Being Gallant in Sweden

Source: "The Swedish Toolkit"


Gallant: (of a man) charmingly attentive to women

Ever since I was 12 years old

I have been told

To open doors for women

To walk on the right side of the sidewalk

To serve wine to women first


When I got to Sweden

women told me they could open doors themselves

That I should not change side to walk between them and the cars

And they were suspicious that I was trying to get them drunk when serving them wine 

Swedish women may feel independent

Very independent

Different gender norms apply

In order for things to go smoothly

We foreigners need to learn these local norms 



"The Swedes" and "Working with Swedes" present many of the unknown social rules in Sweden

By Julien S. Bourrelle

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