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National traditions of Sweden. Habits, mentality and the way of living

Norrköping Swedes are descendants of Vikings. Such a historical heritage has affected the local inhabitants and is an important part of their culture. Swedes are characterized by a sense of national identity and militant nature. In their blood, the spirit of rivalry with other Scandinavian countries - Norway and Denmark - has remained. In Sweden, it is customary to criticize neighbors in various spheres: Swedes can ridicule the Danish language which in their opinion is illegible, the straightforwardness of the Norwegians or the slowness of the Finns. However, such stereotypical thinking is only echoes of the past. Despite all the disagreements, the Swedes are in friendly relations with their neighbors.
The national cuisine of Sweden, like many other northern countries, is simple to cook. Local cuisine by right can be called a peasant. It is not …
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Swedes in actuality love their country and believe that within its borders, all residents are equal and should live according to the cultural laws of Sweden. They will not ask visitors about their country, but they will with pleasure tell what a wonderful place they themselves live. They will tell about customs and teach the rules of behavior. Swedes may seem somewhat alienated, but this behavior is due exclusively to courtesy. Most often, this trait evaporates as soon as communication loses its formal character. At the festive table, the Swedes become more open and cheerful. Another characteristic feature of the Swedes is straightforwardness. They always say what they think, and if they for some reason cannot help or fulfill a request, they will just say no.
Urban population in Sweden prevails over rural; urbanization in the country is at the highest level. Many residents are busy working in offices and their day begins without fail, with a cup of coffee. Coffee in the country is drunk in incredible quantities at any time of the day. For this ceremony in Swedish there is even a special word - "fika". Over a cup of coffee, there are three-dimensional conversations on different topics, and the Swedes never interrupt each other. Each participant in the conversation can express his thoughts. To interrupt the monologue is considered bad form and absolutely unacceptable. A compulsory addition to a cup of coffee is the variety of sweets that this country is famous for. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
In Sweden, there are a huge number of different museums, many of which are devoted to the science and history of the state since ancient times. Most …
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Swedes do not like to make hasty decisions. On the contrary, they carefully think and weigh everything. Another important feature of Swedish society is the emancipation of women. Swedish women work equally with men, often occupy managerial positions, and this does not count in the country as something outstanding. Men treat them as equal, the country managed to get rid of discrimination. In Sweden, it is not accepted to help women bring packets, open a door in front of them, or give up seats in transport. In order to get a service, you must first ask, both men and women. The Swedes are considered arrogant, but this is not true. They love their country and are proud of the incredibly high standard of living that they managed to achieve in a short time.
Sweden gave life to such a concept as a "buffet". During food intake, the Swedes put the food on large plates by themselves, cut the pieces of cake and pour the drinks themselves. Such a system, combined with traditional Swedish restraint, allows guests to eat just as much as they see fit. In local culture there is the principle of "lag", which means "enough", "sufficient". This concept has come into modern culture since the time of the Vikings, when the winners after battles during the feasts, sipped mead from one horn which should have been enough for everyone. Despite the high standard of living and well-being, Sweden has the highest rate of suicide in the world.
The climate in Sweden is quite severe. The winter in this region is long and snowy, which makes winter sports incredibly popular. Sweden is one of the …
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The national culture of Sweden was formed under the influence of Christianity and paganism. Many holidays celebrated in the country have pagan roots that go back to the time of the Vikings. The country is very fond of music, both national and modern. The country annually hosts a huge number of music festivals, and many Swedish groups are popular throughout the world. During the holidays and feasts the locals like to sing folk songs, texts and music of which were passed on from generation to generation. At weddings it is customary to play traditional marches and polka, very popular and national round dances.
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Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas in Sweden
♥   Lunds domkyrka, Lund. On the map   Photos
♥   Växjö domkyrka, Växjö. On the map   Photos
♥   Skara domkyrka, Skara. On the map   Photos
♥   Linköpings domkyrka, Linköping. On the map   Photos
♥   S:t Erik Katolska Domkyrkan, Stockholm. On the map   Photos
♥   Strängnäs domkyrka, Strängnäs. On the map   Photos
♥   Västerås domkyrka, Västerås. On the map   Photos
Map of all castles
Castles of Sweden
♥   Castle 'Bergkvara Castle' . On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Bjärsjöholm Castle' . On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Bjärsjölagård Castle' . On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Björnstorp Castle' . On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Bogesund Castle' . On the map   Photos
Country maps Maps of Sweden
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Map of relief Relief map of Sweden

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Unique traditions in cities of Sweden

Stockholm
When it comes to education, it is worth noting a strong attraction of Swedes to self-education and intellectual development. They often self-study foreign languages and, as a rule, speak at least two of them. In communication the locals are rather restrained, and it’s really hard to make them show their emotions. Diligent attitude of local people is reflected not only in domestic and working issues, but also in public order. The streets here are always distinguished by wonderful purity, and … Read more
Goteborg
Local residents are self-sufficient and can stand up for themselves, being known for their straightforwardness. At the same time, they will never say anything that can offend a person. Locals prefer to get to know the person first and understand what might offend him or her. They are quite relaxed, never in a hurry, and prefer to draw up a clear plan to follow without question. They are tolerant, do not want to blame anyone for their appearance or inner qualities. Of course, as long as people … Read more
Malmo
Numerous engaging events take place within the festival. Expert crayfish fishermen compete in fishing skills and show their artful gears to each other. Cooks make the most incredible dishes of crayfish the main estimators of which turn to be the festival guests. Plenty of exotic treats, engaging sporting events and the vastest choice of kids’ attractions as well as bright performances are the main entertainments to engage the participants of the festival. This stunning event was born in … Read more
Uppsala
The holiday starts with a very unusual breakfast; according to tradition, all houses serve fresh strawberries and sparkling wine. After a light breakfast, locals go to local parks and gardens; April 30 envelops the city with mouthwatering barbecue flavor. One of the main pleasures for young city dwellers are so-called champagne races. The core of this entertainment is very simple - you need to arm yourself with bottles of champagne and go for a walk through the city streets, spraying it on … Read more
Norrkoping
This impression will change in a matter of minutes if you visit one of the traditional local pubs or steakhouses in the evening. They are among the townspeople's favorite nightlife spots where they can meet close ones and give free rein to emotions. Since ancient times, local people have developed a love for nature in all its manifestations. Agriculture, gathering, and hunting were once one of the main livelihoods for them. Some traditions have remained unchanged to the present day. … Read more
Kalmar
Accuracy, scrupulosity, and calmness are among the main traits of the Swedes’ national character. Perhaps, you might consider them too restrained and a bit boring, but these are cordial people who are friendly and sympathetic. They are always ready to help and answer all questions. But when treating others, tourists included, with tolerance and politeness, residents of Kalmar expect others to treat them accordingly. They detest noise and loud arguments in public areas, as well as disrespect … Read more

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