Swedish Culture

| Norrland | Hunting | Personality | Style | Food | Alcohol | Tobacco | Loppis |
| The Little Things | Gambling | Swedish Quotes | Winter Sports |

While I personally find a lot of things similar between Sweden and America, there are many differences. As with any culture, the consumption of food and alcohol is unique. The Swedish style, while it can be seen at H&M, is very different from America, as well as, surprisingly, their use of tobacco, the snus!

Sweden is a large country as well, therefore there does exist a cultural difference between different parts of Sweden. Most notably is Norrland’s culture different from the rest of Sweden.

Let’s take a look at Swedish culture as a whole, but mostly from the perspective of a Norrlander.

Swedish CultureNorrland

Norrland starts from Gävle and goes all the way to the very northern tip of Sweden. During the summer it is mostly light, and during the winter it is mostly dark. Perhaps because of the winter, or perhaps because of the type of people that would want to live there, Norrland is filled with innovators, even though it has a small population.

Nature is everywhere in Norrland, and it is hard to get away from it. Even if you are in a larger town, if you leave you will be surrounded by forest. Berry and mushroom picking, along with hunting and fishing, are favorite pastimes. There is not a person who lives there that doesn’t love to be outside. Read more...

Hunting

The moose population has risen in the last year, making hunting almost a necessity. It may also have something to do with being able to survive in -40 degrees during the winter. Usually moose is hunted in the fall, and eaten all winter long. Read more…

Personality

Some say that the Swedes are cold, but in reality, they are some of the most friendly people in the world. In general, they may not be quick to express emotion and tend to be non confrontational. But they will be some of your best friends in the world. Read more…

Fashion & Style

There is something unique about the Swedish style, which you can get a glimpse at IKEA. But when you take a step in the country, their style stands out and you began to see its uniqueness. Read more…

Food

A Swedish McDonalds? How about that moose meat? Is it time for a fika? Swedish food may not have tons of different ingredients, but there is something so much fun about it. And it could have something to do with all the candy they eat! Read more…

Alcohol

While there are some strict rules in place regarding alcohol, and it is only sold by the government in special stores, it hasn’t seemed to stop Swedes from knowing how to party. While they don’t drink during, the week, they definitely make it up during the weekend. Read more…

Loppis

The Swedish garage sale! Its amazing what you can find at these markets. Loppis can be found all over the country. Some are in small shops in Stockholm, in old houses in Norrland, or are organized markets. It just goes to show, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure! Read more…

The Little Things

Every country has these little things that make it unique. The things you only start to notice if you hear about them, or if you live in Sweden for awhile. Read more…

Gambling in Sweden

Yep, gambling is legal in Sweden. The way the system works seems winning on all sides! Read more…

Swedish Quotes

Some famous quotes that you may or may not hear in Sweden, and are 100% Swedish. Read now…

Winter Sports

Sweden, especially Northern Sweden, has a long winter. Usually there is snow for 6 months. So what does one do? Go skiing! And enjoy other winter sports of course. Read more…

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