist Information, Money Exchange) you have to take a number from a machine. Then you have to wait for your number to be called or to be shown on the display with the appropriate counter. So instead of waiting in a line you are able to browse through other things while waiting for your...

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  • Language

    Stockholm Local Customs

    One of the things Swedes really don't like is someone coming to Sweden speaking any other language than Swedish or English. The way we see it is that we have made an effort to learn the international language and so should everybody else do too.

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  • Tourist info

    Malmö Local Customs

    Sweden is a member of the European Union (EU) since 1995, but not a member of the so called Euro-Zone. That is why the local currency is not the Euro, but the Swedish Crown (Svensk krona). One Swedish Crown is subdivided into 100 Öre. Banknotes have the following values 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 Crowns. Cash money is available from cash...

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  • People

    Stockholm Local Customs

    If wandering around Stockholm museums and sightseeing points, you will probably come across the name Bellman. He was an 18th century poet and trubadour whose songs and melodies are much loved today, Bellman was a poor man who wandered around the inns of Stockholm and described what he saw in lyrics, and drinking culture played a huge part in it all...

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  • Open Swedes

    Malmö Local Customs

    I know that many people tell that Swedes are cold and sometimes unfriendly, but I have had chance ! I only stayed at a bar 5 minutes alone, and some guys asked me if I was enjoying my hollidays, etc... (PS: They were not gay !..lol). And I have meet some people easily. Even a guy that I saw in Geneva !!!!!!!! So I can't say that Swedes are cold !

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  • Customs in the Home

    Stockholm Local Customs

    As most of you may know, the Scandinavian tribes are descendants of the Vikings, whose first recorded attack, in England, was in a.d. 793. The remains of several hundred Viking Age boats have been found in Scandinavia, mostly used as burial chambers. The great majority are small rowing boats, represented only by rusting rivets. Some larger vessels...

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  • Swedish signs

    Malmö Local Customs

    Gatan is the Swedish for street :) However you can definitely get by on English in Malmo, helped no doubt by the fact that English is a compulsory language subject in school. But a few phrases from http://www.sverigeturism.se/smorgasbord/smorgasbord/culture/lifestyle/sentences.html should see you right. :)

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  • Alcohol

    Stockholm Local Customs

    If you want to buy alcohol in Sweden then you must go to Systembolaget. They are the only ones who is alowed to sell alcohol. You must be over 21 years to buy alcohol in Systembolaget. This shopps you can see all over town. DONT FORGET YOUR ID OR PASSPORT IF YOU LOOK YOUNG.

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  • Seaside & canals

    Malmö Local Customs

    On any sunny day, Malmö's citizens gather in Västra Hamnen to walk along the Sundspromenaden seafront promenade (I have never been to Beirut but to me, on busy days it feels like its corniche still), have a coffee or Italian ice cream in a cafe and just people watch. See the second picture just to see how crowded it can get there on a really good...

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  • Tipping

    Stockholm Local Customs

    When I have visited Stockholm I have been told that tourist guides and waitresses/waiters, bellboys are not to be tipped. The last time that I visited Stockholm I had the god luck of being able to have an inofficial discussion with a touristguide. She told me that these persons (tourist guides and waitresses/waiters, bellboys etc) have the really...

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  • Winter bathing

    Malmö Local Customs

    Some Malmö people have a habit of swimming in the Öresund Strait not only in summer but also in freezing winter. This picture is from Sibbarp's Cold Water Bath and NO, those minus signs are NOT a mistake as the picture is from 16 February...

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  • Meals

    Stockholm Local Customs

    In Sweden it is a custom during Easter to fill colourful paper Easter eggs with chocolate and give to your children and loved ones. Since we were travelling in Stockholm around Easter the shops were filled with those eggs and you could even choose your own filling with a selection of chocolate and other yummy things! Then you can use the Easter egg...

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  • Festival

    Malmö Local Customs

    Takes place during the second or third week in August every year and means the city is full of people enjoying concerts, crayfish, world food, street life and childrens event in a mix. OK, it's not Edinburgh by any means but the main stages in the squares have at least one really famous Swedish artist on every evening and then there is folk music...

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  • Holidays

    Stockholm Local Customs

    Do what the locals do and enjoy a cruise. The most popular ones are to Finland, where Helsinki, Turku (Åbo in Swedish) and the Åland Islands are the most popular destinations but Tallinn and now Riga as well as the island of Gotland are other destinations. Åland is popular for three reasons: the islands wanted to be Swedish but that was stopped by...

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  • Music

    Malmö Local Customs

    Swedes are a music loving people. It is easy to find music festivals in the streets of every town and city in the country, or simply people performing dances or coreographies, like theses girls in Malmö's main square. Malmö is hometown to some of Sweden's better known pop groups, like the Cardigans.

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  • Festivals

    Stockholm Local Customs

    Santa Lucia is the queen of light,and her feast day is celebrated on 13 december.Young girls dress in long white robes with a crown of candles and sing their way through institutions such as hospitals,old folks homes and some hotels.

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  • Royal Family

    Stockholm Local Customs

    Walking around Gamla Stan, it is possible to observe a solemn changing of the guard at the western court yard of the Royal palace (Monday-Friday 12.00, Saturday-sunday 13.00). www.hogvakten.mil.se

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  • Crafts and Souvenirs

    Stockholm Local Customs

    The Dala Horse is a symbol of Sweden. These colorful horses date back to the 18th century. In the best of Swedish folk tradition, hand-carved and painted wooden horses from Dalarna. They are real pretty. :o)

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  • Queues

    Stockholm Local Customs

    Stockholm people are often in a hurry, trying to be efficient with their time. This is why you find everyone standing to the right in escalators, leaving the left side to those who want to WALK up. This is taken quite seriously and at rush hour, you may even find yourself being shouted at if you don't respect this rule and stand in the way of...

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  • Facts and Figures

    Stockholm Local Customs

    Sweden is a member of the European Union (EU) since 1995, but not a member of the so called Euro-Zone. That is why the local currency is not the Euro, but the Swedish Crown (Svensk krona). One Swedish Crown is subdivided into 100 Öre. Banknotes have the following values 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 Crowns. Cash money is available from cash...

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  • Long Summer Nights and Appropriate...

    After trying to spend the last few weeks sleeping in the long summer days of Scandinavia, I was starting to get frustrated that every hotel, hostel, cabin, etc. had curtains that barely blocked out the light.I had seen long days in the northern parts of Canada and Alaska before, but not for extensive periods of time, so it was starting to effect my...

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  • The right of public access in general

    The right of public access (allemansrätten) is a unique right that we have in Sweden (there are similar systems in Norway and Finland). It is alike for Swedes and for from visitors from abroad. In short it means that everyone has the right to be out in the countryside. You can use and enjoy all natural spaces in Sweden, whether it is privately...

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  • The right of public access: camping

    The right of public access is great for backpackers and people travelling on a budget. The rules for camping are simple: It is allowed to camp in the countryside for one or two nights in the same place. But there are some restrictions. It is only allowed if you are not disturbing the landowner, or the local people. You are not allowed to put up...

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  • The right of public access: berries

    Let me give you another example of the right of public access (allemanrätten). You are allowed to pick berries or mushrooms in the countryside. But do remember that in areas protected by law, like national parks, nature reserves and historical sites, special rules apply. But in general this rule gives you a great opportunity to taste some of those...

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  • The right of public access: flowers

    You are allowed to pick wildflowers under the right of public access, but only the ones that don't have a protected status. Now here is where things might get very complicated. Some flowers are protected in one area, but not in another. Like this flower for instance, the Gullviva. In the part of Sweden where I live (Södermanlands Län) the flower is...

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  • The Systembolaget

    When you want to buy alcohol in Sweden, you have to go to the Systembolaget. The selling of alcohol in Sweden is state controlled and that means that you can only buy it in these stores. Every bigger city has at least one. The assortment of the systembolaget is huge, especially in the wine section. It's the world's largest importer of wine. There...

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  • Driving in Sweden

    Driving in the north of Sweden sometimes includes driving on ice-roads. When the temperature has been low for quite some time, the crossing of rivers can be done by car (!). However, only go on the marked trails.And did you know that when driving on ice you unbuckle your seat-belt, so that you can easily get out of the car, should the ice...

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  • Some beautiful Swedish music

    You can download and listen to the beautiful song Koppången here: http://www.knopfler.net/mp3/koppangen.mp3 Sweden has a rich culture of Folk Music and Dance. The folk tunes often appear in the art music, as well.I particularly love much of the Swedish folk tunes, as they are generally in a lighter mood than my own country's, and still very...

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  • 24th December: Christmas time!

    Holidays & celebrations of Sweden24th December: Christmas time!God Jul! (Merry Christmas!)24th December : Christmas time! Not the 25th and 26th are the most important days for Swedes, but the 24th is the 'real' Christmas day!For me that is something to get used to, as I never considered the day of 'Christmas Eve' part of Christmas. That has never...

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  • Swedish Festivals

    1) Christmas Festival:-Lucia - celebrated on 13th December (not an official holiday).Christmas - celebrated to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ24th December (Christmas Eve) - public holiday25th and 26th December - public holidays.New Year - 31st December (New Year's Eve) is treated as a Saturday1st January - public holiday.Epiphany -...

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  • Allemansrätten (The right of Common...

    Everyone living in Sweden enjoys certain rights and privileges in the countryside which is known as allemansrätten or the right of common access. The countryside is accessible to everyone living in Sweden provided you do not litter, cause any damages, cut down trees or bushes or disturb other people. You may pick mushrooms, berries and flowers...

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  • Kräftskiva: lobsters, songs and snaps

    If you have the luck to be guest of a Swedish family in summer as I had, you can miss the Lobsters evening. (Kräftskiva). Small river lobsters are grilled, schnaps are drunk and traditional songs are sung. The amtosphere is great and if you can enjoy the light of the summer, even greater. Better not to drive after that :-)

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  • Driving with mobile

    Surely everybody knows that Scandinavian rules for drunk drivers are really very severe and probably are as severe as in your country. But probably you dont know that Sweden is one of the few European countries where to drive while having a mobile phone in hand is not forbidden yet.

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  • Julmust

    Julmust (jul = Christmas, must = must) is a soft drink that we drink during Christmas. Wikipedia defines the must: "Must is made of carbonated water, sugar, hops extract, malt extract, spices, colouring (E150), citric acid, and preservatives. The hops and malt extracts give the must a somewhat beer-like taste, but must is not fermented and contains...

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  • Holidays & celebrations of Sweden

    Holidays & celebrations of SwedenDuring the year we celebrate several usual and maybe to you a bit more unsual holidays:New Years Eve (31 December) and New Years Day (1st January)13 afton (6 January)20 Knut (13 January)Valborgsmässoafton/Walpurgis Night (30th April)1Maylångfredagen/Good Friday (The Friday before Easter)Easter (2 days: the Sunday...

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  • Alla Helgons Dag

    Holidays & celebrations of SwedenAlla Helgons DagAlla Helgons Dag, or in English All Saints' Day is an official Holiday in Sweden. In the past this day has always been the 1st of November, as it still is in many other countries. The roots of this day are from the Catholic Church with the All Saints Day on November 1, followed by All Souls' Day on...

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  • Flag/Red Days

    There are certain days in Sweden where you might see little flags on top of the buses or trams. This is because those days are called Flag Days and are:* Jan 1: new year's day* Jan 28:, the King's name day* Mar 12: the Crown Princess' name day* Easter Sunday: sometime in March or April* Apr 30: the King's birthday (and the Last of April festival...

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  • Advent Celebrations: Lucia

    Lucia is celebrated every 13th of December and initiates formally the Christmas celebration. In the ancient Swedish farm society, people used to eat, drink and party all night long and one of the farm ladies had a white gown and carried a crown with lit candles on her head, as they believed the Lucia day had the longest night of the year.Modern day...

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  • Advent Celebrations: Candlesticks and...

    Advent is the season of preparation before Christmas, here in Sweden of 4 Sundays before Christmas Eve. We start by having an Advent candlestick with decorations and one candle that we light on the first Sunday, 2 on the second, 3 on the third and all 4 on the fourth. By the time the 4th candle is lit, a "stair" is formed from the other 3 candles...

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  • Systembolaget: Wine and Spirits Store

    This is the only place in Sweden where you can buy wine, spirits and beer with a certain (higher) alcohol percentage (you can buy some beer and cider with a low alcohol percentage on supermarkets like Ica and Coop). They monopolize alcohol selling to, and I quote from their site, " minimize alcohol-related problems by selling alcohol in a...

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  • Knäckebröd

    The best way I can describe knäckebröd is like a thicker form of a cracker. Knäckebröd is fairly popular as breakfast and/or between meals snack and the variety of toppings you can have on your open face sandwich is almost endless.

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  • Crayfish Parties

    Crayfish parties are, well, parties where Swedes gather round to eat crayfish. They're held in August as a late summer pastime. The crayfish are boiled in water with a little salt and seasoned with dill. To this people drink beer and/or snaps.I'm afraid I cannot take part in these festivities due to allergy to fish and seafood :(

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  • Midsummer Celebrations

    Midsommar, or midsummer, is one of the most ancients traditions in Sweden. The celebrations are held on "midsommarafton" or the eve of midsummer, which is the Friday under the period of 19th of 25th of June. People wear a flower crown made of birch (soft) branches and covered with 7 kinds of flowers. Then people build a maypole, decorated it and...

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  • Julbord - the Christmas Table

    Julbord is a smorgasbord with dishes that most treat as traditional during the Christmas holidays. Some of the dishes are herring, gravad lax (salmon cured in salt), lutefisk, the traditional Christmas ham, boiled potatoes, "leverpastej" (similar to foie gras), roasted pork ribs, small sausages, meatballs, red beet sallad and Janssons temptation -...

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