In Scandinavia door locks or keys often have to be turned contrary to how you are used to turning them to open or close a door.
For example, in Germany a door with a door handle on the right side is usually locked by turning the key clockwise, whereas in Scandinavia you might have to turn it anti-clockwise.
One custom I got to like during my stay was Fika, an afternoon coffee break featuring a cup of coffee and sweet pastry. Most cafes will roll out the sweet pastries shortly after lunch, offering you a chance to partake. I usually took mine in a museum cafe -- the one above was a particularly scenic one attached to the Aquaria.
As I read up on this custom, apparently you're supposed to take Fika with a friend. I was traveling on my own, so it would seem I wasn't quite doing it right. I suppose I could say I was just with my friend Fika.
At Central station you find free news papers in Swedish. There are different kind of papers you get, but they are usually thin and only write all news shortly. They dont describe many situatins in the world or other things, and they usually have lots of commercial. But you can find information about all events which will take place in Stockholm. Always good for a Tourist what will be going on in the city.
The changing of the guard ceremony takes place every day in the Outer Courtyard of the Royal Palace (Kungliga Slottet), on weekdays at 12:15 h and on Sundays at 13:15 h.
The Royal Palace is situated on the small island of the Old Town "Gamla Stan".
The changing of the guard attracts hundreds of tourists in the outer courtyard of the Royal Palace (Kungliga slottet) around midday. It is an entertaining half-hour display of military traditions. If you are spending a half-day or full day on Gamla stan (which tourist doesn't spend at least a half-day here?), time your visit to/around the Royal Palace accordingly.
In summer, the ceremony takes place every day in summer at 12:15 p.m. (1:15 p.m. on Sundays and holidays). During the rest of the year, it takes place on Wednesdays and Saturdays (12:15 p.m. in April, September and October and 12 p.m. in winter) and Sundays (1:15 p.m. in April, September and October and 1 p.m. in winter).
Picture a bar, where everything including the drinking glasses is made of pure, translucent ice from the TOME river in LAPLAND, and where the temperature is below freezing year round.
Sounds like a dream?
In Stockholm the dream becomes reality if you visit what is literally the world's coolest bar : Icebar at the Nordic Sea Hotel. This is a place where you can experience the bitter cold of the North in the middle of the summer.
The walls in the Icebar are made of thick blocks of ice, as is the bar counter and the art works that decorate the bar. Visitors can come as they are, even in summerclothes .
A warm poncho, gloves and shoes are provided.
And you really need these since the temperature in the Ice bar never goes higher than -6C.
Cool off on a hot summerday at the Ice bar located onVasaplan in central Stockholm near the Central Station.
The ice bar is open Mon-Sat 3PM to midnight , on Sundays 3-9 PM
Scandinavia is one of the less places, when it is so dark in winter and so light in summer. This lasts no more than 72 days around 21 December and 21 June but at any time sky of Scandinavia offers unique colours. I haven't been in Scandinavia to enjoy this phenomenon but I am going to correct it this summer ... and of course, you will be one of the first who sees my new experience.
Stockholm is the capital of sweden and that is why many different demonstartions are hold here. The demonstartion can be religious, political, antinazism or antifascism, or for the animal´s rights. There are many demonstrations here. Many of them start or finish at Sergels Torg.
This statue is of a Swedish writer and poet and it was founded in 1982 at the same place. Bejermark has done this statue of Nils Ferlin at Nils Ferlin Torg very close to Klara Kyrka. Here is Nils Ferlin standing and smoking a cigarr.
I don't know whether I should really put this up in the customs tips as I don't know whether this is a custom or not. Atleast it seemed so to me, and so will I continue to think until I get to know something in the contrary from my readers. I came across a park in Sodermalm where I saw some nice sculptures (please see my Things to do Tips) and in the park, many of the trees were wrapped in woolen materials like this. Seems that the trees had cold, or were feeling cold. Must be, it was early February.
On December 13th, the Swedish festival of lights brightens up the long winter nights. It is a day to celebrate saint Lucia (Italian Christian) who is a symbol of love and kindness. Girls wear a white dress and a crown of candles. Boys wear a kind of white pyjama and carry candles. The Lucia queen is chosen and she leads the group. In schools people sing Santa Lucia's song.
The Changing of the Guard ceremony is quite a spectacle to take in. Settle in along the parade route, or line up in the Royal Palace courtyard to await the next shift's arrival. There's an impressive military ceremony, followed by a performance by a military marching band. The units and bands rotate in from all around Sweden, so every ceremony will be slightly different.
Full ceremonies are held from May to September; off-season guard changes are lower-key affairs. The parade starts from across the Norrbro Bridge around 11:45, and arrives at the Palace between 12:15 and 12:20. The ceremony starts an hour later on Sunday. Does that mean the poor Saturday guards have to work 25 hours?
If you're stuck for a conversational topic with a Stockholmer, traffic is always popular. Contrary to many other cities, Stockholm lacks a ring-road and instead consists of a maze of roads criss-crossing the centre, even the E4 motorway at one point has to cross the city north-south. There was nevertheless outrage when the social democrats ruled locally and said no to road tolls like in London, only to be outruled by the government where the green party had suddenly ended up with some power. How dared they rule over Stockholm!? Still, whilst hated by many, just as many seem to like the fact that traffic has decreased and today, most people are more annoyed with the practicalities of collecting this "tax", by little metres in your car which doesn't always work when it is cold, bills are difficult to pay and some cars have been taxed even though they've not even BEEN in Stockholm but similar number plates have been photographed...
The trains too are stuck in jams sometimes, as the bridges from the Central station to Söder are crowded with today's great amount of trains both national and regional. There are talks to build a tunnel under Riddarholmen for some of them. You will have seen it if you've come by train from the south and seen Slussen as in this picture.
The Kanelbulle or free translated the 'cinamon bun' is maybe Swedens most popular cake because you can find it everywhere and always! I really love it and Im sure most people have the same opinion!
If you know Swedish people ask them to make them for you because fresh they are even better!
Apparently this is a Swedish custom during wedding receptions where should either the bride or groom leave the table (for a quick toilet break for example) - guest will be able to take "advantage" of the situation to kiss the bride or groom till the missing party arrives.
So say the groom leaves the table - the men would then all rush to kiss the bride - and vise versa.
Good fun this tradition
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