Tips and tools for private and business dealing with Sweden regarding temperament, culture and values, are Sweden and Germans similar. However there are pitfalls and goofed for the Germans, who are on vacation or on a business trip in Sweden, enough. Who avoids them, sparing embarrassment or even anger. Generally, it is welcomed, in neighboring Sweden, if it is not too much in the foreground. You should behave carefully, restrained and politically correct towards others. It is loud, aggressive, and as a “Know-it-all”, one must reckon with rejection.
This and similar experiences gathered in a travel etiquette Sweden Germans who live in Sweden. The Advisor’s behavior tips and guidance for everyday life and invitations in Sweden. Among the practical behavior tips, one takes off his shoes as soon as you enter a Swedish House. Also in schools, kindergartens or at the dentist it takes off the shoes. This one should also keep in mind, when you rent a holiday home in Sweden. Speaking of dentist: perfumed coming in Sweden to the dentist, it may happen that the treatment will be denied one.
Allergies and asthma have resulted in Sweden, that perfume very sparingly and in some cases even no longer applied. Thanks to “Number Lapp”, the Swedish number, visits to the post, in the pharmacy or specialty shops go always in sequence, without crowds. You need not to stand and can sit down in peace. None can jump the queue itself. Smoking is socially more frowned upon than in Germany in Sweden. Smoking almost everywhere. Many smokers stop smoking even within their own four walls. Almost all Sweden address each other informally. But that doesn’t mean that you immediately speak to each other with the given name. Here one should wait. In Sweden, it is on time. This applies equally to the business life like for private invitations. You should not appear however too early to an appointment. Swedish driver do not honk. Horn is considered to be unschwedisch, because it is perceived as a loud and aggressive. At the table we used butter knife. One puts the knife back again after use. To use his own knife only to cut. Alcohol in Sweden is still more expensive than on the continent. You therefore holding back private invitations and sees, how and what the others drink. Themselves to operate only when prompted. For historical reasons, there are many sober in Sweden. Sweden was once considered a liberal country. Since Ingmar Bergman’s films, much of the “Swedish Sin” was the speech. Today this has changed. Prudishness is widespread in Sweden on Swedish beaches.